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Basic Legal Research Tips  

General tips for starting your research and determining when it's okay to stop researching
Last Updated: May 29, 2013 URL: http://lawguides.bc.edu/tips Print Guide RSS Updates

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Five Steps to Legal Research

  • Step 1 Understand the Assignment
  • Step 2 Understand the Problem
  • Step 3 Research the Problem
  • Step 4 Update your research
  • Step 5 Know when to stop

Where do I start my research? How do I know when to stop?

Comprehensive and complete legal research can seem like a daunting task at the beginning, but with some practice law students and new attorneys can learn to grow confident that they are being thorough in their research. This LibGuide is designed to provide tips on how to start your research, how to ensure that your research is comprehensive, and how to know when to stop. This guide is not intended to be a 100% foolproof guide to conducting legal research, but rather a checklist to ensure that a researcher is covering all of the major aspects of legal research.

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