Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies

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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 throughouta 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 supportthat'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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction to Legal Researchp. 1
Introduction to the legal systemp. 2
Introduction to the process of legal researchp. 9
Overview of print and electronic search strategiesp. 12
Introduction to legal citationp. 15
Overview of this textp. 22
Generating Search Termsp. 25
Generating search terms based on categories of informationp. 25
Expanding the initial searchp. 27
Secondary Source Researchp. 29
Introduction to secondary sourcesp. 29
Researching secondary sources in printp. 31
Researching secondary sources electronicallyp. 50
Citing secondary sourcesp. 53
Sample pages for print secondary source researchp. 59
Checklist for secondary source researchp. 74
Case Researchp. 77
Introduction to casesp. 77
Researching cases in printp. 84
Researching cases electronicallyp. 99
Citing casesp. 105
Sample pages for researching cases using a print digestp. 108
Checklist for case researchp. 126
Research with Citatorsp. 129
Introduction to citatorsp. 129
Using Shepard's in LexisNexis for case researchp. 132
Using KeyCite in Westlaw for case researchp. 140
Using Shepard's Citations in print for case researchp. 145
Sample pages for case research with Shepard's and Keycitep. 148
Checklist for case research with citatorsp. 155
Statutory Researchp. 157
Introduction to statutory lawp. 157
Researching statutes in printp. 163
Researching statutes electronicallyp. 174
Citing statutesp. 184
Sample pages for print statutory researchp. 186
Checklist for statutory researchp. 198
Federal Legislative History Researchp. 199
Introduction to federal legislative historyp. 199
Researching federal legislative history in printp. 206
Researching federal legislative history electronicallyp. 214
Citing federal legislative historyp. 222
Sample pages for federal legislative history researchp. 224
Checklist for federal legislative history researchp. 233
Federal Administrative Law Researchp. 237
Introduction to federal administrative lawp. 237
Researching federal regulations in printp. 242
Researching federal regulations electronicallyp. 244
Citing federal regulationsp. 252
Sample pages for federal administrative law researchp. 252
Checklist for federal administrative law researchp. 257
Subject-Matter Service Researchp. 259
Introduction to subject-matter servicesp. 259
Researching subject-matter services in print, CD-ROM, and Internet formatsp. 261
Subject-matter research in LexisNexis and Westlawp. 262
Citing subject-matter servicesp. 263
Sample pages for subject-matter service researchp. 264
Checklist for subject-matter service researchp. 268
Electronic Legal Researchp. 269
Introduction to electronic legal researchp. 270
Conducting effective electronic legal researchp. 275
Additional electronic research resourcesp. 292
Citing authority obtained from electronic legal research servicesp. 296
Sample pages for electronic legal researchp. 299
Checklist for electronic legal researchp. 303
Developing a Research planp. 305
Introduction to research planningp. 305
Creating a research planp. 305
Finding helpp. 318
Sample research plansp. 320
Research checklistsp. 325
Selected Internet Research Resourcesp. 333
Indexp. 339
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