Legal Research Tips
November 29, 2005 at 2:25 PM
For those of you working on papers or other research projects, we thought we’d dispense a few legal research tips:
- If you don’t know about LLRX.com yet, you definitely need to bookmark this page. In the words of LLRX’s founders, the site is "a unique, free Web journal" that is devoted entirely to providing tips on legal research and legal technology. This site can solve a lot of tough legal research problems with its reliable research guides on a wide variety of topics. LLRX.com is especially valuable for foreign and international legal research topics. It also has a handy search engine that you can use to find state and federal court rules, forms, and dockets.
- Law librarians develop a wide range of detailed and useful legal research guides and post them on law library websites for the whole world to see. Heafey’s research guides can be found here, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t seek out research guides from other law school libraries. If you take the time to find these guides, you’ll find a wealth of legal research knowledge at your fingertips. If you’re new to an area of law, you can usually find law library research guides using a simple Google search. Just type in the area of law that you’re researching, then type the phrase "research guide" in quotations, and restrict your search by typing "site:.edu" without quotations (this portion of the search query restricts your search to URLs that end in ".edu"). For example, if you’re looking for guides on art law, your search query will look like this:
art law "research guide" site:.edu
Try this search the next time that you’re researching a brand new area -- you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the resources that you turn up.