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Law & Society - Library Research

01: 920:348:90 - Prof. Catherine Lee

Background Information

Don't know where to start?      

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. -- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

For an introduction to concepts and ideas for research topics, subject Encyclopedias can be useful. For example checkout the following search Sociology Encyclopedias @ RU Libraries  or you may be more specifically interested in reading about social movements - try Encyclopedia of American social movements. The overviews available here can be useful to compare entries from Wikipedia. Rather than citing the overview itself, check out the list of references used in such overviews which may be particularly useful.

Encyclopedias that may help you get started:

  Encyclopedia of Sociology

Try:  CQ Researcher for overviews of issues

Here are the two websites that are useful for finding summaries of major legal cases.

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Planning your Search

What is your research about?

Which words would best capture your topic?

To learn more about planning keywords and using Boolean operators, check out these library tutorials:

Getting Started with Research
Covers why information literacy skills matter and how to get started with a research project.

Sources of Information
How information is created and the different types of sources one might encounter while doing research.

Searching for Information
Basics of searching for information - including choosing the right source, identifying keywords, and employing search techniques.


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