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1L Survival Guide: Legal Research

Resources and information from the Research Center to help you succeed at Florida State University College of Law

CALI Lessons

CALI Lessons are interactive, computer-based lessons, written by law faculty and librarians.

Legal Research 101: The Tools of the Trade
(1 hr)

Legal Research Methodology

Introduction to Secondary Resources
(40 - 50 min)

How to Find Case Law Using the Digests
(1 hr)

Updating/Validating Case Law Using Citators
(45 min)

Finding Statutes
(45 min)

Hold 'em, Fold 'em, Walk Away or Run: When to Stop the Search
(45 min)

Complete List of all Legal Research Lessons

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Books available at the Research Center


Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Edition
Available on Westlaw (password required) or in print.

Ballentine's Law Dictionary, 3rd Edition
Available via LexisNexis (password required) or in print.

Oxford English Dictionary
Available on-campus or through EZ-Proxy

A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage
Available via LexisNexis (password required) or in print.

Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
Available via LexisNexis (password required) or in print.

LexisNexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law Help

The customer support departments for the major legal information vendors can assist students with ID issues, printing problems and offer searching help. All are available 24/7.

Bloomberg Law:



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