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PSCI 334 Legal Research & Writing


Legal Research is the process of identifying the legal rules that govern an activity and finding materials that explain or analyze those rules.

(Cohen & Olson, 2013, p. 2)

Welcome to the class research guide for PSCI 334 - Legal Research & Writing with Dr. Achury. This guide is designed to help you understand the research process and strategies for legal searches, as well as highlight some of the resources that will be useful for legal research. In it you will find out about secondary sources, primary sources, as well as search strategies and examples of how they are applied in specialized resources. You will also find information on legal citation, and a repository of materials from your guest speaker on legal careers.

The following book might help you better understand different resources or aspects of the Legal Research Process:

Legal research in a nutshell 11th edition book cover

Cohen, M. L., & Olson, K. C. (2013). Legal research in a nutshell. (Eleventh edition.). West.

Call #: Ref. KF240 .C54 2013

Legal Research in a Nutshell is a guide to the legal research process.

A free companion website provides links to the online sources referenced in the Nutshell.

Topics covered include:

  • The research process
  • Case law
  • Statutes and constitutions
  • Court rules and practices

and more!