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Law Library Resources for Polishing Your Course Papers

Posted by Library Blog on 11/08/2012 at 10:11 AM

As you are writing a paper for a seminar class, Legal Methods or possibly law review, you may be wondering if there are any resources in the Law Library that you can consult for tips on polishing your paper.  

Well, stop wondering and wander the Law Library’s Reference Collection that includes general and subject-specific dictionaries, regular and legal thesauri, grammar handbooks, and style manuals. The Reference Collection is shelved on the bookcases to the right as you enter the law library.  To the left as you enter the law library is a dictionary stand containing general dictionaries and a Black’s Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009) (KF156 .B53 2009).

Some thesauri and style manuals are:

If you are unable to wander the Reference Collection, you can access the Law Library’s subscription to Oxford Dictionaries Pro from the comfort of your home or study area in the law school.  Oxford Dictionaries Pro offers fully searchable content from their world-renowned modern English dictionaries and thesauri and other aids for the writer. 

For guidance on organizing, revising, and editing your paper as well as avoiding plagiarism, consult:

  • Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (4th ed. 2010), KF250 . V6 2010
  • Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers  (4th ed. 2011), KF250 .F34 2011  

If you are interested in improving the appearance of your document, take a look at Typography for Lawyers (2010), Z246 . B98 2010.

In addition to the above publications, do not hesitate to call on the expertise of the law school’s Writing Specialist, Professor Kim Baker!