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General Resources

These titles by legal writing experts take students through the entire process of writing research papers.

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Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review - Eugene Volokh
Call Number: Law Reserve KF250 .V65 2010
ISBN: 9781599417509
Publication Date: 2010

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Scholarly Writing - Jessica L. Clark and Kristen E. Murray
Call Number: Law Reserve KF250 .C528 2012
ISBN: 9781611630176
Publication Date: 2012



Writing a research paper is a different experience than writing a brief or memorandum of law. In a brief, you start with a position, and your job is to develop the arguments in support of your position.

When you write a research paper, you must first select a topic and decide what position to adopt.  Then you must develop arguments to support your position. The final paper still presents your position and supporting arguments in order to persuade the reader, just as a brief does, but you must use a different process to arrive  at the end product.

This guide provides resources that will help you along each step of process.

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Librarians who staff the Reference Desk are available to help you plan your research strategy and to help you find resources that might be useful in your project. You may set up an appointment to speak with a Librarian about your research needs. The Law Library offers two types of electronic reference service for our law students: email and chat. To use email reference service, please contact Renee Rastorfer. The chat reference service is available during all scheduled reference hours, unless otherwise publicized. The buddy name of the Law School Library is WNELawChat. We are monitoring AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. See the "Chat With a Librarian" Box above. Click here to learn more about reference chat service.


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