Social Science Research:
- Use Academic Search Complete, Proquest, and Google Scholar to search for relevant articles.
- Pay attention to the terminology used in those articles and MODIFY YOUR SEARCH TERMS accordingly.
- Expand your research by paying attention to the references and footnotes - the sources cited by relevant articles.
- If you find a relevant article, google its author. Usually, s/he will have authored related papers.
- If you find a relevant article, search for it on Google Scholar and click on the "Cited by..." link to find other relevant articles that have cited your article (the social science version of shepardizing).
Public Policy & Legislative Research:
- Add site:.org to your Google searches to limit your results to NGO and think tank websites. These are excellent sources for information about pending and enacted legislation concerning a particular issue.
- Use site:.gov to limit your results to government websites.
- To search for proposed legislation, use the Proposed Legislation (Bills) database on Westlaw.
- To search for a specific municipality's municipal codes and ordinances, try looking on the city's website. Other sources to check are listed here: http://libguides.uchastings.edu/state-local-government/primary-law
Foreign & Comparative Law:
- Start with a law review or other academic journal article to identify foreign legislation.
- To find the full text of the legislation, use Globalex or the Foreign Law Guide to identify online sources of primary law for the jurisdiction.
- ILO's Working Conditions Laws Database summarizes legislation from countries around the world on minimum wage, working time, and maternal protection laws.
Case Law Research:
- Start with a secondary source such as a law review article to identify a relevant case. If your search in secondary sources returns too many results, try searching for terms in the title field.
- Using that case, expand your research by reviewing 1) the cases it cites; 2) the cases, briefs, and secondary sources that cite it; 3) the terminology it uses to modify your full text searches of case law databases.
- Use advanced search options, including connectors and expanders, when searching for cases.
- Use current awareness tools such as Bloomberg BNA's law reports to search for recent litigation and new legal developments.