Friday, June 02, 2006
Here is a great list from law.com for all you summer and new associates. The articles goes into more detail but here are the basics you should know:
- Civics 101.
- Never start your research with Lexis and Westlaw if you are clueless about the topic at hand.
- Cite checkers such as Shepard's or Key Cite are much more than case validators.
- Efficiency in searching Lexis and Westlaw is essential.
- Boolean searching is more precise than Natural Language searching.
- Everything does not have to come from the Internet.
- When to stop when performing Web-based research, free or fee.
- The limitations of both Web-based research services and print resources.
- Asking the partner or senior associate for clarification is OK if you are confused or unsure of the assignment.
- Asking your firm law librarians for help is encouraged and expected.
Source: Law Librarian Blog
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