online database which contains full text judgments and Acts of Supreme Court of India, All High Courts, All Tribunals & Central Acts and commentaries in corporate, commercial, banking & finance, intellectual property, ADR, civil and criminal law.
It also contains US legal & all commonwealth cases.
Certain types of writing call for a different approach.
If you are writing exposition, you often need to describe a process.
Legal research helps you to find the pieces of the puzzle.
This includes the primary sources of law (cases, statutes, and regulations) as well as secondary sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, books and journal articles. If you're reading this, you're probably about to start your open memo or your appellate brief, and have no idea where to begin researching.This guide will walk you through the steps to find the law to apply to your case, from reading your fact pattern to beginning to write. If you think a written tutorial would be more helpful, or if you have a question you'd like to see answered, email Lorelle Anderson (at right) to request it.Annotate your research: Once you’ve gathered all your research, print it out (if it is an online source) and gather post-its or anything you need to mark notes in the books/magazines you are using.This step is very important: read through your research, take notes on what you think is important, and highlight key facts and phrases.But I also believe that every one of you can be great.Good legal research is one of the foundations to being a great attorney. We are happy to help you both in law school and after you graduate.Good legal research skills can help you to be competitive in the legal marketplace.The best thing you can do to help yourselves in legal research is to carefully read the substantive cases in your class like civil procedure, criminal law and contracts.Your reference librarians are Lorelle Anderson and Paul Mc Laughlin.We want to help you, but our help can only extend so far. Legal research is part of the 1L legal Methods course but I want to stress that it is important to pay attention to legal research in its own right.