Retrieval and Application of Legal Material. Lexis.com : Advanced Legal Research. Mar . 200 5 , Taiwan By Jensen Wang. For educational purposes only
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Advanced Legal Research
Mar. 2005, Taiwan
By Jensen Wang
For educational purposes only
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1. Objective of Legal Research2. Definition of Scope of Research 3. Skills on Search and other Functionalities 4. Exact Search
5. Conceptual Search
6. Questions & Answers
Authorities includes primary and secondary legal sources:
Primary sources – legislation, cases, treaties, rules and releases
Secondary sources – journals, commentaries, text-books and news.
Lexsee – Citation Search
Step Two: How to define the scope of research?
Width – Jurisdictions
e.g. Comparative study on legal principles between New York and California
Depth – coverage (time and contents)
e.g. Search all federal case law and state regulations for 10 years
Segment Search by defining the nature of information:
Title (Illusion and Reality in the Compensation of Victims of International Terrorism)
Name (Alejandre v. Republic of Cuba)
Author (Myres S. McDougal)
Cite (112 Yale L.J. 1625)
Court (Supreme Court of the United States)
*The above can be improved by Terms & Connectors
Free-style Search by relevance
Like searching in Yahoo!
Terms & Connectors:
Exhaustive Search – giving definite results
Problem of English keyword search:
1. Difference Forms e.g. negligent, negligence, negligently
Using “!” - negligen!
2. Plurals & Singulars e.g. damages or damage
Using “Plural” – Plural(damage)
Using “Singular” – Singular(damage)
3.Short Forms e.g. ERA
Using “Allcaps” – Allcaps(ERA)
Land Trust and Ohio
Takeover or Take Over
Circumstances /s mitigat!
e.g. mitigation, mitigating, mitigated, mitigate
Rule 11 /psanction
“Equal Right Amendment” not the English word era
Fair /5plural (toys)
Must be “Damage” not “Damages”
Improvement on Segment Search:
Title (Compens!w/s Victims and (Terrorism or Terrorist attack))
Name (Alejandre and Republic of Cuba)
Author (Myres w/3 McDougal)
Cite ((112 or 113) w/2 Yale w/2 1**5)
Court (Supreme Court or Court of Appeal)
Judge (Marshall or White or Wilkins!)
Whether the principle of res judicata is modified in criminal cases in U.S. especially in the first degree murders?
(Principle or rule or common law) w/s Res judicata and Modif! w/p Core-terms (Criminal or Crime) and Murder w/s (First Degree or 1st Degree)
Step 4 – Verification
There are several methods to verify the results before making conclusion: