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Basic Legal Research, Third Edition Paperback – December 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0735556539 ISBN-10: 0735556539 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers; 3 edition (December 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735556539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735556539
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its okay but I didn't find it terribly helpful.
Amanda
I've used this book for the past few months and have been pleasantly surprised by how well it is organized, and how easy it is to understand.
Donna Martin
This book is an absolute must for law students or anyone engaging in the process of legal research and writing.
Daniel Hassinger

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Calculus Logi on November 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a paralegal student and we used this textbook for our legal research class. This book provided virtually *no* actual information as to *how* to conduct legal research. It provided knowledge of the theory of research, and had an acceptable explanation of primary/secondary and mandatory/persuasive authority, but that's about it.

The only reason why I came out of that class with any understanding of legal research was going to the local law library and having the librarians help me through it (and they were incredibly patient, helpful, and understanding).

If you are in a class that uses this textbook, God help you. You will benefit far more by speaking to other students who might know about research, or just going into a law library and asking for help there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnnoyedLawStudent on September 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I can say with all fairness that even if I had no fundamentals of research, this book offers no real insights. It tells you such great ideas as, "electronic research is most likely to be effective under the following circumstances: 1) When the material you need is not available in print...You will want to use print resources when: searching for material not available online." Or, "You can also use the 'previous section' and 'next section' links in the heading to browse preceding or subsequent sections." Oh really? No. No way.

It also goes into great insights about choosing keywords that any law student under 75 years of age would know how to do from Googling.

Waste of money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hassinger on February 10, 2008
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This book is an absolute must for law students or anyone engaging in the process of legal research and writing. I am first year law student and this book is my go-to for any question I have about the research process. This book was recommended for my course, but not required. So many law students only buy the required books. Some feel the supplemental material is just a waste of money. Don't make that mistake with this book, you can use it throughout your career.
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This is the required text for my LR class and I read as required but I do not find this book to be very interesting. I have actually found other resources to be better study guides for LR but none the less, this book is required and therefore I have read every page. It'd be nice if a prof would find a more interesting book for this class but I guess you can only make legal research so interesting.
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By Amanda on February 28, 2013
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Its okay but I didn't find it terribly helpful. It is very basic. I assume its out of date now.
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