This essential primer on legal research is written specifically for criminal justice and social sciences students. The book's basic, how-to approach makes it suitable not only as a guiding text for research courses, but also as a key supplementary text for courses in which legal research is a secondary requirement. Stripped of the cumbersome information found in similar texts for legal students, this slim essentials book gives criminal justice and social sciences students the tools they need for successful research.
Introduces printed and computerized legal references and research systems and explains how they can be used to help answer questions of law and to assemble other law-related information. Almost all of the examples involve legal issues related to criminal justice in order to demonstrate references and databases of special interest to researchers in that field. Downplays Internet sources, which tend not to be organized and classified according to the system that accesses more traditional sources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Contents: The Building Blocks for Legal Research * Secondary Legal Authorities and Social Science References * Primary Legal Authorities and Related Research Tools * Putting It All Together: Sample Problems and Research Strategies * Index