Steps in Writing a Paper
Finding a topic that fulfills the Advanced Writing Requirements and Skills Training is challenging and time consuming.
These guides will save you time and help you through the stages of writing a paper.
STEP 1: Choosing a Topic
Help finding a topic for your paper.
STEP 2: Preemptive Check
Checking to see if your topic is sufficiently original to merit your time and effort.
STEP 3: Research Strategies for a Law School Paper
In depth research - using the library services and resources.
STEP 4: Getting Published
Advice on getting your paper published.
Please contact any of our Chase Law Librarians if you need assistance with your research!
About This Guide
This guide highlights the key resources for doing scholarly legal research research. The guide is intended to help our Chase Law Students who are writing major papers or law review comments or notes.
If you are a Chase law student and would like personalized advice on your paper or law review project, you can make an appointment with a Reference Librarian or call Carol Furnish, 859-572-5396, to discuss research strategies and techniques.
Make a Research Plan
Map out a tentative research plan before you plunge in. Don't be afraid to go off on potentially useful tangents, but check your plan from time to time to make sure you are not going too far off track.
If your focus changes, you can always revise your plan. As your research progresses, use your plan to keep track of the sources you checked and the searches you ran, so that you can recreate successful searches, and so that you don't repeat work unnecessarily.
This sample Research Log Book can help you brainstorm, plan, and keep track of your research.
This guide incorporates suggestions from other libraries, including the University of San Francisco, Zief Law Library. The libguide author is Lee Ryan, Research Librarian.