Students need to self-enroll on Blackboard beginning on January 21 and no later than January 23.
This course will show the student how to find legal materials on the federal and state level. Print and online resources - on the "free" Web and pay-for-view databases such as Lexis - will be taught and used. Consequently, you can anticipate both visiting and using a brick and mortar law library (or a library with an extensive legal collection) and learning about and using computer-assisted legal research. You will learn how to find enacted law, case law, administrative law, and "secondary authority" such as treatises and legal encyclopedias.
This course is intended for students with no or little prior legal background, although it may serve as a refresher for paralegals or others with some former legal training.
Being able to retrieve legal information can be an empowering and demystifying experience for the information specialist and for the general public. The overarching objective of this course is to provide the student with this ability to demystify "the law" and to empower those who retrieve, use, and understand the law. The student at the end of the course should be confident in retrieving legal information either for questions the student might have or for questions that might be presented to an information specialist. Consequently, upon completing the course the student should
Supplemental Reading (do NOT buy these unless you become obsessed):
Marc Lampson, M.L.I.S. (specialization
in law librarianship), J.D.
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