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Introduction to Legal Research for Law Students  

So, your first-year classes are giving you a basic understanding of how law is made; now, how do you find it? This guide is a brief introduction to the sources of law you may be researching and how to access them.
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Introduction

Your first-year classes give you a basic understanding of how law is made.  Now, how do you find it?  This guide provides an introduction in three parts:

(1) Things to know about the Library for your first semester, including -

  • Law Library top seven list

  • Legal Research & Writing class assignment resources

  • Final exam resources

(2) Tips for your second semester research, including -

  • Locating materials for research

  • Navigating The Bluebook

  • See our guide for cite checkers for tips to help you with your first journal cite check.

(3) A quick-start guide for researching in your summer job, covering -

  • Tips for designing a research plan

  • Secondary sources

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