The Citator Gap

Using Shepard's or KeyCite to make sure the cases you rely upon are good law is an essential part of the research process.  These citators,…


Researching Municipal Law

One area of law that we generally don't have much time to cover in our first year legal research classes is local legislation.  Municipal…


Research Help This Summer

While law students will be heading out to summer jobs and externships soon the library wants you to know that we'll be here over the summer…


Summer Research Success

Finals are nearly over.  Graduation is here.  Congratulations on completing another year of law school! In a few weeks law students will…


Becoming a Better Online Researcher

Online legal research is  a critical skill in today's law practice.  The nature of legal controversies requires legal researchers to go…


Searching HeinOnline

HeinOnline is one of the most popular databases we offer--and rightfully so.  Its vast collection of pdf legal materials creates an…


Goodwin Liu and WestlawNext

The Law School is privileged to have Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court as its Jurist-in-residence beginning tomorrow.  As…


Legal Research for Students

One of the things I love most about my job as a law librarian is trying to find ways to get students interested in legal research.  I'm not…


Finals Advice

Finals start today.  You can feel it.  We wish you all the best of luck.  I'm sure you've gotten lots of advice on taking finals, but here…


The Utah Law of Trusts & Estates

Some of the most useful legal research resources are legal treatises.  If you can find a good one on your topic you can save a lot of…


Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Students and faculty at BYU Law have a number of international connections.  Because of that, interest in foreign law is quite high.  One…


History of International Law

HeinOnline is one of our favorite resources here in the law library.  Most law students know it as the place to get pdf versions of law…


Writing Tips from the Supremes

Legal writing is an area where law students and lawyers can always improve.  After my first year of law school I had the opportunity to…


Legal Research in Foreign Countries

We know that many of our students will be doing externships overseas this summer.  Unfortunately, many of the resources you've learned…


Summer Research Help – 2011

Classes are done.  Finals are over.  But, in law school there's always work to do, even if it is of a different sort.  We wish luck to all…


The Search For Legislative Intent

Legislative history research is a skill all aspiring lawyers should gain.  Because this type of research doesn't come up as often as…


State Secrets

If you're interested in researching the state secrets privilege, you may be interested in a new State Secrets Archive from the Georgetown…


Topic Bank

Trying to come up with a topic can be one of the hardest parts of researching and writing a paper.  To help, the Litigation Section of the…


Best Buy Law Schools

BYU Law School was recently mentioned in a National Law Journal article on best buy law schools:  "The cheapest [school] was Brigham Young…


Free and Low-Cost Legal Research

In law school we focus a lot on Westlaw and LexisNexis, and with good reason. They are the leading legal research systems available.…


HeinOnline Search Enhancements

A number of times on this blog I have made two points about HeinOnline. First, it's an outstanding resource and law students must be…


Taxation & Economic Reform

The Law Library has recently subscribed to an additional library in HeinOnline, Taxation and Economic Reform in America, 1789-2009. This…


HeinOnline Proximity Searching

HeinOnline recently made its proximity searching much more user friendly. Now when users run a search in the Field Search screen they can…


More Exam Tips

We're in the midst of final exams and students are looking for all the help they can get. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog recently asked 7…