It's helpful to have a a written record research log to keep track of sources consulted because, if your question changes slightly as you learn more about your legal topic, you will have a record of what has and hasn't been searched, what terms or techniques were used, and what the results were so you do not re-create the wheel and waste your. For example, findlaw's sister company, thomson reuters westlaw, provides online legal research tools you can use to look up cases and verify current law terms to know opinion : the formal written expression by a court or judge detailing the reasons and principles of law upon which the case is decided. Project on management information systems used in libraries introduction information systems are the software and hardware systems that support data-intensive applications. The law library makes available to the law school community a number of legal research databases additionally, all of the electronic resources available through the university libraries are available for law school use as well. The law library of congress chatbot provides legal research assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through facebook messenger upcoming training legal research and the use of law library collections.
E-journal finder the law library subscribes to thousands of online journals the e-journal finder is a research tool that permits researchers to locate online journals by title, issn, vendor, and category. A law library is a special library used by law students, lawyers, judges and their law clerks, historians and other scholars of legal history in order to research the lawlaw libraries are also used by people who draft or advocate for new laws, eg legislators and others who work in state government, local government, and legislative counsel offices or the us office of law revision counsel. The law library has older, print issues of the current law index (cli) and to the index to legal periodicals and books (ilp) pocket part : supplementary material inserted into the back of a volume of code, treatise or other legal research material.
Legal research can be time consuming and sometimes offers limited results, but an understanding of the basic types of law, legal resources, and subject terms will aid the process this guide can give only a brief overview of the fundamentals of legal research the best way to become familiar with. The library of congress law library research & reports current current legal topics the maximum term for urban land-use rights granted for residential. Lexisnexis & westlaw archive of research tips search for all terms : use and to search for southern illinois university school of law library lesar law.
Chapter 3 basic legal research techniques a library user seeking legal information is both commonplace words as well as legal terms are used often a. Truncation, also called stemming, is a technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings to use truncation, enter the root of a word and put the truncation symbol at the end the database will return results that include any ending of that root word examples. This spectacular library offers an extensive collection and support from some of the most knowledgeable research librarians in the nation the law library observes a very limited access policy please review before visiting. Black's law dictionary is the most commonly used law dictionary in the united states the 10th edition (2014) is available in westlaw and in print in the law library's reference section on the 3rd floor at kf156 b53. History of the harvard law school library (research guide) quotations in the langdell reading room (research guide) using the moody system for foreign legal research (research guide.
The major legal research databases can be prohibitively expensive for some researchers there are, however, a number of online alternatives that are either free or less expensive than lexis/nexis and westlaw. This page explains the search terms, operators and connnectors, field searching and, briefly, natural language searching for the main legal databases search terms first, break your research question into key concepts and note the terms that can be used to describe these. Understanding legal research the articles on the peoples law library are secondary sources which are written to help explain the law to the general public.
A technical term used in the federal court's electronic case management system to classify proceedings commenced with the court there are sixteen main causes of action and five supplementary causes of action. View the most frequently used research tools at the law library for the iu robert h mckinney school of law. The law library provides a variety of services to our patrons research databases legal research databases available both freely on the web, and in-house use only. Legal research for non-lawyers in addition to the sources listed on the goodson law library guide to legal research this book contains key terms and concepts.