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Learning Legal RulesA Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning

Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning (11th edn)

James Holland and Julian Webb
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date: 30 September 2023

p. 352. Finding the Lawlocked

p. 352. Finding the Lawlocked

  • James HollandJames HollandEmeritus Professor of Employment Law University of the West of England, Bristol
  •  and Julian WebbJulian WebbProfessor of Law University of Melbourne, Australia


This chapter introduces the main resources and techniques needed for legal research, the development of legal ‘information literacy’, and the appropriate methods to undertake research: the capabilities necessary for learning and working in an information-rich, digital society. It demonstrates how digital technologies are changing the nature of law and legal information from physical to a virtual space, and with it the research process. Digital media have created new challenges, for example for intellectual property law, for data security and protection, and for the criminal law in responding to a wide range of electronic crime. The discussion of specific research tools and techniques covers literary sources; case law; legislation; EU law; and using a number of online resources.

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