A Reintroduction to Legal Research


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Some of us are a little rusty on legal research. Never fear! This 11-page crash course will help get you back up to speed on the basics and more.

Table of Contents

  • What is Legal Research?
  • What Exactly are We Looking for?
    • Primary Sources
    • Secondary Sources
  • How to “Do” Legal Research
    • Determine the Scope
    • Get and Analyze the Facts
    • Decide the Legal Issues You Need to Research
    • Research the Legal Issues
    • Update Your Research
    • When to Stop Researching
  • Research Sites and Tools
    • Free Legal Research Sites
    • Boolean Operators
  • Conclusion

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