Examples & Explanations: Legal Research (Wolters Kluwer 2016)

Examples & Explanations: Legal Research is designed to meet the needs of law students who have come to expect that they will find whatever they are looking for by spontaneously posing questions and receiving instant answers. Rather than cataloguing sources or outlining processes, this text starts where today’s law students are when they realize they have a research problem. By that time, following the process they’ve used for everything else in their lives, students have already spontaneously asked a question and found answers. Their research problem is not locating sources, but knowing what to do with them.

The Legal Research E & E guides students through examples and explanations of the kinds of sources they’ve found, using the context of interesting and entertaining real-world problems. The text helps students determine which sources are the most useful for the current project and which not; it leads students to understand how one source affects and relates to the others; and—equally important—it shows students how to write about the sources they have found.

Because the Legal Research E & E covers the kinds of research projects faced not only by beginning law students but also by advanced students and even new lawyers, its value to its readers is long-lasting. Even experienced researchers will learn more about working with the difficult, and the easy, research questions that today are addressed by an array of sources.