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Research Strategies for Seminar Papers

This guide outlines the steps required for scholarly legal writing.

STEP 3: Background Research

You will want to look for background information about your topic by reading relevant books and journal articles. As you get into your background research and reading, you may find that you need to reevaluate your topic and narrow or broaden it as necessary. When you read through your background sources, you will find not only a discussion of the issues you will be researching, but also extensive citations to relevant materials for your focused research: leading cases, important statutes and regulations, as well as additional secondary sources. Make a note of these in your research log so that you can use them when you begin your in-depth research.