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Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research,
2016 - 2017


Prepared 2016 by the Thurgood Marshall Law Library Instructional Group. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint any part of this work, contact the administration of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library.

CHAPTER 1 (Full Chapter - PDF)

INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL AUTHORITIES AND LEGAL RESEARCH

  1. Introduction
  2. How Does Legal Research Differ From Research in Other Contexts?
  3. Types of Legal Authorities
  4. Relationship Between Statutory Law and Case Law
  5. The Universe of Choices for Legal Research
  6. The Legal Research Process
  7. Understanding Citations to Basic Primary Sources

CHAPTER 2 (Full Chapter - PDF)

ELECTRONIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

  1. Electronic Research Basics
  2. Boolean Searching
  3. Field and Segment Searching
  4. Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westlaw
  5. Composing Searches
  6. Lowcost Subscription Databases for Legal Research
  7. Internet Research

CHAPTER 3 (Full Chapter - PDF)

BACKGROUND RESEARCH USING SECONDARY SOURCES

  1. Secondary Sources: Background
  2. Using Legal Periodicals
  3. Using Legal Encyclopedias
  4. Using Treatises, Hornbooks, and Nutshells
  5. Using Restatements
  6. Using American Law Reports
  7. Using Litigation Sources
  8. Tips for Using Secondary Sources
  9. Practice Materials and Form Books
  10. Highlights of Bluebook Form for Secondary Sources

CHAPTER 4 (Full Chapter - PDF)

STATUTORY AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW RESEARCH

  1. Statutory and Constitutional Law: Background
  2. Terminology Used in Statutory and Constitutional Research
  3. Sources for Statutory and Constitutional Research
  4. Highlights of Bluebook Form for Statutes and Constitutions

CHAPTER 5 (Full Chapter - PDF)

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY RESEARCH

  1. Getting Started
  2. Researching Federal Legislative History
  3. Researching Maryland Legislative History

CHAPTER 6 (Full Chapter - PDF)

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW RESEARCH

  1. Introduction
  2. Background Research on Agencies
  3. Sources of Administrative Law
  4. Strategies for Researching Administrative Materials
  5. Using Looseleaf Services: Basic Pointers
  6. Topical Databases and Online Looseleafs

CHAPTER 7 (Full Chapter - PDF)

CASE LAW RESEARCH

  1. Case Law: Background
  2. Court Hierarchies and the Appellate Process
  3. Print Sources for Case Law Research
  4. Electronic Sources for Case Law Research
  5. Citators: Function and Formats
  6. Print Citators
  7. Electronic Citators
  8. Citation Format for Cases
  9. Highlights of Bluebook Form for Cases

CHAPTER 8 (Full Chapter - PDF)

RESEARCHING A STATE LAW PROBLEM

  1. The Legal Research Process: State Law Sources
  2. Identifying State Court Structure and Reporters
  3. Using Secondary Sources for State Law Problems
  4. Using State Annotated Codes in Print
  5. State and Regional Case Law Resources
  6. Using West Digests to Locate State Court Cases
  7. Using American Law Reports to Locate State Court Cases
  8. Tips for Selecting State Law Databases
  9. Strategies for Researching a State Law Problem
  10. Highlights of Bluebook Form for State Law Sources

CHAPTER 9 (Full Chapter - PDF)

RESEARCHING A MARYLAND LAW PROBLEM

  1. Maryland Government
  2. Maryland Constitution
  3. Maryland Legislation
  4. Maryland Courts
  5. Maryland Administrative Materials
  6. Maryland Local Law
  7. Baltimore City Materials
  8. Maryland Practice Materials

CHAPTER 9 (Full Chapter - PDF)

RESEARCHING A MARYLAND LAW PROBLEM - APPENDIX

  1. Appendix: Retrospective Maryland Statute Searching

CHAPTER 10 (Full Chapter - PDF)

RESEARCHING A FEDERAL LAW PROBLEM

  1. Federal Government
  2. U.S. Constitution
  3. Federal Legislation
  4. Federal Courts
  5. Federal Regulations and Other Administrative Materials
  6. Federal Court Rules
  7. Strategies for Researching a Federal Law Problem
  8. Highlights of Bluebook Form for Federal Authorities
  9. Federal Practice Materials
  10. Checklist: Researching a Federal Law Problem

CHAPTER 11 (Full Chapter - PDF)

FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW RESEARCH

  1. Terminology Used in Researching International Law
  2. Selected Sources for Researching United States Treaties
  3. Selected Sources for Researching World Treaties
  4. Strategies for Researching International Law
  5. Basic Foreign Law Research
  6. Selected Sources for Researching European Community Law

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