Principle I: A successful legal researcher possesses foundational knowledge of the legal system and legal information sources.
- An information-literate legal professional considers the full range of potential sources of information, regardless of type or format.
- Differentiates between primary and secondary sources, and recognizes how their use and importance vary depending upon the legal problem or issue.
- Identifies and uses the most effective secondary sources to obtain background information, to gain familiarity with terms of art, and to put primary sources in context.
- Recognizes differences in the weight of authority among sources and applies that knowledge to the legal research problem.