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Externships & Summer Jobs: Guide to Legal Research: Research Strategies

This guide is intended to direct externs to relevant sources for completing research assignments.

Legal Research Strategy: Getting Started.  What do you know about the subject?  What resources do you have available?  What kind of cost or time considerations do you have?  #1 Define the research issues; #2 Determine jurisdiction; #3 Generate search terms; #4 Secondary sources; #5 Primary sources; #6 Analyze & organize; #7 Update; #8 Stop - repeat results.  Tips: Consider whether there is a research guide to help you identify relevant sources.  Use alternative search methods: natural language, Boolean terms and connectors, browsing tables of contents, using digests, etc.  Contact your Reference Librarians if you need help getting started or get stuck!  Email or call 206-398-4225.