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Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It, Fourth Edition

Authors
  • Amy E. Sloan
Series / Aspen Coursebook Series
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Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It, Fourth Edition guides students through a decidedly contemporary approach to legal research. Widely respected author Amy E. Sloan presents legal research as a process of efficiently filtering a vast quantity of available information. Simply put, students learn how to locate and identify the most pertinent and authoritative information available with the greatest possible expedience. Sloan's clear, concise explanations of essential research sources are presented in a context that speaks to the way lawyers do research today, with a flexible approach that works in a rapidly changing research environment. Part I explains how to define a research question; pre-filter content before beginning a search; conduct research using a variety of search techniques and establish post-search criteria for filtering results. Part II describes essential features of individual sources of authority and search strategies unique to each source. Part III contains research flowcharts to help students plan research strategies for different types of research projects.

New to the 4th Edition:

  • Coverage of the latest functionality of Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law
  • Targeted research examples to illustrate common search techniques
  • Thorough explanation of techniques for drafting effective word searches

Benefits for instructors and students:

  • Complete coverage of fundamental principles
  • Teaches students how to:
    • Define a research question
    • Pre-filter content before beginning a search
    • Search for information using a variety of techniques
    • Create and use post-search filtering criteria to target the most relevant information
    • Learn the essential features of important legal authorities, as well as the research strategies unique to each one
    • Use flowcharts to plan a research strategy
  • Concise and practical, to appeal to today’s students
  • Approaches legal research as a filtering process to identify the most pertinent and authoritative information from vast search results
  • Can also be used to complement other texts and classroom materials
  • Diverse coverage of online sources, not solely emphasizing Lexis and Westlaw
  • Not simply a shorter version of Basic Legal Research; looks at research as a process of filtering the available information, rather than as a process that requires first choosing the right source of authority to solve a legal problem
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Product Information
Edition
Fourth Edition
Publication date
2023-02-09
Copyright Year
2023
Pages
184
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Subject
Legal Writing
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