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Finding and Researching Law-Related Paper Topics: Key Sources

This guide is designed to help students locate legal databases which are useful for identifying paper topics. The full-text legal resources listed below are good starting points for legal research in general.

Advice on Scholarly Writing for Law Students

Preemption Check

Searching for Novel Issues

More Information

For a complete list of law-related databases available to OU students and faculty, please visit the Law Library web site.

Circuit Splits

Sample Westlaw and Lexis searches for topics that are a "first impression" to a court or "beyond the scope" of a law review article:

  • Courts of Appeals - Circuit Split: adv: circuit /s split and HE(copyright) and DA(aft2010)
  • Courts of Appeals - First Impression: adv: (issue or question or matter) /s ("first impression" or novel) & ATLEAST5(copyright) & da(aft 2010)
    • see copyright example on Westlaw
  • Law Reviews - Beyond the Scope: "beyond the scope" /s (note or article or comment) & ATLEAST5(copyright) & da(aft 2010)
    • see copyright example on Westlaw

Call for Papers

Additional Guides for Locating Paper Topics

Google Search - Hot Topics in Criminal Law

Google Web Search

Google Search - Circuit Splits

Google Web Search

Subject Specialist

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Darin Fox
Contact:
Darin K. Fox
Associate Dean
Director of the Law Library
and Professor of Law
Donald E. Pray Law Library
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: 405-325-6540
Website

Boolean Search Techniques for Paper Topics