Basic Legal Research Tools and Strategies

ISBN-10: 1454808470

ISBN-13: 9781454808473

Edition: 5th 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Amy E. Sloan

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List price: $101.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Professor Amy E. Sloan earned her J.D. with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School. She was a member of the George Washington Law Review and Order of the Coif; she also received the Imogen Williford Constitutional Law Award and the Bureau of National Affairs Law Student Prize. After graduating, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable William M. Nickerson and the Honorable Edward S. Northrop at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Professional HistoryProfessor Sloan began her teaching career at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. She also taught at The George Washington University Law School, where she directed the Legal Research and Writing Program. In 2001, Professor Sloan joined the University of Baltimore law faculty to lead the Legal Skills Program jointly with Professor Eric B. Easton. Professor Sloan is active in the national research and writing community. She served as president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors in 2002-03 and as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research in 1999. She speaks regularly about legal writing and research at local, regional, and national legal writing conferences.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to Legal Research
Introduction to the legal system
Introduction to the process of legal research
Introduction to research planning
Introduction to legal citation
Overview of this text
Generating Search Terms
Generating search terms based on categories of information
Expanding the initial search
Prioritizing search terms
Evaluating Search Options
Introduction to search approaches
Source-driven search process
Content-driven search process
Evaluating search options
Secondary Source Research
Introduction to secondary sources
Researching secondary sources in print
Researching secondary sources electronically
Citing secondary sources
Sample pages for secondary source research
Checklist for secondary source research
Case Research
Introduction to cases
Researching cases in print
Researching cases electronically
Citing cases
Sample pages for case research
Checklist for case research
Research with Citators
Introduction to citators
Using Shepard's in Lexis for case research
Using KeyCite in Westlaw for case research
Choosing among citators
Sample pages for case research with Shepard's and KeyCite
Checklist for case research with citators
Statutory Research
Introduction to statutory law
Researching statutes in print
Researching statutes electronically
Citing statutes
Sample pages for statutory research
Checklist for statutory research
Federal Legislative History Research
Introduction to federal legislative history
Researching federal legislative history in print
Researching federal legislative history electronically
Citing federal legislative history
Sample pages for federal legislative history research
Checklist for federal legislative history research
Federal Administrative Law Research
Introduction to federal administrative law
Researching federal regulations in print
Researching federal regulations electronically
Citing federal regulations
Sample pages for federal administrative law research
Checklist for federal administrative law research
Electronic Legal Research
Introduction to electronic legal research
Effective word searching
Additional electronic research resources
Citing authority obtained from electronic legal research services
Checklist for electronic legal research
Developing a Research Plan
Introduction to research planning
Creating a research plan
Finding help
Sample research plans
Research checklists
Selected Internet Research Resources
Index
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