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Thinking about Legal Research Problems

By Paul D. Callister, JD, MSLIS

Library Director & Associate Professor of Law


Legal Research Texts for Law Students

  • Robert C. Berring & Elizabeth A. Edinger, Legal Research Survival Manual (2002).  Order from West Group (800) 313-West or Foundation Press (877) 888-1330 for $18.00.  This is a short "cliff note" style approach to legal research from some of the most widely-respected legal research instructors and librarians in the field.  It is specifically designed to help law students transition into practice and summer clerkship.
  • Christina L. Kunz, et al., The Process of Legal Research Order at Amazon.com. This is well-respected and widely used process-oriented approach.  It is quite thorough in its approach.  Many students use this in their legal research and writing course.
  • Amy E. Sloan, Basic Legal Research:  Tools and Strategies (2000).  Another excellent, yet more thorough approach.  Lots of excellent "screen shots" of both print and online tools, which make it easy for readers to understand how the tools are used.  Available at Amazon.com.
  • Christopher G. Wren & Jill Robinson Wren, The Legal Research Manual:  A Game Plan for Legal Research and Analysis (2nd ed. 1986). Order at Amazon.com. Although its focus is on print sources (it predates wide spread use of Lexis and Westlaw), this is an excellent and systematic approach to legal research.  It is written from the perspective of a practicing attorney (an assistant attorney general for the State of Wisconsin) and is adept at helping to fill in the gaps that students may have with respect to their understanding of legal research education.

Legal Research Guides(On the Web)

Online Legal Research(LEXIS and Westlaw)

Legal Research on the Web

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