Basic Legal Research : Tools and Strategies

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2012-06-01
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business

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A leader in its field, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, Fifth Edition, offers consistently clear instruction and a building-block approach. Amy E. Sloan presents her subject in manageable parts that gradually build in complexity. Ideal as a course book or reference, this text offers flexibility and supports instruction in print and electronic research. A wealth of learning aids includes sample pages, examples, checklists, and summary charts. Exercises in the accompanying workbook provide more opportunities to test and apply legal research tools and strategies.

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
Introduction to research planningp. 13
Introduction to legal citationp. 17
Overview of this textp. 24
Generating Search Termsp. 27
Generating search terms based on categories of informationp. 27
Expanding the initial searchp. 30
Prioritizing search termsp. 31
Evaluating Search Optionsp. 33
Introduction to search approachesp. 33
Source-driven search processp. 34
Content-driven search processp. 37
Evaluating search optionsp. 38
Secondary Source Researchp. 43
Introduction to secondary sourcesp. 43
Researching secondary sources in printp. 51
Researching secondary sources electronicallyp. 61
Citing secondary sourcesp. 68
Sample pages for secondary source researchp. 74
Checklist for secondary source researchp. 89
Case Researchp. 93
Introduction to casesp. 93
Researching cases in printp. 100
Researching cases electronicallyp. 112
Citing casesp. 124
Sample pages for case researchp. 126
Checklist for case researchp. 141
Research with Citatorsp. 143
Introduction to citatorsp. 143
Using Shepard's in Lexis for case researchp. 145
Using KeyCite in Westlaw for case researchp. 155
Choosing among citatorsp. 164
Sample pages for case research with Shepard's and KeyCitep. 166
Checklist for case research with citatorsp. 170
Statutory Researchp. 173
Introduction to statutory lawp. 173
Researching statutes in printp. 180
Researching statutes electronicallyp. 191
Citing statutesp. 204
Sample pages for statutory researchp. 206
Checklist for statutory researchp. 217
Federal Legislative History Researchp. 219
Introduction to federal legislative historyp. 219
Researching federal legislative history in printp. 225
Researching federal legislative history electronicallyp. 229
Citing federal legislative historyp. 236
Sample pages for federal legislative history researchp. 239
Checklist for federal legislative history researchp. 244
Federal Administrative Law Researchp. 247
Introduction to federal administrative lawp. 247
Researching federal regulations in printp. 251
Researching federal regulations electronicallyp. 253
Citing federal regulationsp. 261
Sample pages for federal administrative law researchp. 262
Checklist for federal administrative law researchp. 268
Electronic Legal Researchp. 271
Introduction to electronic legal researchp. 272
Effective word searchingp. 279
Additional electronic research resourcesp. 291
Citing authority obtained from electronic legal research servicesp. 293
Checklist for electronic legal researchp. 297
Developing a Research Planp. 299
Introduction to research planningp. 299
Creating a research planp. 299
Finding helpp. 312
Sample research plansp. 314
Research checklistsp. 319
Selected Internet Research Resourcesp. 327
Indexp. 333
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