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Sources and tips for Law Review write-on competition 2014

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by Janelle Beitz on 26 September 2014

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Transcript of Sources and tips for Law Review write-on competition 2014

Agenda
Opening thoughts
Places to go
Misc. tips and tricks
Bluebook hints
Parting thoughts
Questions?
Subscription
Databases

Likely to be the most helpful for this project:
Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
J-STOR
ProQuest News

HeinOnline
Index to Legal Periodicals
LegalTrac

MN Legal Periodicals Index
MN CLE

Chicago Manual of Style
Remember to look for help screens!
Sources and Tips for
Law Review Write-on Competition 2014


Janelle Beitz, J.D., M.L.I.S.
Research & Instructional Librarian
William Mitchell College of Law
May 2014
Catalog!
Tips & Tricks
beyond WL/LN!
Use Google EFFECTIVELY
Always be aware of authority!
Legislative History
Bluebook tips
Keep in mind - Parting Thoughts
Have a plan.
Think about:
Primary vs. secondary authority
(the law vs. commentary)
What sorts of tools should I use?
Concepts
Words to use to search for concepts
Synonyms for those words
Connecting your concepts
Back-up-plan(s) in case original does not work well
Keep a trail
Keep track of where you’ve been,
How you got there, and
Where that leads you next

Specific search strings

Research is a process. It’s not linear—often you find something that causes you to go back to flesh something out or to fill in blanks.
Multi-disciplinary
resources
Legal Journals
Local, practice-oriented
materials
First ....
Next ...
Discipline/Structure
Rabbit hole traps
Know your Bluebook
Read prior case notes
Know EVERYTHING court cited in your case

STICK WITH IT

Research is a process. It’s not linear—often you find something that causes you to go back to flesh something out or to fill in blanks.
Misc. sources
http://web.wmitchell.edu/library/subscription-databases-a-z/
And, once it's over, remember
And tutorials!
http://library.wmitchell.edu/search/X
http://library.wmitchell.edu/help
http://web.wmitchell.edu/library/subscription-databases-a-z/
http://library.wmitchell.edu/
Everything goes better with a plan.

Take some time before throwing words into a search box.

know the facts
spot the issues (they may evolves as your research progresses)
create outline/table/checklist
Research Plan Example
Example of a Research Trail
http://www.leg.state.mn.us/
http://goo.gl/fh5Tu
PLACES TO GO
http://goo.gl/MfwXzR
http://www.ssrn.com
http://goo.gl/cz8VKQ
http://goo.gl/2sn6Lb
http://goo.gl/yyXWPG
http://goo.gl/7Xozp3
http://goo.gl/gzQeQ7
http://goo.gl/aJ2tJ
http://goo.gl/B543
http://goo.gl/52r1Me
http://goo.gl/412jgE
http://goo.gl/cnVWjo
http://goo.gl/n4YORy
http://goo.gl/907EdD
http://goo.gl/afUwU2
http://goo.gl/AOjKS8
http://goo.gl/gggr7K
OPENING THOUGHTS
FOLLOW THROUGH
ON YOUR PLAN
http://library.wmitchell.edu/
Citation
Why?
Purpose of Citation
1. Show authority
2. Avoid plagiarism
3. Let reader look at same source you looked at to come to your conclusion

Okay, Why the Bluebook?
Tradition?
Standard of our profession
Shows attention to detail
Law Review requires

http://www.googleguide.com/
http://goo.gl/ogZZx8
http://www.wmitchell.edu/lawReview/staffResources/documents/Vol.40StaffManual11-2-13.pdf
Of course, don't forget:
dog
animal
bit!
injure
hurt
child!
infant
minor
negligence
warn
dog & bite & child & negligence
(dog OR animal) /p (bit! OR injur! OR hurt) /s (child OR infant OR minor) & (negligence OR warn)
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