THE LEGAL RESEARCH PROCESS: FEDERAL LAW SOURCES
Analyze the facts and formulate a preliminary statement of issues.
Develop a system for organizing research notes and putting cites in Bluebook form.
Familiarize yourself with the court structure of the jurisdiction.
Do background research to get an overview of the subject area, identify issues and terms, and get clues to primary sources.
Search for legal authority (relevant statutes and cases) using appropriate methods of updating.
Read and evaluate primary authorities.
Make sure cases are still good law.
Refine analysis and formulate conclusion.