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Commentaries on Hicks’ ‘Teaching Legal Bibliography’: With an Addendum by Robert Berring

Legal Reference Services Quarterly, Vol. 28, p. 9, 2009

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-06

23 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2012  

Michael Chiorazzi

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law, Cracchiolo Law Library

Shaun Esposito

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Robert C. Berring

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In an attempt to write a history of legal research in law schools, Chiorazzi and Esposito found that very little has been written to chronicle the history of this important function of academic law libraries; but they did rediscover a gem written by Frederick Hicks, the godfather of law librarians, almost 100 years ago. Much of that which he speaks is still relevant. The authors decided that there was no better way to begin a discussion of the history of legal research instruction than the text of Hicks’ article. The authors have reprinted the entire Hicks article and have added their own comments throughout. And, of course, they knew no discussion of Hicks would be complete without the comments of Bob Berring on one of his personal hero’s work. No law librarian has followed more closely in the intellectual footprints of Hicks than Professor Berring.

Keywords: Frederick Hicks, teaching, research, bibliography, history, legal research

Suggested Citation

Chiorazzi, Michael and Esposito, Shaun and Berring, Robert C., Commentaries on Hicks’ ‘Teaching Legal Bibliography’: With an Addendum by Robert Berring (2009). Legal Reference Services Quarterly, Vol. 28, p. 9, 2009; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2008776

Michael Chiorazzi (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law, Cracchiolo Law Library ( email )

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States

Shaun Esposito

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States

Robert C. Berring

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

Boalt Hall
345 North
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
510-642-6205 (Phone)
510-643-5039 (Fax)

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