Learning Legal Research

Learning Legal Research : A How-to Manual

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For undergraduate courses in Legal Research, Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, and Political Science.

Using a hands-on approach, this text provides students with an easy and comfortable way to learn about the processes, materials, and environment of legal research. It contains an introductory overview of a law library collection, allows students to conduct research without visiting an actual library, and explains-with simple language and exercises-the many methods of legal research.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 200.7 x 254 x 12.7mm | 22.68g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130450340
  • 9780130450340

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The best method for grasping legal research and legal analysis is to "just do it." Learning Legal Research gives students everything they need to analyze and research situations at any point during the legislative process.

The book includes the cases--a feature that is critical for students lacking immediate access to law libraries. It can either stand alone or be used in conjunction with a Legal Research and Writing textbook.
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Table of contents


1. Introduction to Legal Research.
2. Analysis and Research Methods: The Most Important Tasks.
3. Citation Method.

4. The Index: Legal Research's Most Powerful Tool.
5. Digests-A Remarkable Finding Tool.
6. Computer Assisted Legal Research CALR.

7. Law Books, Texts, Services and Periodical.
8. Legal Encyclopedias and Dictionaries.
9. ALR Series: The American Law Reports.

10. Case Law Analysis.
11. Statutes and Legislative Resources.
12. Government Regulations/Administrative Law.

13. Updating the Law.
14. Government Materials, Publications, and Compilations.
15. Writing Applications in the Law and Justice Field.
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" . . . very engaging and encouraging for students who will he novices in the field of legal research . . . the first part of the text that covers definitions of lacy, introduction to research, citation methods and analysis is very good ... the sheer volume of assignments is wonderful." - Sait Reese Tarhan, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

" . . . very good examples . . ." - William Covington, Edmunds Community College

"This text does cover all the topics that are normally covered in a legal research and writing course at the undergraduate level." - Adam Epstein, Central Michigan University
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About Hope I. Haywood

Charles P. Nemeth JD., Ph.D., LL.M., is the Director of Graduate Criminal Justice/Legal Studies, Director of the Institute of Law and Public Policy, and Director of Program Development at RET at the California University of Pennsylvania. Hope I. Haywood, MBA, is also at the Institute of Law and Public Policy.
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