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Paper Topics

Welcome back!  It’s a new year and a fresh start.  I had a question at the reference desk yesterday about where to look for topics for research papers.  This is a great question that many of you may have to deal with this semester, so let’s discuss. Picking a paper topic is often one of [...]

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Winter Semester Classes

As you arrange your schedule for Winter semester, keep in mind that there are some great classes to help you expand your research skills and to learn more about law librarianship.  These classes are all taught by our full-time law librarians. Advanced Legal Research, Law 796R Sec. 2, 1 credit, Professor Hill, Thursdays at 9:30am [...]

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The Importance of Legal Research

Finals are over.  The Write-on is done.  Now it’s time for summer jobs and externships to begin.  Summertime is often where students realize how important legal research is to the practice of law.  In that vein, I’ve recently written a short piece for the ABA’s Student Lawyer magazine called The Importance of Legal Research.  I [...]

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Subject Guides

The Law Library provides a lot of information, both print and electronic.  At times the amount of information can be overwhelming and it may be difficult to know where to start.  One of the best places to start is with our subject guides.  Librarians here at BYU have pulled together some of the best information [...]

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Executive Privilege and CRS Reports

Executive privilege has been in the news lately as President Obama has asserted it for the first time in his presidency.  The Wall Street Journal recently published a list of executive privilege assertions over the past 50 years.  As a law librarian I was particularly interested in this because the list was based on research found [...]

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Where to Start Researching?

One of the common questions you’ll face when receiving a new legal research assignment is “Where should I start?”  There’s a number of places that work as a good starting place, but one of the best is a legal treatise.  Researchers today are often tempted to start searching in a case law database to find [...]

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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 ordinances govern much of what we do on an everyday basis–from parking to pets to zoning–and is important to keep in mind when you’re doing legal research.  Some of these municipal [...]

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Zotero for Research Management

Many students are getting into the thick of writing research papers about this time of year.  If you’re looking for a way to organize your research, you may want to consider Zotero.  Zotero is a free tool that allows you to collect and organize the sources you’ll need to cite in your paper.  You can [...]

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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 going to lie–it’s not always easy!  But, legal research is important to an aspiring lawyer’s career and I want students to be prepared.  One of the things [...]

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Need a Paper Topic?

Finding a good topic to write about can often be a frustrating part of the writing process.  To help, the Litigation Section of the Utah Bar has developed a topic bank where members of the bar supply possible paper topics that can be claimed by students.  The topic bank’s FAQs explain the reason for the [...]

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