Beginner's Guide to Legal Research
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Beginner's Guide to Legal Research

The following resources are provided to those who have never conducted legal research before or to those who need a reminder.


Legal Research Guide

How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers:
http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/products/How- To-Research-A-Legal-Problem/howtoresearchlegalproblem.pdf
Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians in Michigan
https://www.oakgov.com/lawlibrary/Documents/documents/PDFLocatingtheLawFeb_7_2017.pdf

Understanding Legal Citations

Common Legal Citations and How to Find Them:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/libraryofmichigan/LM_2016_Common_Legal_Citations_528474_7.pdf

Legal Research Titles Available for Use at the Adams-Pratt Law Library

Elias, Stephen, Legal Research: How to find and understand the Law (17th ed. 2015):
https://dalnet- primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay? docid=01DAL_OCL_ALMA216192690003251&context=L&vid=01DAL_OCL&search_scope=default_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=en_US
Barkan, Stephen M., Fundamentals of legal research (10th ed. 2015):
https://dalnet- primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay? docid=01DAL_OCL_ALMA216130200003251&context=L&vid=01DAL_OCL&search_scope=physical_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=en_US
Lysaght, Pamela and Lockwood, Cristina D., Michigan legal research (3rd ed. 2016):
https://dalnet- primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay? docid=01DAL_OCL_ALMA2111929970003251&context=L&vid=01DAL_OCL&search_scope=physical_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=en_US
Hetherington, Cynthia and Sankey, Michael, The manual to online public records (3rd ed. 2013):
https://dalnet- primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay? docid=01DAL_OCL_ALMA216228870003251&context=L&vid=01DAL_OCL&search_scope=physical_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=en_US