How to Conduct Law Research at the Georgetown Library


Law is the set of rules that govern the conduct of individuals in a society. It also helps people to make decisions about what is right and wrong.

Law can be broken or obeyed and the person who breaks a law is punished. For example, if someone is caught stealing, they may be fined or put in jail. It is also used more broadly to refer to a whole group of laws that all citizens must follow or face punishment for.

The concept of law is a major part of legal and political philosophy. It is the basis of our democracy and protects the rights of people.

There are many different kinds of laws and they all serve to help people in their daily lives. For instance, in Malaysia, we have laws that help us with things like driving, drinking, shopping and even dating.

A law is a rule that is made by a government or another authority. These laws can be written or unwritten, and they must be followed by citizens.

These laws can be very complex and are not easy to understand. This is why it is important to research the law thoroughly and to learn about them before making a decision.

When conducting legal research, you will need to use both primary and secondary resources. A primary resource establishes a law, while a secondary source discusses and explains a law or a group of laws.

Some of the most useful primary sources include court decisions, legislative records and reports from judicial proceedings. Other legal research sources are books, journals and articles.

The Georgetown Library’s collection of law journals and law reviews provides researchers with scholarly analysis of legal issues and policies. These articles often contain extensive footnotes that cite to both primary and secondary sources.

A law journal or law review is a periodical that contains scholarly articles, essays and other commentary on a wide variety of legal topics. The journals in the Library’s collection are organized into various categories. These include law school reviews; specialized and scholarly journals; bar association journals; commercial journals in specialized fields; or legal newspapers.

Periodicals are especially useful for analyzing the current state of a particular law or legal issue. Articles in these journals often describe in detail the current state of the law and offer extensive footnotes that cite to primary and secondary sources.

Indexes and search databases are a key resource for identifying relevant articles. These databases will search citations with abstracts to publications and will also provide full-text for the latest edition of a journal.

HeinOnline and Lexis both have search databases that allow you to access a variety of different legal topics and will give you a list of journals that cover your topic. In addition, HeinOnline also archives scholarship back to the mid-1800s.

When searching for an article, it is important to use consistent subject headings. This will ensure that you can locate the article even if the title is obscure or the author uses different terminology. This will help you identify the most relevant articles quickly and easily.