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  • Identify the scope of the legal question Jurisdiction Key sources and search termsApplicable time periodStart by consulting a secondary sourceIdentify the relevant legislationIdentify the cases that are on-pointConfirm the authority is still good lawSearch online to fill gaps in your researchKeep a record of your research trail

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  • 1. Corporate Crime Legal Research Refresher Charlotte Gill Research Librarian, Law Aug 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 2.  Outcomes  Research Strategy  Search Tools and Techniques  Case Study  Resources  Tips Outline © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 3. Objective  Refresh your legal research skills  Highlight some of the relevant resources. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 4. Research Strategy Have a plan! 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 5. Legal Research Process  Identify the scope of the legal question  Start by consulting a secondary source  Identify the relevant legislation  Identify the cases that are on-point  Confirm the authority is still good law  Expand your search to fill any gaps  Keep a record of your research trail (Modified from http://denning.law.ox.ac.uk/Irsp/overview/process.php) 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 6. Search Tools and Techniques © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 7. Identifying alternative keywords 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 8. Connectors Connect the terms in a way computers can process them. 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 9. Phrase  Phrase Search – use “__” E.g. “poison pill” means the words must appear in the specified order. 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 10. AND  Boolean AND X AND Y both X and Y must be present negligence AND causation YX 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 11. OR  Boolean OR A OR B either A or B is present equitable OR beneficial AB 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 12. Truncation  Truncation (!) gets all variations of word endings reason! reason, reasons, reasoning 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 13. Truncate Carefully  Think about where you truncate your search terms. E.g. Negligen! Negligence, Negligent E.g. Defam! defamation, defame, defamed E.g. Def! defined, definite, deface 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 14. Proximity Operators pay w/3 television design w/s defect utterance w/p hearsay Proximity operators (w/n, w/s, w/p) determine how close the terms appear in the document. It increases the probability that the terms are related. 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 15. Parentheses Parentheses ( ) to group terms you want processed first. Compare the two search statements  journalist AND (defamation OR publish)  (journalist AND defamation) OR publish 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 16. Search Statements  Circumstances w/s mitigat!  (“take over” OR takeover) W/p “poison pill” Putting all the pieces together! 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 17. LawNet, Lexis, Westlaw Search Function LawNet Lexis Westlaw And AND AND & or OR OR a space e.g. lawyer counsel And Not But Not NOT AND NOT % Phrase searching Simply enter the phrase the way it ordinarily appears. Simply enter the phrase the way it ordinarily appears. “ _” Truncation * (? – single letter) ! ! Wildcard * * * Within N words w/n W/N /n Precedes by N words PRE/N +n In same paragraph W/P /p In same sentence w/s /s 27 August 2014 © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 18. Database Help Sheet  Available on the Law Research Navigator © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 19. Case Study Review the law regarding corporate criminal liability in the United Kingdom. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 20. Secondary Resources © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 21. Texts & Articles © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 22. Lexis Library – Commentary © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 23. Narrow by Source or Topics © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 24. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved Narrow by Source or Topics
  • 25. Halsbury’s Laws of England © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 26. Search © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 27. Browse the Index © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 28. Index © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 34. Stop Press © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 35. Annotations © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 36. Status Snapshot © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 37. Find related commentary © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 38. Find related cases © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 39. Find related explanatory note © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 43. Hansard © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 45. Law Commission Report © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 48. Hansard © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 49. Case Law Research Tesco Supermarkets v Natrass  Use JustCite – locate the case and note up.  Available in LawNet © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 50. Locate the case © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 51. Subsequent Treatment (Note Up) © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 52. Articles © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 53. Precedent Map © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 54. Other tools for case law  LawNet  Westlaw  Lexis  i-law.com © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 55. Journal Articles  Westlaw World Journals © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 59. i-law.com © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 60. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved i-law.com
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  • 65. Google Scholar © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 66. Locating journal article by citation © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 68. News Search Factiva  Over 28,000 sources from 157 countries in 23 languages, including nearly 600 continuously updated newswires like Dow Jones and Reuters. More than 2,300 sources are available on or before the date of publication.  Find listed Singapore and international companies information under Companies/Markets and browse selected newspapers under News Pages. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 69. News – NLB e-resources Library PressDisplay provides full-colour digital replications of hundreds of newspapers from around the globe. It offers full content and interactive access to more than 1,000 newspaper titles, from more than 80 countries and published in over 39 languages. Available from home. The Straits Times is available in libraries only. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 70. News NLB e-resources  NewspaperSG is an online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers. You can search our digital archive of newspapers published in Singapore, or find information on over 200 newspaper titles in the National Library's microfilm collection. Unlimited archive access is via the multimedia media stations at the libraries. Full article access from home (watermarked) is from 1831 to 1989 only. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 71. Blog Search © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 72. Blogs © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 73. Other Jurisdictions © Copyright 2011 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
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  • 75. Corporate Crime Guide © Copyright 2011 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 76. Tips  Spend 10-15 mins identifying the issues and the scope of the research.  Establish a time frame  Identify the potential resources to search  Start with a secondary source  Use Terms & Connectors/Boolean  Take notes of sources and keywords  Seek help early. © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 77. 27 August 2014 Need help? Email libresearch@smu.edu.sg © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved
  • 78. 27 August 2014 Thank you © Copyright 2013 Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library. All Rights Reserved