Sources and Strategies of Legal Research, intended for use in first-year legal writing and research courses, offers a new approach to the course subject matter based on the concept that legal analysis is essential to legal research. This concise book is unique in two ways: it places legal analysis as the focal point of legal research; and it departs from the typical source-specific or bibliographical approach, instead taking a process-oriented approach, focusing on search strategies for efficiently and effectively finding information.
The book is organized around six fundamental questions:
- What is legal analysis in a research context?
- What source has the relevant information needed to resolve the client's problem?
- Why should a researcher select this specific source?
- How should the information be used to advance the research process?
- What is the optimal research strategy to locate the information efficiently and effectively?
- What is a research strategy or plan?
- By incorporating the author's scholarship in the pedagogy of legal research,
Sources and Strategies of Legal Research presents a contemporary approach to legal research within the larger context of the legal profession.