1. Start with Background Research
2. Then move on to Focused Research
Make an appointment with a librarian for a research consultation.
Develop a legal research strategy and add these tips and tools to your legal research checklist. It is often helpful to begin your research in an unfamiliar area of law with a secondary source like a research guide. Below you'll find a list of our favorite legal research guides as well as tips on how to find others.
Law Library Research Guides
Search [type of law] law research guide
ex. health law research guide
ex. health law research guide site:.edu (adding site:.edu to Google limits the search to .edu sites only)
Search [type of law] law pathfinder
ex. health law pathfinder
Search [type of law] "annotated bibliography"
ex. health law "annotated bibliography"
Search the Catalog
Search the catalog for subject headings "legal research" or "law bibliography" or do a keyword search for [legal topic] legal research (ex. animal rights legal research).
Use the combined catalog of the Lewis & Clark Boley and Watzek libraries to find books, DVDs, electronic resources and other materials by keyword, title, author and subject.
If the item you’re looking for isn’t available at Boley or Watzek, click on “Summit Libraries” to get the item from another Northwest library.
If the item you want is at the Watzek Library, you can check it out in person or click “Find & Request,” then select "Request L&C Item" to have it delivered to the Boley Library Desk.
If the item you're looking for isn't available at Boley or another Northwest library, fill out our online Interlibrary Loan Request form. We’ll borrow the book or item from another library, and send you an email when it has arrived.
If you prefer, you can also go to WorldCat, find your item, then click the “Request item” link.
Need to search for articles beyond Westlaw and Lexis? Check our specialized legal article databases, as well as our links to SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network and other working paper depositories.
Best bets for locating articles:
Other databases for locating articles: