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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. 

Don't let the Bluebook drive you crazy!

The following tips will prevent most (but certainly not all) Bluebook frustration:

1.  Use the index to find what you need!

2.  Do you find the Bluebook rules confusing?  Look for and copy citation examples.

3.  Use  the Bluebook Tables 1 & 2 to find citation examples for specific jurisdictions (both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions).

4.  Always refer to the Bluebook web page for updates.

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 writie 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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