“You Want Me To Research WHAT?!?” (Getting Background & Keeping Current) Jennifer L. Behrens Research Madness 2010. Today’s Agenda. Getting Background Basic Strategies Legal Encyclopedia Journals and News Sources Other Background Sources Keeping Current Alert Services in Lexis/Westlaw
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“You Want Me To Research WHAT?!?”(Getting Background & Keeping Current)Jennifer L. BehrensResearch Madness 2010
Topics include legal as well as non-legal (e.g., researching specific industries).
Can browse the alphabet or search by keywords.
Includes a bit of contextual background, links to free (and paid) resources, & suggested search terms.
Legal encyclopedias are a great way to quickly find background information on a topic, with references for further reading.
There is a difference between searching “keyword” and “entire document” in this database– “keyword” looks only in selected parts of the article (title, subjects, author, etc.).
To search for a word in the full text of the article, use the “entire document” field.
Results are sorted by type of publication – let’s look at each more closely.
Note: This search does not check full-text availability on Law School Lexis or Westlaw.
In practice, it might be easier and more cost-effective to look in the print index and use print volumes of ALR.
If you must search online, a good trick is to restrict at least some of your search terms to the title field/segment.
You can set up alerts from any individual case or search results screen.
Access all of your existing alerts and create new Shepard’s alerts at the Alerts tab.
Create and manage Westlaw alerts from the “Alert Center” screen.
Note: Not all of these alert options are available on educational passwords.
BNA includes:U.S. Law Week (recent/pending U.S. Supreme Court decisions); Criminal Law Reporter; Environment Reporter; Securities Regulation & Law Report; many other specialized titles.
CCH IntelliConnect titles include the Standard Federal Tax Reporter; Medicare and Medicaid Guide; Corporation Report Bulletin.
Another publisher, RIA (further down this listing), includes other tax-related services.
You can receive these issues by email or read at the sites.
Legal blogs (a.k.a. “blawgs”) exist for virtually every specialized legal topic, although they vary in quality and frequency of updates.
Check the Library’s “Legal Links” page for Legal Blogs to locate blawg directories and search engines.
Jennifer L. Behrens
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