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The Pocket Guide to Legal Research is a comprehensive desk reference for use by paralegal students, practicing paralegals, legal assistants, and attorneys. The format allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered research questions concerning case, statutory, secondary authority, Internet research, and legal citation. A glossary of relevant legal research terms is included, along with three appendices covering court opinion, elements of statute, and a research source chart. Written in a non-technical manner, this book is an appropriate resource for learners at all levels.
"Being familiar with the quality of books by this author and the ever comprehensive and useful format in which they are done, I would not hesitate to adopt the book." Sheila McGlothlin, Paralegal
"It was a pleasure to review this book. It is one of the best overviews of legal research and analysis that I have seen in years." Paul Anderson, Associate Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University
William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.
Chapter 1: Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law and Court Rules, Research and Analysis Chapter 2: Case Law Research and Briefing Chapter 3: Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources,Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests & Shephards Chapter 4: Secondary Authoirty Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries. Legislative Law History and Other Secondary Authorities Chapter 5: Computer and Internet Research Chapter 6: Fee Based Computer Reseach Chapter 7: Constitutions,Statutes, Administrative Law, Court Rule Elements and Analysis Chapter 8: The Role of Key Terms and Key Facts in Legal Research Chapter 9: Issue Identification Spotting the Issue Chapter 10: Case Law Analysis A Case on Point Chapter 11: The Research Process for Effective Legal Research Chapter 12: Legal Citation Glossary Index