Research Guides: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

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One of the most important lessons I try to instill in my research classes is to avoid wasting time doing work that has already been done.  If you can build on someone else’s foundational research, your own work will be more thorough and efficient.  In research, the best way to do this is with Research Guides.

Our website has a selection of guides that should get you started on your legal research project.  In the event that we don’t have a guide on your topic, I highly recommend looking at the research guides from Georgetown Law or Harvard Law (NOTE: their guides will likely refer to sources that we do not have direct access to.  Please consult a librarian if you have trouble finding a source).

Not finding what you are looking for?  Send us an email or make a suggestion about new research guides we should add!

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