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1 Foundations for Legal Study Legal Research: Tools for Practice Gallagher Law Library September 16, 2014

2 Goals Acquaint you with Law Library resources Learn how to read a legal citation Learn how to retrieve documents from legal research databases Find Library books to help you prepare for class

3 University of Washington Gallagher Law Library Website Start Here!

4 Our Online Resources Access is often restricted to UW students “UW Restricted” – Some require your UW NetID & Password – Some require individual passwords Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis & Westlaw

5 Let’s Tour … LexisNexis Westlaw Bloomberg Law

6 Legal Citations

7 Common Pattern Name or Title of Something Volume # Abbreviation of Source Page # (date)

8 Case Citation Format Ganno v. Lanoga Corp., 119 Wash. App. 310, 316, 80 P.3d 180, 182 (2004).

9 General Case Citation Format Ganno v. Lanoga Corp., 119 Wash. App. 310, 316, 80 P.3d 180, 182 (2004). Party 1 v. Party 2: Ganno v. Lanoga Corporation Volume Number: 119 Reporter Name: Wash. App. Page Number & Pinpoint Page Number: 310, 316 Parallel Cite: 80 P.3d 180 Year of Decision: (2004)

10 Use the citation to find a print volume …. Dubs likes the Gallagher Law Library too!

11 … or retrieve the document online

12 Find a Case Online Let’s find …. Ganno v. Lanoga Corp., 119 Wash. App. 310, 80 P.3d 180 (2004). Enter:119 Wash. App. 310 or 80 P.3d 180 Start here:

13 Law Review Article Citation Format Scott Hershovitz, Harry Potter and the Trouble with Tort Theory, 63 S TAN. L. R EV. 67 (2010).

14 Find an Article Online Let’s find … Scott Hershovitz, Harry Potter and the Trouble with Tort Theory, 63 S TAN. L. R EV. 67 (2010). Start here:

15 Some articles are NOT on Bloomberg LAW, Lexis, or Westlaw Use the Law Library Catalog and search by journal or publication titleLaw Library Catalog Use HeinOnline (excellent source of law review articles) Use HeinOnline

16 Preparing for Class: Study Tools Legal Dictionaries Hornbooks Nutshells Commercial Outlines Legal Encyclopedias

17 Black’s Law Dictionary What’s a certified question?

18 Black’s Law Dictionary Can we find the definition of “certified question” using Westlaw Next?

19 Hornbooks

20 Nutshells Briefly, how do torts relate to environmental law?

21 Commercial Outlines What are the elements of private nuisance?

22 Legal Encyclopedias Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) American Jurisprudence (AmJur) Washington Practice

23 Finding Books & Materials in the Law Library Law Library Catalog: A Browser’s Guide to the Reference Area

24 Let’s find … The Law of Torts written by Joseph W. Glannon (2010). What is the location of this study aid? How can we find more books on this topic?

25 Let’s find … Use the Law Library Catalog to find contracts study aids Hint: Do a keyword search for contracts study aids – don’t forget the “s” in aids!) Sorted by:Relevance Where can you access Advice to a 1L from a law professor podcast?

26 CALI Over 950 law school lessons and podcasts covering 35 topics – Web site: – Free e-books from CALI eLangdell; – Many 1L course topics! Register at with UW School of Law Authorization Codewww.cali.org

27 Training! – Bloomberg Law, Lexis & Westlaw Check training calendars Watch for

28 Need help? Ask a Reference Librarian! Visit the Reference Office Call # by clicking on Schedule an individual appointment

29 Time for a (virtual) tour !


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