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Overview

With so many texts available for legal research courses, how does Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies maintain its best-selling status? By concentrating on fundamental skills and offering premium teaching support for professors and students.

Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, leads the field with:

  • accessible, clear, step-by-step instruction on the basics of legal research
  • a building-block approach that breaks the material into discrete, easily digested parts
  • self-contained chapters on research sources that can easily adapt to a variety of teaching objectives
  • organization within each chapter that allows professors to choose how much emphasis to place on print and electronic research
  • helpful end-of-chapter checklists, clear examples, and summary charts that support comprehension and memory
  • sample pages and examples of research sources throughout—a preview of what students will encounter in practice
  • an accompanying workbook featuring practice exercises for use with the text
  • Teacher's Manual and PowerPoint slides

Updated and revised, the Fourth Edition offers:

  • updated research materials and instruction
  • increased focus on electronic research to maintain the right balance of print and electronic coverage
  • new print sample pages and electronic screen shots
  • interactive exercises and other new exercises on TeachingLaw.com

Comprehensive coverage, a proven methodology for learning, and generous teaching support—that’s what makes Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies a leading text in its field.

Available in print and online via the TeachingLaw.com coursebook platform, the updated and revised Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies is:

  • Current—Leading-edge research methods help students meet the needs of today's legal practice
  • Flexible—Increased focus on electronic research lets you determine the right balance of print and electronic coverage
  • Interactive—Quizzes and exercises are delivered online with assessment reports, allowing you to track class performance and progress
  • Just-in-time—The online content gives students direct access to the information they need for the research project they are working on at the moment

Go to www.TeachingLaw.com for more information about TeachingLaw.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735576728
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 2/26/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

1 Introduction to Legal Research 1

A Introduction to the legal system 2

B Introduction to the process of legal research 9

C Overview of print and electronic search strategies 12

D Introduction to legal citation 15

E Overview of this text 22

2 Generating Search Terms 25

A Generating search terms based on categories of information 25

B Expanding the initial search 27

3 Secondary Source Research 29

A Introduction to secondary sources 29

B Researching secondary sources in print 31

C Researching secondary sources electronically 50

D Citing secondary sources 53

E Sample pages for print secondary source research 59

F Checklist for secondary source research 74

4 Case Research 77

A Introduction to cases 77

B Researching cases in print 84

C Researching cases electronically 99

D Citing cases 105

E Sample pages for researching cases using a print digest 108

F Checklist for case research 126

5 Research with Citators 129

A Introduction to citators 129

B Using Shepard's in LexisNexis for case research 132

C Using KeyCite in Westlaw for case research 140

D Using Shepard's Citations in print for case research 145

E Sample pages for case research with Shepard's and Keycite 148

F Checklist for case research with citators 155

6 Statutory Research 157

A Introduction to statutory law 157

B Researching statutes in print 163

C Researching statutes electronically 174

D Citing statutes 184

E Sample pages for print statutory research 186

F Checklist for statutory research 198

7 Federal Legislative History Research 199

A Introduction to federal legislative history 199

B Researching federal legislativehistory in print 206

C Researching federal legislative history electronically 214

D Citing federal legislative history 222

E Sample pages for federal legislative history research 224

F Checklist for federal legislative history research 233

8 Federal Administrative Law Research 237

A Introduction to federal administrative law 237

B Researching federal regulations in print 242

C Researching federal regulations electronically 244

D Citing federal regulations 252

E Sample pages for federal administrative law research 252

F Checklist for federal administrative law research 257

9 Subject-Matter Service Research 259

A Introduction to subject-matter services 259

B Researching subject-matter services in print, CD-ROM, and Internet formats 261

C Subject-matter research in LexisNexis and Westlaw 262

D Citing subject-matter services 263

E Sample pages for subject-matter service research 264

F Checklist for subject-matter service research 268

10 Electronic Legal Research 269

A Introduction to electronic legal research 270

B Conducting effective electronic legal research 275

C Additional electronic research resources 292

D Citing authority obtained from electronic legal research services 296

E Sample pages for electronic legal research 299

F Checklist for electronic legal research 303

11 Developing a Research plan 305

A Introduction to research planning 305

B Creating a research plan 305

C Finding help 318

D Sample research plans 320

E Research checklists 325

Appendix A Selected Internet Research Resources 333

Index 339

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