Category Archives: Legal Research

Back door tip for defining legal terms

If you aren’t having any luck finding the definition of a legal term, one out-of-the box option is to search the relevant caselaw database on Westlaw using the Words and Phrases field (“wp”).  For example, searching “wp(contributory-negligence)” in the database of California cases would … Continue reading

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The status of citators

This evening I updated the Shepardizing entry, which used to be just about Shepard’s but now covers citators generally.  Among other things, I added a reference to BCite on Bloomberg Law, and a link to a recent NJLLA blog post comparing Shepard’s (very good), KeyCite (very good) and BCite (not so good).   I also … Continue reading

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New legal research guide with a global perspective

Legal Research Methods in a Modern World: A Coursebook (DJØF Publishing, 2011) puts a global spin on the traditional legal research guide, making it a rare and welcome addition to the Legal Research Guides entry, as well as the entries for Russia, … Continue reading

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More help with Bluebooking

I added Linda J. Barris’ Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook: A Guide For Students and Practitioners 2d to the Citations entry.  I believe that is the only guide  available so far that is based on the current (19th) edition of The … Continue reading

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