Step 1A. Do a Preliminary Analysis of Your FactsStep 1B. Try to Construct Legal ArgumentsStep 1C. Use a Legal Dictionary if Necessary
Step 2A. Consult Legal Encyclopedias for a General Overview of your TopicStep 2B. Search ALR for a Relevant AnnotationStep 2C. Use Law Reviews to Find Relevant Law
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This guide introduces students in ENG 392 Legal Writing classes to basic legal research using UMD resources.
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Introduction

This research guide introduces ENG 392 Legal Writing students to the legal research process. It supplements the legal research session of the class led by the McKeldin Library staff. Although it is designed to help students with their ENG 392 written assignments, others may find it useful for their own legal research purposes. It may be updated to account for class needs, or for changes in the print and digital resources mentioned.

If you're new to legal research, it's best to follow this guide step-by-step. The amount of time you focus on each particular step will depend on your research assignment and your instructor's directions.

If you have any questions about this guide or if you need additional legal research assistance, feel free to reach out to the McKeldin Library's subject specialist for law.

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