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8. Research  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter explores legal research and research skills in practice. It explains the purpose of legal research. A practical legal research strategy is provided, and guidance is given on each stage of that strategy. Information is provided about how to analyse a research task. Different types of resources are considered, including primary and secondary sources. Consideration is given to electronic sources, and how to identify a decent electronic source from one which is not appropriate. Information is provided about the most popular online databases, including how to ensure your research is up to date. Finally, guidance is provided about how to record the research trail and how to report the results of the research.

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Cover Legal Systems & Skills

8. Research  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter first explains the purpose of legal research. It then discusses approaches and strategies for carrying out legal research in both academia and practice, which include planning, research techniques, updating, and recording and presenting research. It also considers primary and secondary sources of legal material.