Knapp Preemption Checklist

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Melanie Knapp
Head of Reference and Instructional Services
George Mason University Law Library
3301 Fairfax Drive, MSN 1G1
Arlington, VA 22201-4426
Tel: (703) 993-8111

Our rising second year students begin preparations to write a note or comment for their journals in the summer. They receive research training from journal staff and vendor representatives at their journal orientation. So far, we haven’t convinced them to invite librarians. Instead, we developed a Scholarly Writing & Spading research guide for them. We post this preemption checklist there to give them direction and structure in ensuring that their chosen topic has not been covered already in the literature. Presumably, they should consult each of the resources on the checklist, and then check it off the list.