Legal Research Explained, Second Edition
Legal Research Explained, Second Edition
Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Legal Research Explained, Second Edition

  • Publish Date: 2010-05-07
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Deborah E. Bouchoux

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Developed from the author's highly respected Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, Legal Research Explained, Second Edition, offers accessible, complete, up-to-date coverage designed specifically for Legal Research courses. Deborah E. Bouchoux's popular building-block approach ensures that all students can master the essential skills of legal research.

Legal Research Explained, Second Edition, Features:

-A methodical approach that mirrors the process of legal research in practice

-A transparent five-part organization

1. Conducting legal research using primary authorities

2. Conducting legal research using secondary authorities and other research aids

3. Computer-assisted legal research and the Internet

4. Legal citation form and validating authorities

5. Putting it all together: an overview of the legal research process

-Rich and dynamic pedagogy in each chapter that includes

Examples that illustrate citation form, showing both ALWD and Bluebook formats

Research and review questions

Internet research exercises that promote quick online research proficiency

Practice Tipstimely and practical suggestions for workplace success

Ethics Alerts

Help Notes that provide at least one key reference source for the material covered

Sample pages that illustrate various features of legal research authorities

New standard research assignments in which students use conventional print volumes from the law library

New Internet assignments in which students access websites commonly used in practice

-Current topical coverage that includes

How to use and cite unpublished opinions

Discussion of the dangers of metadata embedded in forms

How to use the new Easy Search feature of Lexis/Nexis

Legal databases available for apps on iPhones and similar devices

Discussion of the newly launched Google Scholar, a free research tool for finding case law.

Up-to-date information on the online Bluebook

Comparing and contrasting cases using Shepard's on LexisNexis and KeyCite on Westlaw


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