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Legal Research and Writing

Using Finding Tools for Legal Research

Using Finding Tools for Legal Research

Learn how legal research’s print legacy has evolved to provide a set of basic universal finding tools.


When most people think about legal research, they think about conducting a search using online databases, such as Westlaw, Lexis Advance, or Bloomberg Law. Certainly the modern interfaces and sophisticated algorithms of these systems are very appealing. Simply enter a few words into a search box and . . . viola! As easy as it is to become accustomed to the ease of modern database searching, it is equally, or potentially more, important to remember traditional searching techniques and finding...