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Use the Law Library's Databases

The Law Library subscribes to a number of databases that are accessable through the Law Library's Databases page. Databases are accessable from the library or remotely. Below are examples and links to commonly used databases. 

Minimize Bluebook frustration

1.  Use the index!

2.  Use the quick guides inside front and back covers for citation examples.

3.  Use Tables 1 & 2 for specific jurisdictions (both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions).


Characteristics of a Good Article or Note Topic

Original: Your article/note should offer original research, ideas, and/or conclusions; it should bring something new to the world of legal scholarship.

Topical: An article/note usually should concern itself with issues of current interest.

Unlikely to be Rendered Moot in the Near Future: It could be pointless to write on a circuit split if the Supreme Court has granted review and will render a decision before your note will be published.  Also, avoid basing your article on volatile world situations that could change substantially at any time.

Narrow:  You cannot take on the world.  It is better chose a narrow topic and examine it thoroughly, than to be overwhelmed by a broader topic.

By Beatrice Tice,  University of Michigan Law Library.


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