Based on the content from the "Legal Research. A practitioner's handbook" by Peter Clinch with contributions by Jon Beaumont. Click on the link to access full details of the book in the library.
1 - Plan your research
Follow basic research methods to make your research more effective.
2 - Clarification of search topic
Below you can find the basic questions you need to answer to undertake more effectively your search.
3 - Categorise the legal topic and identify keywords
After clarifying the scope of your research, you should be able to categorise it within one or more of the following categories:
Afterwards, you can use the Statsky's Cartwheel to derive the research questions to interrogate both print and electronic sources about the search topic.
4 - Research the problem
Start your search with a secondary source like an authoritative general law encyclopedia, or specific features on legal databases:
These sources help you to identify key primary sources, whether statutes or cases, and lead you to relevant commentaries.
5 - Search latest updates & commentaries
For legislation check proposals that might affect known law, tracing progress of relevant bills through the legislature.
For cases trace judicial history of a case, verifying that judgment still good law or overruled by later decisions.
Volumes in the GSM London library catalogue are classified using an adapted version of the London Classification of Business Studies.
|Law (general). jurisprudence, lawyers' skills, legal research||PA|
|Public international law||PCD|
|Private international law||PCE|
|Constitutional law. Administrative law, judiciary||PFC|
|Inheritance and succession law||PGDD|
To easily find books on the shelves, check the correspondence between the practice area or topic of your interest and the assigned class mark on the spine of the volumes from the table on the right.