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  • Refugee And Asylum Law Research 2010

    1. 1. RESEARCHING REFUGEE AND ASYLUM LAW<br />Margaret Clark,<br />Reference Librarian<br />FSU College of Law Research Center<br />February 2010<br />
    2. 2. Refugee & Asylum Law Research<br />Step 1: Choosing a topic<br />Step 2: Pre-emption check<br />Step 3: Background research<br />Step 4: Primary Materials <br />
    3. 3. Step 1: Choosing a Topic Specialized current awareness<br />
    4. 4. Step 1: Choosing a Topic Specialized current awareness<br />BNA U.S. Law Week<br />
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    7. 7. Step 1: Choosing a Topic Specialized current awareness<br />Sign up for BNA Email<br />
    8. 8. Step 1: Choosing a Topic News Aggregators<br />
    9. 9. Step 1: Choosing a Topic Specialized current awareness<br />U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants<br />
    10. 10. Step 1: Choosing a Topic Specialized current awareness<br />
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    12. 12. Step 1: Choosing a Topic Blogs<br />Online publication tools for posting commentary, news, opinions and debating issues<br />
    13. 13. Step 2: Pre-Emption Check<br />Determine that nobody else has published on same thesis as yours<br />Use step-by-step handout<br />Consult cutting-edge resources<br />
    14. 14. Step 2: Pre-Emption CheckScholarly papers<br />Social Science Research Network (SSRN)<br />
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    16. 16. Refugee and Asylum law<br />Research is challenging!<br />Field is interdisciplinary<br />Research is found primarily in reports and working papers<br />Need for current information<br />
    17. 17. Step 3: Background ResearchSecondary Sources<br />Research guides<br />Books and treatises<br />Journal articles<br />Reports / Country Reports<br />News sources <br />
    18. 18. Step 3: Background ResearchResearch Guides<br />Use research guides that organize the primary and secondary sources<br />By Elisa Mason<br />Guide to Forced Migration Resources on the Web<br />Guide to International Refugee Law on the Web<br />By others<br />Asylum Case Research Guide(Georgetown)<br />Refugee Protection Research Guide(Georgetown)<br />
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    21. 21. Step 3: Background ResearchTreatises<br />Texts<br />AILA’s Asylum Primer, 3rd ed.<br />The Refugee under International Law<br />Rights of Refugees under International Law<br />Loose-leafs<br />Immigration Law and Procedure, Lexis<br />Immigration Law Service, West<br />
    22. 22. Step 3: Background ResearchTreatises<br />TOOLS FOR LOCATING TREATISES<br />FSU Online Catalog<br />WorldCat<br />IndexMaster<br />Digital Libraries<br />Westlaw & Lexis<br />
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    25. 25. Step 3: Background ResearchTreatises - Tools for locating<br />Digital Libraries<br />
    26. 26. Step 3: Background ResearchTreatises - Tools for locating<br />
    27. 27. Step 3: Background ResearchTreatises - Tools for locating<br />
    28. 28. Step 3: Background ResearchArticles and Law Reviews<br />LOCATE ARTICLES, after 1980<br /><ul><li>WESTLAW and LEXIS
    29. 29. Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
    30. 30. Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP)
    31. 31. Public Affairs International Service</li></li></ul><li>
    32. 32. Step 3: Background ResearchArticles and Law Reviews<br />ARTICLESbefore1980<br /><ul><li>Index Legal Periodicals - Retrospective
    33. 33. Hein Online
    34. 34. JSTOR</li></li></ul><li>Step 3: Background ResearchReports<br />
    35. 35. Step 3: Background ResearchReports<br />
    36. 36. Step 3: Background ResearchReports<br />
    37. 37. Step 3: Background ResearchCountry Reports<br />
    38. 38. STEP 4: Primary Materials<br />Treaties and conventions<br />Domestic legislation<br />Case law<br />
    39. 39. STEP 4: Primary MaterialsTreaties and conventions<br />FINDING TEXT OF TREATIES<br />Refugee Treaties – <br />RefWorld Legal Collection<br />U Minn Human Rights Library<br />Status of Refugee Treaties<br />U.N. Treaty Collection<br />Ratification – Reservations - Declarations<br />
    40. 40. STEP 4: Primary MaterialsDomestic Legislation<br />REFLEG–UNHCR<br />Foreign Law Guide<br />Westlaw or LexisNexis <br />
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    53. 53. Final Words<br />Give yourself plenty of time. <br />Review published research guides or review Pathfinder.<br />Develop a research strategy and keep a journal of what you’ve searched and where. <br />Lots on the Web but NOT EVERYTHING.<br />ILL process may take a week or more<br />Please ASK for help from Librarians! <br />
    54. 54. Questions?<br />

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