Introduction to Legal Research

Submitted by Tierney Gleason on May 16th, 2023
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Short Description: 

These slides were developed for a high school class visiting our academic library. Their assignment was to learn how to do legal research to write a history paper on a Congressional bill or Supreme Court case.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Choosing and refining a research topic

  • Performing background research

  • Working with secondary and primary sources geared towards legal topics

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Potential Pitfalls and Teaching Tips: 
  • This session was designed for high school students who had limited access to an academic library. Emphasis on open access options was important.

Slides were designed for flipping back and forth with live searching rather than following the slides in linear order with no interruptions.

Suggested Citation: 
Gleason, Tierney. "Introduction to Legal Research." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2023.