Library Research Guides

Newly Updated: New Zealand Legal Research Guide

Librarian AJ Blechner has given our New Zealand legal research guide a brand new update, which will help you get your New Zealand research project off to a great start. The guide provides information about researching New Zealand law, including books, subscription databases, and free internet resources. Topics include: The history and structure of the New Zealand legal system …

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Legal Research Strategy: help is on the way!

You have a legal research project … now what do you do? Your friends at the HLS Library are here to help. Check out librarian AJ Blechner’s newly updated guide, “Legal Research Strategy.” You’ll learn how to tackle a legal research project step-by-step, and how to create a strategy that will save you time, avoid mistakes, and improve …

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Newly Updated – Legal Research Guide for India

Librarian for Foreign, Comparative & International Law Jennifer Allison has recently updated a legal research guide, “Introduction to Researching Indian Law.” The guide now includes a quick overview of India’s legal system, including links to websites for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Indian government. It also provides instructions to access and use the the law …

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Ready for your summer job? HLS Library can help!

Looking to brush up on your legal research skills, and perhaps learn some new ones, for your summer job? Help is on the way! Research Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator AJ Blechner has created a new research guide, Prepare to Practice: Advancing Your Legal Research, with you in mind. The guide will walk you through advanced legal research …

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State-Specific Legal Research Guides: CA, MA & NY

If you will be doing legal research in California, Massachusetts, or New York this summer, we’ve got you covered! Members of our Research Services team have created guides to introduce you to legal research resources for these three states. Here are links to the guides: California Legal Research by Jennifer Allison Massachusetts Legal Research by Michelle Pearse New …

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New Research Guide: Critical Legal Studies

My new research guide on Critical Legal Studies was published today. It is available at https://guides.library.harvard.edu/critical-legal-studies. The guide features selected books and other resources, along with pre-populated HOLLIS library catalog searches using relevant subject and general keywords, for each of the following topics: Critical Race Theory Latina/o/x Critical Theory Asian Critical Theory Critical Indigenous Studies Critical Whiteness Studies …

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Excel on exams and papers with tools from the Library

Congratulations on making it to the end of the academic year.  As you prepare for exams and finish up your papers and projects, check out some of these resources from the HLS Library to help make the process a little easier: Prepare for HLS Exams guide – We’ve organized some information and resources from the Library and elsewhere …

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New Research Guide: Law and Society

As I suspect is the case with many academic research librarians, I have several research guides that are “in progress.” Therefore, it is always exciting to finish one!  My latest guide, published today, is on Law and Society research (https://guides.library.harvard.edu/law-and-society). I really enjoyed working on this guide, because, to me, multidisciplinary research is the ultimate exercise in language …

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New Research Guide: Researching “Civil Law” Topics at the HLS Library

Over the last several months, I have been working on a research guide that, hopefully, will help bridge one of the gaps that researchers from civil law jurisdictions face when they do legal research in the United States.  The guide, Researching “Civil Law” Subjects at the Harvard Law School Library, was published today, and can be found at https://guides.library.harvard.edu/civil-law. …

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Researching Dockets and Court Filings

Happy new year!  I hope you had some wonderful, relaxing time off for the holidays and are getting ready to hit the ground running in 2019. As many legal researchers know, researching court dockets to find criminal complaints and other filings can be frustrating and time-consuming.  While the subscription database BloombergLaw (https://www.bloomberglaw.com/) and its comprehensive docket database (including …

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