Electronic Legal Research : An Integrated Approach

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-11
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach, second edition, is dedicated to fully explaining the rationale of legal research, guiding readers through the individual steps necessary to develop their own research strategies. Through exploration into the topic of legal database searching with substance and depth Electronic Legal Research facilitates long-term learning. Since new products are introduced every day and the market leaders constantly change, this text takes the approach of one set of skills, Boolean searching. This approach will enable the beginning researcher to do research in nearly any electronic database, specifically training students to research paid legal databases and the Internet. Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach, second edition, is based on the concept of critical thinking allowing for intelligent decisions about how to find information through effective resource selection and query construction. Rather than a traditional how-to book, Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach truly facilitates learning by presenting up to date information and challenging exercises that focus on critical thinking skills and practical skill implementation. This practical approach is a useful research guide for both students and working professionals, in both paralegal and attorney roles.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
About the Authorp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
For the Studentp. xxi
How to Searchp. 1
Basic Electronic Searchingp. 3
Electronic Legal Researchp. 4
Overview of Boolean Searchingp. 4
Basic Boolean Operatorsp. 4
Other Useful Operatorsp. 7
Query Formation Strategyp. 15
Introduction to Queriesp. 16
A Query Formation Strategyp. 17
Query Troubleshootingp. 24
Paid Legal Databasesp. 35
Introductionp. 36
Westlawp. 36
Lexisp. 37
Other Paid Legal Databasesp. 39
Beginning Your Researchp. 43
Internet Legal Researchp. 54
Welcome to the Internetp. 55
Where to Look for Informationp. 55
How to Look for Informationp. 62
Your Internet Toolboxp. 65
How to Determine the Credibility and Usefulness of What You Findp. 66
Free Versus Paidp. 71
What to Search forp. 79
Finding and Understanding Statutesp. 81
Review of Statutory Lawp. 82
Statute Search Strategiesp. 83
Statutory Interpretationp. 94
Finding and Understanding Regulationsp. 103
Review of Administrative Agenciesp. 104
Regulation Search Strategyp. 104
Regulatory Guidance Search Strategyp. 110
Finding Casesp. 123
Review of Case Lawp. 124
Case Law Search Strategyp. 124
Finding Secondary Sourcesp. 143
Introductionp. 144
Dictionaries and Encyclopediasp. 145
Law Review Articlesp. 147
Practice Books, Hornbooks, Restatements, and Other Explanatory Materialp. 150
Legal and Other Newsp. 152
Researcher's Guide to the U.S. Governmentp. 165
Legislative Historyp. 167
Regulatory Guidance and Rule Trackingp. 175
25 Tips to Improve Your Internet Research Skillsp. 179
Glossaryp. 189
Indexp. 193
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