Finding the Law

Finding the Law

Book - 2005
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West Academic
This book provides a comprehensive treatment of print and digital sources of legal information, concentrating on the basics of legal research covered by most law school courses. The book serves as both a text and a reference guide for legal researchers. It covers the context of legal research and includes information on state legal research guides; bibliographies; court reports; case verification and updating; case finding; and sources of federal regulatory agency rules, regulations, and adjudications. It offers guidance on how to read a case and deal with legal authority and provides up-to-date information via a corresponding Web site.

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This text for first year law students teaches the skills needed for conducting legal research. Although it is assumed that the reader will primarily use WESTLAW, LEXIS, and other Internet-based tools, the authors do not neglect the world of books, indexes, and other traditional resources. Sample topics include understanding the components of a court decision, finding cases, and compiling a federal legislative history. The volume concludes with a full-length exercise in legal research using the case of Flambeau v. Honeywell. Berring and Edinger are librarians at the School of Law at the U. of California, Berkeley. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Thomson/West, c2005
Edition: 12th ed
ISBN: 0314145796 (alk. paper)
9780314145796 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 340.072073 BER
Characteristics: xv, 443 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Edinger, Elizabeth A.


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