Basic legal research : tools and strategies /

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Author / Creator:Sloan, Amy E., 1964-
Edition:4th ed.
Imprint:New York : Aspen Publishers, c2009.
Description:xxix, 357 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Legal research -- United States.
Legal research.
United States.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/7715549
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ISBN:9780735576728
0735576726
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-337) and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction to Legal Research
  • A. Introduction to the legal system
  • B. Introduction to the process of legal research
  • C. Overview of print and electronic search strategies
  • D. Introduction to legal citation
  • E. Overview of this text
  • 2. Generating Search Terms
  • A. Generating search terms based on categories of information
  • B. Expanding the initial search
  • 3. Secondary Source Research
  • A. Introduction to secondary sources
  • B. Researching secondary sources in print
  • C. Researching secondary sources electronically
  • D. Citing secondary sources
  • E. Sample pages for print secondary source research
  • F. Checklist for secondary source research
  • 4. Case Research
  • A. Introduction to cases
  • B. Researching cases in print
  • C. Researching cases electronically
  • D. Citing cases
  • A. Introduction to citators
  • E. Sample pages for researching cases using a print digest
  • F. Checklist for case research
  • 5. Research with Citators
  • B. Using Shepard's in LexisNexis for case research
  • C. Using KeyCite in Westlaw for case research
  • D. Using Shepard's Citations in print for case research
  • E. Sample pages for case research with Shepard's and Keycite
  • F. Checklist for case research with citators
  • 6. Statutory Research
  • A. Introduction to statutory law
  • B. Researching statutes in print
  • C. Researching statutes electronically
  • D. Citing statutes
  • E. Sample pages for print statutory research
  • F. Checklist for statutory research
  • 7. Federal Legislative History Research
  • A. Introduction to federal legislative history
  • B. Researching federal legislative history in print
  • C. Researching federal legislative history electronically
  • 8. Federal Administrative Law Research
  • D. Citing federal legislative history
  • E. Sample pages for federal legislative history research
  • F. Checklist for federal legislative history research
  • A. Introduction to federal administrative law
  • B. Researching federal regulations in print
  • C. Researching federal regulations electronically
  • D. Citing federal regulations
  • E. Sample pages for federal administrative law research
  • F. Checklist for federal administrative law research
  • 9. Subject-Matter Service Research
  • A. Introduction to subject-matter services
  • B. Researching subject-matter services in print, CD-ROM, and Internet formats
  • C. Subject-matter research in LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • D. Citing subject-matter services
  • E. Sample pages for subject-matter service research
  • F. Checklist for subject-matter service research
  • 10. Electronic Legal Research
  • A. Introduction to electronic legal research
  • B. Conducting effective electronic legal research
  • F. Checklist for electronic legal research
  • C. Additional electronic research resources
  • D. Citing authority obtained from electronic legal research services
  • E. Sample pages for electronic legal research
  • 11. Developing a Research plan
  • A. Introduction to research planning
  • B. Creating a research plan
  • C. Finding help
  • D. Sample research plans
  • E. Research checklists
  • Index
  • Appendix A. Selected Internet Research Resources