advice you can use — short and to the point — every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 technology  research  practice

A Research Tip

  • Research & Writing

I have to confess that I am a reader.  Go figure! Being a reader is trait that has been particularly helpful in my practice as a non-lawyer legal researcher, and given the high volume of use in my law libraries text collection (both print and online), I am not alone in this.

Often texts used in the legal research process are simply skimmed. The index points you to a place of interest, you skim a few pages, and valuable footnotes or embedded citations lead you out of the text to other resources.

Today’s Tip – pick up a textbook and read it. Use a legal text to discover details about an area of law that is loosely related to your practice.  Use a legal text to remind yourself about fundamentals.  Use a legal text like a book – discover the whole of it.  Reading a legal text this way means you can gloss over the footnotes and stay tuned to the authored work.

Try it out.  You may remember how much you enjoy the law.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *