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This phenomenally successful coursebook keeps getting stronger with each new edition. Now, in addition to demonstrating a sound step-by-step approach to legal research that will serve students throughout their professional careers, THE PROCESS OF LEGAL RESEARCH, Fifth Edition, helps students choose among the proliferation of resources.

New material throughout the Fifth Edition deals with the ongoing choice between paper and electronic research, such as:
• when the choice takes place in the research process
• how the choice among different media results in different access means, scope, and currency of materials
• differences in the search capabilities of the Internet, LEXIS, and WESTLAW
• how to conserve a client's financial resources
• best research practices in terms of media choices and uses, with careful attention to when paper sources are better

This outstanding author team continues to impact the principles and practices of successful legal research with:

• The process approach that leads students through the steps of effective legal research with unmatched clarity.
Comprehensive coverage that begins with the basics (research terms, media options) and proceeds to detail specific sources for in-depth consideration.

• A clear and consistent chapter structure helps students focus on key topics and makes the book a reference of enduring value.

• A case study that demonstrates all the research sources in the context of a real example.

• Excellent illustrations that give examples of sources and prepare students for what they will find when they conduct theirresearch.

• Problem sets that help students test their knowledge and give instructors ready-to-use exercises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735569775
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I: Overview

Chapter 1. The Lay of the Land: The Importance of Legal Research, Legal Authorities, and Research Media
Chapter 2. From Curiosity to Closure: Eight Cognitive Tasks

Unit II: Secondary Sources

Chapter 3. Encyclopedias
Chapter 4. Treatises
Chapter 5. Legal Periodicals
Chapter 6. A.L.R. Annotations
Chapter 7. Restatements
Chapter 8. Additional Secondary Sources and Strategy

Unit III: Case Law

Chapter 9. Reporters, Digests, and Their Alternatives
Chapter 10. Case Citators

Unit IV: Enacted Law

Chapter 11. Codes and Session Laws
Chapter 12. Legislative Process Materials

Unit V: Administrative Materials

Chapter 13. Regulations
Chapter 14. Agency Decisions
Chapter 15. Mini-Libraries

Unit VI : Rules of Procedure and Legal Ethics

Chapter 16. Rules of Procedure
Chapter 17. Rules of Legal Ethics

Unit VII: Conclusion

Chapter 18. Developing an Integrated Research Strategy

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