Principle II, Standard A

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Principle II: A successful legal researcher gathers information through effective and efficient research strategies.


  1. An information-literate legal professional selects appropriate research sources.


    1. Identifies and analyzes the appropriate legal issues that need to be researched.
    2. Recognizes the authority or authorities governing particular legal issues.
    3. Knows which print or electronic, primary or secondary, sources contain appropriate and current content on the issue being researched.
    4. Recognizes how tools facilitate research tasks due to content or organization, such as use of controlled vocabulary, synopses, annotations, or headnotes.
    5. Knows how to check the content of sources and validate the completeness and currency of the selected sources.
    6. Supplements or validates preliminary results with additional tools.