Higher Education

Pocket Guide to Legal Research, 1st Edition

  • William H. Putman
  • ISBN-10: 1418053767  |  ISBN-13: 9781418053765
  • 288 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $29.25



The Pocket Guide to Legal Research is designed as a desk reference for use by students and practicing paralegals, legal assistants, and attorneys. This comprehensive guide allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered research questions concerning case, statutory, secondary authority legal research, and legal citation. It includes chapters on non fee-based and fee-based Internet legal research. A chapter explains an organized approach to the legal research process, providing a detailed discussion of each step and the guidelines to follow when engaging in legal research. Also included are chapters on issue identification, spotting the issue and case law analysis. In addition to a glossary of relevant legal research terms, there are three appendices that cover the components of court opinions, elements of a statute, and a research source chart. This comprehensive and up-to-date resource is designed for quick access to information, and can be easily used in the classroom or on the job with a lay-flat binding.

Features and Benefits

  • This user-friendly book is easy to understand and the content is quickly accessible for reference by students and professionals
  • A detailed discussion of primary and secondary research sources and how to use them is provided
  • A chapter on the legal research process provides an organized approach and guidelines to follow when putting research into practice
  • A separate chapter is devoted to legal citation, stressing the importance of this valued skill
  • Two chapters focus on law related web sites and non-fee based, and fee-based, Internet legal research

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law and Court Rules, Research and Analysis
Chapter 2: Case Law Research and Briefing
Chapter 3: Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources,Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests & Shephards
Chapter 4: Secondary Authoirty Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries. Legislative Law History and Other Secondary Authorities
Chapter 5: Computer and Internet Research
Chapter 6: Fee Based Computer Reseach
Chapter 7: Constitutions,Statutes, Administrative Law, Court Rule Elements and Analysis
Chapter 8: The Role of Key Terms and Key Facts in Legal Research
Chapter 9: Issue Identification Spotting the Issue
Chapter 10: Case Law Analysis A Case on Point
Chapter 11: The Research Process for Effective Legal Research
Chapter 12: Legal Citation

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William H. Putman

William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.