Tutor profile: Lisa H.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What are the best resources to use for a student looking for legal resources?
I would talk to them about Lexis and Westlaw first, and about the features they have that other sources do not. But I would also talk them through the many free resources for basic legal resources, particularly Justia and Cornell's site, and the Oyez.org website which I find particularly useful. I would also talk to them about legal citations to make sure they are comfortable finding case law.
I need to find cases related to and law reviews about Roe v. Wade.
Assuming they have access to Lexis Nexis or Westlaw, I would talk them through Shepardizing/KeyCite to find cases directly related to Roe v. Wade. I would also talk to them about general searching and narrowing to specific types of resources, as well as Lexis's search within a search feature. I would make sure they understood the different results of a Shepard's search.
Subject: Political Science
I need to find peer-reviewed journals on the American civil war.
First I would walk them through a reference interview to determine more specifically what they needed. Then I would explain how advanced searching works, help them select some key words, explain some advanced searching tricks like quotation marks and wild cards, and then I would talk to them about filtering options.
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