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Research and writing in the disciplines: Law

Brief descriptions of the thinking and writing most valued by individual disciplines; recommended library databases

Writing

Legal writing should be:

  • Accurate--make sure your facts are correct
  • Brief or "spare"--no extraneous details
  • Clear and precise--use simple, common words and avoid "legalese,"  but be precise in your use of standard legal terminology
  • Honest

Law also has its own specialized citation system, called the "Blue book."

Research sources

Some writing about legal issues including a few law review journals are included in:‚Äč


In addition, TCC paralegal students (within certain courses) have access to Westlaw.

Links to research guides

These are links to research guides created here at TCC either for a specific discipline or program or for a specific assignment.  They will give you a little deeper understanding of what instructors might require.

A research guide for legal research:

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