This guide offers a quick introduction to scholarly writing. The guide applies to law students who trying to write on law review and students fulfilling a writing requirement.
Plan Ahead - You are required to do thorough scholarly research and writing. Allow yourself time to find, read, and analyze your research materials.
Keep Track of Your Research - Keep a research log, where you have been, what search terms you used, and notes about about how the sources can be used in your paper. Keep complete citations for your resources as you go.
Stay Focused on Your Topic - You will be tempted to stray from your topic, as you will find interesting materials not directly relevant to your paper topic.
You will follow these basic steps:
- Find a topic
- Conduct a preemptive search
- Create a thesis - two to three sentences
- Complete an outline
- Research your issues
- Write and re-write
- Use extensive footnotes
Reference librarians can assist you with your research and information needs. Reference librarians are available in person and by phone.
- Call 859.572.6030 to reach a librarian or you can contact Carol Furnish directly at 859.573.5396.
- Reference by Appointment Service allows for an in-depth interview with the user and more individualized instruction.