1. Start with Background Research
2. Then move on to Focused Research
Make an appointment with a librarian for a research consultation.
Develop a legal research strategy and add these tips and tools to your legal research checklist. It is often helpful to begin your research in an unfamiliar area of law with a secondary source like a research guide. Below you'll find a list of our favorite legal research guides as well as tips on how to find others.
Search [type of law] law research guide
ex. health law research guide
ex. health law research guide site:.edu (adding site:.edu to Google limits the search to .edu sites only)
Search [type of law] law pathfinder
ex. health law pathfinder
Search [type of law] "annotated bibliography"
ex. health law "annotated bibliography"
Search the catalog for subject headings "legal research" or "law bibliography" or do a keyword search for [legal topic] legal research (ex. animal rights legal research).
Need to search for articles beyond Westlaw and Lexis? Check our specialized legal article databases, as well as our links to SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network and other working paper depositories.
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