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Legal Research Basics : Home

This page discusses the basics of legal research and where to find the most commonly sought information.

In the Library


This guide is intended to help law students develop a topic and perform legal research. The information should mirror what you are learning in your Legal Research class. However, it is not a substitute for attending class and paying attention.

This guide not intended for use by individuals involved in litigation.

Helpful Research Links

Below are links to other LibGuides which may be particularly helpful:


WestLaw & LexisNexis Search Tips - a very helpful guide from Drake University outlining numerous tips for WestLaw and LexisNexis searches to help find needed information quickly and efficiently.


Cornell Legal Research Guide - guide with links to other useful sources.


Arizona Legal Research Guide - guide that covers a multitude of different subjects. 


Drake Legal Research Guide - selected materials for legal research.


Arizona State University - guide that contains information for legal research, legal writing, citations, dictionaries, and grammar and usage tips.


Indiana University of Pennsylvania - brief, holistic guide containing great legal research sources and tips.

CALI Lessons

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) has several good interactive lessons pertaining to Legal Research