LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING RESOURCES

WRITING:  K.I.S.S. - KEEP IT SIMPLE BUT SUPPORT WHAT YOU SAY

Facts (no argument, just the undisputed facts); Issues; Short Answers; Arguments (broken down by issue and including applicable legal principles and standards) and Conclusion.  Library Law Guide

"Briefly Speaking" Brief Writing - Best Practices see:  "Briefly Speaking"

BASIC GUIDE TO RESEARCH & CITATION:   

SMU Guides

Cornell Law School Library

Constitutions

Try Google Scholar Search for peer reviewed articles and other indexed scholastic reference material:

Google Scholar

United States:  U.S. Const. art. I, sec. 8, cl. 3

Washington State:  Wash. Const. art. I, sec. 11

Statutes & Administrative Codes:

United States:  49 U.S.C. sec. 41706 (2007)

Washington:   RCW 70.160.020

Cases:  

United States Supreme Court is cited, e.g.:  Hadacheck v. Sabastian, 239 U.S. 394, 410 (1915). 

Washington State Supreme Court is cited, e.g.:  John Doe v. Blood Center, 117 Wn.2d 772, 781, 819 P.2d 370 (1991)

Washington Court of Appeals:  Fred J. Moore, Inc. v. Schinmann, 40 Wn. App. 705 (1985)

RESEARCH SPRING BOARDS:

SAINT MARTIN'S UNIVERSITY  www.stmartin.edu/library

WASHINGTON STATE LAW LIBRARY: Washington State Law Library Materials

KING COUNTY LAW LIBRARY:    http://www.kcll.org

UW LAW LIBRARY:   http://lib.law.washington.edu

BUSINESS LAW:   http://www.stmartin.edu/library/guides/businesslaw.aspx

SEARCH ENGINES:

http://www.dogpile.com

http://www.clusty.com

http://www.teoma.com

http://www.gigablast.com

www.lexnotes.com

WASHINGTON LAW

State Court System.pdf

Washington State Agencies, etc: www.access.wa.gov

Municipal Research Service (includes useful links): http://www.mrsc.org/

Washington State Court decisions:  www.legalwa.org

TVW - State Supreme Court: http://www.tvw.org

ALSO!--U.S. Law -- Washington--Sources: http://www.lawsource.com/also/usa.cgi?wa

FEDERAL LAW:

FindLaw:  Supreme Court Opinions:  http://findlaw.com/casecode/suupreme.html

The Federal Court Locator:  http://www.vcilp.org/Fed-Ct/fedcourt.html#usappeals

THOMAS -- U.S. Congress on the Internet:  http://thomas.loc.gov/

GPO - Access Databases:  http://www.access.gpo.gov [wide selection of federal databases]

GPO Monthly Catalog via social science data base at www.stmartin.edu/library  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:  http://www.fedworld.gov/

US House of Representatives:  http://www.house.gov/

www.patentfetcher.com

GENERAL, BUSINESS & LAW SCHOOL LIBRARIES

Go to Social Science Database for Legal Resources and LexisNexis via www.stmartin.edu/library  

Business Law Resourses (from Merlot):  Merlot Law Search

http://findlaw.com [to locate articles go to top page "for students" then select "law reviews"]

www.law.cornell.edu/index.html

www.hg.org/hg.html

www.internetlawyer.com/

www.lawsource.com/also/

www.lectlaw.com/rotu.html

http://lawlinks.com

http://www.abanet.org/lawlink/home.html

www.wsba.org

www.legal-businessforms.com

www.lawsource.com/also/usa.cgi?wa

www.versuslaw.com

http://catalaw.com/

http://www.law.emory.edu

www.law.indiana.edu/

http://www.lawreview.org

http://www.washlaw.edu/

http://abanet.org/

http://www.legalethics.com/index.html

www.afda.org/

www.netlawlibraries.com

NEWSPAPERS & MEDIA:  ONLY A FEW OF THE MANY CITES

Go to newspaper database via www.stmartin.edu/library

New York Times:  www.nytimes.com

Los Angeles Times: www.latimes.com

Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com

Seattle Post-Intelligence: http://seattle-pi.com

The Olympian:  www:theolympian.com

FINDING PEOPLE:

www.whitepages.com

www.worldpages.com

www.skipease.com

www.knowx.com

www.pimall.com

www.peoplesearch.com

www.zabasearch.com

BANKRUPTCIES, COURT FILINGS & OTHER PUBLIC RECORDS:

www.virtualchase.com

www.publicrecordsources.com

www.access-central.com

www.crimetime.com/online.htm

www.ire.org/datalibrary/index.html

http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/

MAIL LISTINGS, POSTINGS & BLOGS

www.professorbainbridge.com

www.legalunderground.com

http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/library/resources/blogs.html#legal

www.generalcounsel.net/wiredgc/

SELF-HELP LEGAL RESOURCES:

www.nolopress.com


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