Legal Research in a Nutshell
The books in West's Nutshell Series provide succinct summaries of the law in a wide range of subjects. Legal Research in a Nutshell is a guide to the legal research process in general and to the specific sources used to research the law. A free companion Web site provides links to the online sources referenced in the Nutshell. This item is part of the Law Library's Academic Success collection and is shelved on the 3rd floor.
Introduction to Legal Research PowerPoint
The following PowerPoint presentation was created to accompany the 2015 First Year Legal Research lecture on Introduction to Sources of Law and Legal Research.
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
The goal of legal research is usually to find primary authority (a case, statute, or administrative law document) to support a legal argument. To perform legal research, you must learn how to use specialized resources to find these materials.
During the First Year Legal Research course, you will be introduced to these specialized resources. You will learn how to find research resources both in print and online formats. You will also be introduced to electronic citation checking (a system for ensuring that your case has not been overruled or reversed) and will receive training on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law, the major commercial sources of online legal information. Finally, you will learn about research strategies such as knowing how to get started, when it's best to use print and when it's best to use online resources, what to do if you hit a dead-end, and how to know when your research is actually done.
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