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Law Review, Choosing a Topic, Preemptive Search, Books, Journals, Databases, Interlibrary Loans, Citation Rules
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Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review. - Eugene Volokh
Call Number: Open Reserve KF250 .V63 2010
ISBN: 1599417502
Publication Date: 4th ed., 2010

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The Essentials of English - Ann Hogue
Call Number: Reference PE1408.H664
ISBN: 0131500902
Publication Date: 2003

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Scholarly Writing for Law Students - Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk
Call Number: Open Reserve KF250 .F35 2011
ISBN: 0314207201
Publication Date: 4th ed., 2011

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A Writer's Reference - Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers
Call Number: Open Reserve PE1408 H2778
ISBN: 0312601433
Publication Date: 2011



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.

General Advice:

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 Help

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.

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