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Basic Legal Research Workbook 5E

Front Cover - Basic Legal Research Workbook 5E

Fifth Edition


Amy E. Sloan
University of Baltimore School of Law

Steven D. Schwinn 
John Marshall Law School

John D. Edwards
Drake University Law School 

2016. 238 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8140-7. Teacher's Manual coming soon. 

Click here for the Revised Fourth Edition of this title.
Click here for Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, Sixth Edition.

About the Book

A comprehensive companion to Basic Legal Research, Basic Legal Research Workbook provides a well-chosen range of exercises and assignments to familiarize students with fundamental online and print research sources. Logically and intuitively organized, BLR Workbook’s coverage mirrors the research sources studied in first-year Legal Research courses, including both online and print sources. Research exercises are presented at graduated levels of difficulty, from guided research to open research requiring more advanced research skills. Online research exercises progressively instruct students on the latest interface features of commonly-used databases.  Print assignments cover multiple jurisdictions, reducing the demand on single library sources. Answer keys are included in the Teacher’s Manual.

Key Features:
• Coverage that mirrors the research sources studied in first-year Legal Research courses, including both online and print sources
• A logical and intuitive organization
• Research exercises presented at graduated levels of difficulty, from guided research to open research requiring more advanced research skills
• Emphasis on online sources while maintaining coverage of key print resources for professors who teach print research
• Online research exercises that progressively instruct students on the latest interface features of commonly-used databases
• Online research exercises with progressively more complex questions to instruct students on the latest interface features of commonly-used databases
• Print assignments that can work in multiple jurisdictions, reducing the demand on single library sources
• Teacher’s Manual with answer keys

New to the Fifth Edition:
• Flexible exercises that can be completed online or in print
• Updated problem sets
• Inclusion of Student Learning Outcomes that support formative and summative student assessment
• Updated exercises that reflect the latest versions of Westlaw and Lexis
• Questions that introduce students to Bloomberg Law and the latest government websites (e.g., govinfo.gov)

Preface / Sample Chapters