I think the book is written in a fairly unbiased tone and didn`t notice any obvious mistakes. I think the text should include information on local jurisdictions and local rules, UTCR, PCNO, OEC as types of laws that need to be considered in research. I`ve had many cases involving technical/procedural issues, and I haven`t seen anything about finding these primary sources or even that they exist. Tina M. Brooks received a B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska School of Law in 2009, and a Master of Information Science from the University of Texas School of Information in 2011. In July 2011, she joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky Law Library as the Electronic Services Librarian. In addition to her library duties, which include managing the law library`s website and the library`s electronic resources, she teaches two sections of 1L Legal Research.

Beau Steenken joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky Law Library in September 2010. As a librarian for teaching services, he was involved in a redesign of the legal research curriculum when the UK College of Law moved from a complementary model to a full-time faculty model of LRW teaching. He teaches two to four sections of 1L Legal Research per year and also coordinates the teaching of informal research of various types. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, he managed to earn a B.A., J.D. and M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas, as well as a master`s degree in history from Texas State University and an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Nottingham, where he also began archery. This text is very simple. As a primary source of information, it may be appropriate if it is strongly supplemented by information from other sources and is used as a reference rather than a teaching tool. This is the kind of text I could use to cut costs for students if I had to produce a lot of my own lectures/exercises and papers because there is no real sample of how to do a research project from start to finish.

An index or glossary is also missing. The table of contents gives you a basic idea of the content, but the chapters are pretty spartan. It would be a good text for a general overview of the research process, but it does not provide examples of research problems, nor answers to the few exercises it suggests. There are links to online exercises, but these require membership and may incur a fee for the student. The organization and structure made sense. I would have liked MANY more diagrams and/or illustrations to break down the text. Also, there would be a better visual understanding of the search flow and how primary/secondary sources are related, etc. Legal research is very complex and time-consuming to master. This book consists mostly of text with very little that is printed visually as graphs/tables or even in bold – for example, glossary terms.

Sources of Law focuses on realistic goals for 1Ls to learn in relatively short classes, and therefore focuses primarily on the basics. It introduces advanced material so that 1Ls can recognize information they may encounter in research, but it does not fully cover research material outside the scope of the traditional 1L course. As such, it is best suited for introductory legal research courses for the 1L. This text is very simple. As a primary source of information, it may be appropriate if it is strongly supplemented by information from other sources and is used as a reference rather than a teaching tool. That is the kind of text I could use to reduce costs. Read more In its most basic definition, legal practice involves conducting research to find relevant legal standards and then applying those rules to the specific circumstances a client faces. In U.S. law, however, the applicable legal rules come from countless sources, which complicates the process and distinguishes legal research from other types of research. This text introduces first-year law students to the new type of research required for the study and practice of law. He seeks to demystify the art of legal research by following a „source and process“ approach. First, the text introduces students to the main sources of American law and describes the forms that different authorities have traditionally taken in printed form.

Once this foundation is established, the text informs students about the methods they are most likely to apply in practice, namely electronic search techniques and consulting secondary sources. Sources of Law includes screenshots currently hosted on YouTube that actively demonstrate the processes described in the static text. Finally, the text illustrates how the different parties come together in the legal research process. There weren`t many examples that required cultural relevance because it was primarily about the structure of the legal system, the legal authorities, and the research process. I noticed that the use of he/she was reversed when a universal pronoun was used, and I appreciated that. Given the nature of the book, I don`t think it would be a problem to assign chapters separately or remove certain sections. However, the nature of legal research requires logical progress in understanding. So I don`t know if it would make sense to take things out of that direction. The book has a reasonable number of subtitles in the chapters. However, I saw no way to simply copy/paste and/or manipulate the book other than simply assign individual chapters/readings.

What I mean is that it was written in a fairly traditional way, that I would expect a printed text to be created. It did not have a presentation as if it supported simple modularity as I have seen in other OER or more recent texts. I believe that the introductory chapters on the structure of the legal system will be relevant and will not need to be updated. But the links in electronic search will probably need to be updated if an interface like Lexis changes its system. I didn`t find any problems with inconsistencies. The framework made sense. It was free of navigation problems. When I read the book on iBooks, it often shortened the text or graphics and didn`t present it well. In PDF format, it was cumbersome. I think this book is a gift because it is OER and I would like to acknowledge the effort and time it took to do so.

I do not want my comments to seem mostly negative because it is a good text. I don`t think it`s complete or as useful as a teaching text. Reviewed by Ann Su, part-time instructor, Portland Community College on 20/06/17 Die Prosa ist klar und gut geschrieben.


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