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Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
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Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
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Bridge the gap research strategies 2014
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  • 1. Research Refresher: Summer Dos and Don’ts Suzanne B. Corriell March 24, 2014
  • 2. Do Your Homework  Before you arrive  Review state court and legislative structure for your jurisdiction  State Legislative Sourcebook  Know what your jurisdiction has available online
  • 3. Do Pack Your Bags  Take materials with you  Take your laptop (VPN)  Take your Bluebook  Style manuals  Black’s Law Dictionary  A thesaurus for search terms  List of nearby law schools and libraries
  • 4. Do Ask Questions  Of the librarian  Online research availability  Library information  Of the assigning attorney  Suggested starting points  Brief bank
  • 5. Do Develop a Plan  Review facts  Identify issues  Determine jurisdiction  Identify search terms
  • 6. Do Stay Organized  Identify resources consulted  Keep some sort of record of the searches you do so you don’t re-do a search  Keep track of time  Keep print-outs in order and maintain a filing system for research  Use online organizers  Research trail; history; WL/LX folders  Google Web History; IE’s “send to OneNote”  netfilesuserssscorrieloutboxBridge the Gap 2014
  • 7. Don’t Start with Case Law!  Begin by looking at…  Dictionaries  Legal encyclopedias  Secondary resources  Treatises  Practice materials & CLEs  Periodicals
  • 8. Do Use Citators  Very important!  Shepard’s/KeyCite/BCite  Check for “good law”  Help locate other cases  Help locate other resources  Read!  Don't rely solely on the signals
  • 9. Lexis and Westlaw  Educational and Pro Bono Use Only  Westlaw  Anything  Lexis (Lexis Advance)  Bloomberg Law
  • 10. Do Use Lexis and Westlaw Effectively  Plan ahead  Know your “pricing plan”  http://guides.law.csuohio.edu/wexis_pricing  Use smallest database (in classic versions)  Start broadly and narrow your search based on the results  If you have access to both, know the preference of the partner with whom you’re working  Call/chat for help
  • 11. Do Use Law Library Resources  For corporate/paid jobs  LexisNexis Academic (VPN)  HeinOnline (VPN)  Bloomberg BNA (VPN)  CCH Intelliconnect (VPN)  Bloomberg Law  Law360  Checkpoint (VPN)  http://law.richmond.edu/library/databases.html  Use the law school’s public terminal
  • 12. Use What You Have  If it’s available in print in your firm library, use the print – it’s FREE!  If you are taking over a project someone else started, get their research notes  Get examples from other associates  Find templates (motions and briefs)
  • 13. Do Know Your Current Events  Yahoo Finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/  Law.com: http://www.law.com  Above the Law: http://www.abovethelaw.com/  Jurist: http://jurist.org/  Virginia Lawyers Weekly: http://valawyersweekly.com and http://valawyersweekly.com/vlwblog  Law360: http://www.law360.com/
  • 14. Do Every Project  50 State Surveys  ALRs, Uniform Laws Annotated, Shepard’s Acts and Cases by Popular Name, Subject Compilations of State Laws, loose-leaf services  http://tarltonguides.law.utexas.edu/content.php?pid=242166&sid=2028342  Legislative histories  Compiled legislative histories  Search: [state] +“legislative history”  http://www.law.indiana.edu/library/services/sta_leg.shtml
  • 15. Do Google It*  Many free resources  Search: [jurisdiction] +“legal research”  Search: [topic] +“legal research”  Look for search tips, advanced search  Topic specific searches  File extensions  Evaluate site (.gov, .edu, .com) * Don’t cite to Wikipedia (but do use it)
  • 16. Do Fix What’s Broken  Broken links on Google?  Deconstruct “bad” URL  Remove /parts/ of URL starting at right  http://law.slu.edu/library/reference/missouri  http://law.slu.edu/library/reference  http://law.slu.edu/library/  Browse for information  Use “cached” page  Use the Wayback Machine: www.archive.org  http://www.virginia.edu/history/faculty/ayers.html
  • 17. Do Use Spell Check (and some common sense)
  • 18. Don’t Pay!  FindLaw (http://findlaw.com/)  Federal resources  THOMAS (http://thomas.loc.gov/)  FDsys (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/)  Justia (http://www.justia.com)  http://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_
  • 19. Don’t Pay (continued)*  http://www.brbpub.com/default.asp  http://www.municode.com/  http://www.forms.gov  http://www.uscourtforms.com/  http://www.lectlaw.com  http://library.law.emory.edu/electronic- resources/free-legal-web-resources/  * Remember to authenticate your research!
  • 20. Do Use Flat-Rate Resources  Bloomberg BNA  Bloomberg Law (http://www.bloomberglaw.com/start)  CCH Intelliconnect
  • 21. Do Appreciate Librarians  Zimmerman’s Research Guide http://law.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmermans/  Cornell Legal Information Institute http://www.law.cornell.edu/  Georgetown Law Library Research Guides http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/
  • 22. Do Appreciate Librarians (Again)  Legislative Source Book http://www.llsdc.org/sourcebook/  LLRX http://www.LLRX.com  The Virtual Chase How-To Guides: http://virtualchase.justia.com/legal-research
  • 23. Do Know When To Say When  Stop researching  When you stop finding good new resources  Re-evaluate if you’re finding nothing at all  Report back  Restate the question  Quick answer, then elaborate  Describe research process  Give verifiable citations  Stay on point
  • 24. Don’t Be “That Guy” or “That Girl”  If you aren’t assigned a mentor, find one for yourself  Find someone who you admire and who will give you good advice  Get to know the firm librarians and treat them well  Be nice to your secretary, if you have one, and to all support staff!
  • 25. Do Keep It Simple
  • 26. Do Ask More Questions!  Anyone?  Handouts and slides from this presentation will be made available through a libguide on the library’s website (http://law.richmond.libguides.com/)
  • 27. Don’t Forget Us!  Reference Desk - 289-8685  Paul Birch  289-8222; pbirch@richmond.edu  Timothy Coggins  289-8218; tcoggins@richmond.edu  Suzanne Corriell  289-8217; scorriel@richmond.edu  Alexis Fetzer  289-8727; afetzer@richmond.edu  Joyce Manna Janto  289-8223; jjanto@richmond.edu  Amy O’Connor  289-8221; aoconno2@richmond.edu  Andrew Winston  484-1617; awinsto2@richmond.edu  Gail Zwirner  287-6555; gzwirner@richmond.edu

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