Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach

Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach

Stephanie Delaney

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1418080888

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach, second edition, is dedicated to fully explaining the rationale of legal research, guiding readers through the individual steps necessary to develop their own research strategies. Through exploration into the topic of legal database searching with substance and depth, Electronic Legal Research facilitates long-term learning. Since new products are introduced every day and the market leaders constantly change, this text takes the approach of one set of skills, Boolean searching. This approach will enable the beginning researcher to do research in nearly any electronic database, specifically training students to research paid legal databases and the Internet. Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach, second edition, is based on the concept of critical thinking allowing for intelligent decisions about how to find information through effective resource selection and query construction. Rather than a traditional how-to book, Electronic Legal Research: An Integrated Approach truly facilitates learning by presenting up to date information and challenging exercises that focus on critical thinking skills and practical skill implementation. This practical approach is a useful research guide for both students and working professionals, in both paralegal and attorney roles.

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sure you really understand the question. Use a legal dictionary or encyclopedia for clarification. Result of double checking: Troubleshooting Question: Am I misusing the phrase operator? Comments: If using a phrase operator, make sure it is not too specific. Rework using proximity search operators. Result of double checking: 34 CHAPTER 2 Troubleshooting Question: Did I spell my words correctly? Comments: Make sure the spelling, spacing, and punctuation in your search term are correct. Result

perform a wildcard search in Lexis by using the asterisk (*). For example, a search for wom*n retrieves the words women, woman, and womyn. Placed at the end of a word, an exclamation point brings back all variations of that word. For more information on Boolean search operators in terms and connectors searching, see the Lexis support materials and Help sections. Exercise 3-1 Form a query from the following issue statements by using the terms and connectors of your favorite paid legal database.

useful documents. Once you identify keywords, you are ready to put them together in a way that brings back the information you need. Formulating the query is the focus of the following Guided Exercises. Guided Exercises This Guided Exercise is designed to help you systematically explore how your favorite paid legal database works and how to find information there. Be patient and take notes. If you have a printed instruction manual for the paid legal database, write your notes right in the manual

bookmarking as well. Because your bookmarks are accessed through the Internet, you could access them wherever you get online. Try visiting Del.icio.us and doing a search for “legal research“ to see what websites are the most popular. To find other sites like Del.icio.us, try doing a web search for “social bookmarking.” Google Toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com): Google’s handy toolbar will give you access to your favorites wherever a Google toolbar is installed. You can do the same thing with

own cases. Instead, it connects you to other Web sites. You’ll want to check those Web sites for the best way to cite. You may need to have the decision date, docket number, or party names. Exercise 7–1 Comments Find the names of the following cases and answer the related question. Use one or more search tools so that you can compare results. 1. Was the applicant denied due process? 57 F.Supp.2d. 1305 (1999) 2. Whose duty is it to engage in prosecutorial discretion? 127 N.M. 566, 985 P.2d 168

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