Whether you attribute this quote to Edna Mode or Louis Pasteur, the fact remains that you need to be prepared for your first (or your second…) job. Let the library help you with our Certificate in Legal Skills for Practice program. We hone your legal research skills so that you are … prepared.
If you are interested in tax law, Tax Analysts publishes several resources which may be helpful for your research. Under the Key Documents tab, Tax Notes includes updates and analysis of federal and state tax laws, IRS ruling and regulations, court opinions, Treasury reports, and more. Under the Publications tab, Tax Notes Today focuses on the latest news and documents, while Tax Notes International covers international tax issues.
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Do you learn better when you see a concept schematically. Well then the Visual Law Library might interest you. Flowcharts, cartoons, infographics – any way that someone can represent the law visually – can be found at this site. Here is one I liked:
This year’s distinguished lecture is being presented by Roland G. Fryer Jr. who won the 2015 Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. He has written fascinating articles on the economics of many aspects of racial discrimination – in employment, in schooling, in housing. You could find most of these articles using EconLit, a database that catalogs and links to economics literature.
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Here are a few tips for starting your research on your open memo. If your writing instructor has given you a case or a statute you can start with those:
If they gave you a case use the headnotes to get other cases on the same topic in your jurisdiction. Use Shepards or Keycite to get other cases in your jurisdiction. You can filter by headnote to get cases only on the topic that interest you. Remember you are looking for the highest court in your jurisdiction that articulates the rule or test for your legal issue. It may not have the same facts.
If they gave you a statute, you can use an annotated code with case notes to find cases that have interpreted your statute on the issue you are researching.
If they have just given you the facts then:
Try to find a secondary source in your jurisdiction (like Massachusetts Practice or MCLE if you are in Massachusetts) that will give you a case or statute. Or look for an ALR article on the topic to find a primary source from your jurisdiction. Can’t find a good secondary source? Come to the reference desk.
Do a case law search. Remember to narrow to the jurisdiction you need. If your writing instructor has said only Missouri state cases, then narrow to Missouri state cases – otherwise you will make if more confusing for yourself. Having trouble with your keywords? Come to the reference desk and we will tell you about terms and connectors which make case law research more precise.
Stuck – then come to the reference desk.
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