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Thinking About Legal Research Problems

Created by Paul D. Callister from earlier version at

Research Process, Plans and Logs

Why should you plan your research?  Why keep a log?

It saves you that most valuable commodity:  TIME. 

Instead of diving down rabbit holes (irrelevant searches), duplicating earlier research, or feeling overwhelmed by 1,000s of research results (noise), this process will help you stay focused, find the right materials, and prevent research anxiety.  Alternative link (use if Panopto is down).


Please watch this video to learn how to use the Research Plan and Research Log templates linked above.  

Legal Research Cycle


More information:  Paul D. Callister, Chapter 6: Construct of the Legal Research Process, in FIELD GUIDE TO LEGAL RESEARCH 123 (West Academic Publishing 2019).

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