Should You Use a Textbook to Teach Legal Research?
Nancy P. Johnson
Georgia State University College of Law
Law Library Journal, Vol. 103, Summer 2011
Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-14
Legal research professors have struggled with the question of assigning and using a text in class. Since there are many excellent legal research texts available, instructors may feel their students need a safety net of a printed textbook. For professors who decide to use a textbook, this article includes reviews of selected current legal research texts. On the other hand, professors may believe that many students do not read their legal research texts and prefer teaching without a textbook. Instead, they may use a series of web sites, PowerPoint slides, tutorials, podcasts, and electronic texts. The article also discusses student reaction to a legal research class at Georgia State University College of Law that does not use a textbook.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: legal research, legal bibliography, legal education, bibliographic instruction, education, textbooks
JEL Classification: I20, I29, K00, K10, K19
Date posted: May 18, 2011 ; Last revised: December 17, 2012