Category Archives: Research Tips

Get Ready for Finals

It’s hard to believe finals are already here.  As always, the library has a number of resources and services to help you get ready for finals. Sample Exams – The Law Library has a number of sample exams for BYU Law professors and courses.  These sample exams are available electronically and can be located here [...]

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Lexis Advance Enhancements

A couple of weeks ago, Lexis released some changes to Lexis Advance.  I wanted to run through a couple of them that I thought might be useful to you.  The first is the ability to select a source from the search bar.  When Lexis Advance was first released, there was no good way to select [...]

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Westlaw or Lexis?

One of the questions students frequently ask me is whether they should use Westlaw or Lexis.  My answer is the always frustrating “both.”  Why?  The fact is that you simply don’t have much control over which you’ll be using in practice, so you should get to know both systems in law school.  It’s true that [...]

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Citations to Old Cases

Last week I blogged about the HeinOnline/Fastcase partnership.  One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve been looking at the cases provided by Fastcase in HeinOnline is that Hein’s ScholarCheck (its version of Shepard’s/KeyCite) is available with each of the cases.  That means researchers can easily find law review and journal articles that cite the [...]

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vLex for Foreign Law

Each year a number of our students do research on the laws of foreign countries.  Finding these laws can be challenging, especially if you don’t speak the language.  To help, we’re always looking to expand our access to foreign law and have recently subscribed to a new database that does just that.  vLex is a great [...]

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Paper Topics

Welcome back!  It’s a new year and a fresh start.  I had a question at the reference desk yesterday about where to look for topics for research papers.  This is a great question that many of you may have to deal with this semester, so let’s discuss. Picking a paper topic is often one of [...]

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Legal Research From The Bar

We talk a lot about Westlaw and Lexis in our legal research classes, but there are a number of other low-cost/free legal research resources that law students and attorneys should be aware of.  Westlaw and Lexis are great tools, but they also cost a lot of money.  As times continue to be tough in the [...]

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Encyclopedia of Public International Law

If you’re interested in learning more about public international law, the library’s subscription to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law is a great place to start.  With over 1600 peer-reviewed articles on various issues of public international law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia is an excellent resource for international law researchers. Recently the encyclopedia [...]

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Constitution Day in the Library

Happy Constitution Day!  Constitution Day often takes on a different meaning for those that begin studying the law on a regular basis.  As might be expected, scholars are writing about the Constitution on a regular basis and the Law Library actively collects books on the subject.  One of the ways to see some of the [...]

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Annotations in WestlawNext

In our first year legal research class, we’ve recently discussed statutory research.  An annotated code is an extremely useful tool when doing statutory research because it provides references to cases and secondary sources that examine the code section you’re researching.  Annotations can save a lot of time and provide a researcher with a lot of [...]

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