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Legal Research and Writing, 5E is an excellent reference tool for anyone in the legal field. The research chapters cover the variety of media formats in which modern legal research is performed including the Internet and CD-ROMs. The writing chapters provide samples of letters, memoranda of law and portions of appellate briefs and the included writing exercises are perfect for self-study. Numerous photographs of books, sample pages and computer screens are also included.
PART I: LEGAL RESEARCH: Preliminary Considerations. Catagories of Law and Research Materials. Defining Research Materials: An Introductory Overview. Authority in Research and Writing. Citation Form. Components of Many Law Books. The CARTWHEEL and Other Index Search Systems. The First Level of Legal Research: Background. Checklists for Using Nine Major Search Resources. Case Law. Statutory Law. Other Primary Authority. Computer Research. Validations-TheThird Level of Research: Ending Your Research. PART II: LEGAL WRITING: Letter Writing. Memorandum of Law. Appellate Brief. APPENDIES: A. State Legal Research Reference. B. Case Law on the Internet. C. Court Opinions for Assignments. D. Usage Guidelines for Formal Writing. GLOSSARY. INDEX.