Looking for Waldo

Law Library Journal, Vo. 111, No. 4, Pp. 613-17 (2019)

5 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2021

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Mary Whisner

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: Fall 2019


In this brief essay, I explore Where's Waldo? books as a metaphor for legal research. Although there are some parallels—Waldo fans and researchers are both hunting for an elusive target among a cluttered field— the metaphor has limits. Unlike the children and adults enjoying whimsical drawings while looking for Waldo, researchers need to know about the fundamental structure of legal sources. And unlike the search for Waldo, real-life research often requires looking for a range of material, not just one man in a striped top. We need to be prepared for multiple Waldos, or none at all.

Keywords: legal research, research process, structure of authority

Suggested Citation

Whisner, Mary, Looking for Waldo (Fall 2019). Law Library Journal, Vo. 111, No. 4, Pp. 613-17 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3916443

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