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The Fifth Edition of Legal Research Explainedoffers accessible, complete, and timely coverage specifically created for Legal Research courses. Deborah E. Bouchoux’s popular building-block approach ensures that all students can master these essential skills.
The text is divided into five sections: 1) conducting legal research using primary authorities; 2) conducting legal research using secondary authorities and other research aids; 3) electronic and computer resources; 4) legal citation form and validating authorities; and 5) “putting it all together,” providing a final overview of the legal research process.
Research assignments in each chapter, completely updated for this edition, give students practice with both conventional print resources and online sources. Charts, diagrams, and sample pages from research resources help students understand complex topics. In addition, Practice Tips in each chapter offer realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success, and Ethics Alerts are included throughout the book.
New to the Fifth Edition:
New “Sidebar” feature provides quick tips showing how the material in that chapter applies to computer-assisted legal research systems, such as Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law.
Discussion of GovInfo, which provides free public access to official and authenticated publications from all three branches of the federal government.
Coverage of new tools used for cite-checking, including EVA and Bestlaw.
Discussion of Westlaw Edge, Westlaw’s new research platform.
Extensive new coverage of artificial intelligence features that boost legal research.
References to helpful YouTube videos for tips on Shepardizing, KeyCiting, and researching.
New section on sources that provide free public access to the law, including Harvard’s Caselaw Access Project, CourtListener, and RECAP Project.
New section on preparing informal or email memoranda, with a new assignment.
All new Research Questions and Internet Legal Research Assignments included.
Professors and students will benefit from:
Pedagogy designed to enhance the accessibility of the material, including helpful charts and diagrams, annotated sample pages and screen shots that illustrate legal research authorities, updated Practice Tips offering realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success, and Ethics Alerts in every chapter.
Well-designed assignments help students learn how to use a wide range of research sources.
Chapters that demonstrate citation form for the resources discussed.
Conscientious revision that ensures that the book has the most up-to-date material, presented in a readable and accessible format.
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