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Ruth Ann McKinney and Scott Childs' Legal Research:
A Practical Guide and Self-Instructional Workbook, 5th Edition

New: Now with a downloadable, up-to-date 2014 e-Supplement covering introductory online research skills & strategies

From its first edition, when it was recognized by the Law Library Journal as one of the best legal reference instruction books on the market, Legal Research: A Practical Guide and Self-Instructional Workbook was on the cutting edge of legal pedagogy and research instruction. Before flipped classrooms and blended courses became common terms in education, this unique book embraced active learning theory and self-instruction to introduce thousands of law students to legal research in the context of simulated real-life problem sets. This student-centered approach allows your students to learn by doing, experiencing success and increasing their competencies in a simulated legal practice environment.

The authors are now proud to announce that this time-tested legal research workbook is poised to make ground-breaking changes once again. While, for many, books and book-based research retain their appeal, there is no denying the fact that the ready accessibility of computer-based research tools and widespread computer literacy have changed the course of legal research forever. With two fresh new authors, Assistant Professor Lisa Lukasik and law librarian Caitlin Swift, on board, we will shift our focus in a 6th edition (forthcoming in 2016) to the tidal changes that have occurred in the world of legal research since the 5th edition was written. This new edition will retain the book's focus on developing key legal reasoning skills while integrating best practices for using all resources to their best advantage in the context of the goals that you are trying to accomplish.

Between now and the release of this innovative new 6th edition, we are proud to offer a downloadable, up-to-date 2014 e-Supplement that will introduce your students to the online research strategies and skills necessary for their success. Updated through August of 2014, and continuously updated going forward, this e-Supplement is accessible only online and can be downloaded by you or by your students when you adopt the book for your class. We recommend that you direct your students to this new e-Supplement in lieu of asking them to use the printed supplement that will arrive with their textbooks.

As you consider adopting this textbook, we invite you to explore the features and benefits offered in the current 5th edition as well as the 2014 e-Supplement:

  • Offers an active learning approach that motivates students to learn at their own pace and to retain what they have learned (See Introductory Chapter on this Author's Page)

  • Retains a flexible design based on 10 different real-life problem sets that allows faculty to break students into teams and to use class time to share and apply the information students have discovered on their own (see Table of Contents on this Author's Page)

  • Encourages students to view themselves as practitioners entering an engaging, demanding profession (see sample Assigning Memo on this Author's Page)

  • Teaches students how to think about and to write about a client's problem—not just hunt for information in a vacuum (see sample Hands-On Lesson on this Author's Page)

  • Includes a comprehensive Teacher's Manual (accessible on this Author's Page)

  • 2014 e-Supplement covers Lexis Advance changes released in September, including coverage of its in-depth indicator feature!

  • 2014 e-Supplement covers current WestlawNext techniques and includes strategies for integrating Westlaw Classic (no longer available) strategies into students' use of WestlawNext

In addition to these time-tested features, the new 6th edition, to be released with an electronic version, will offer:

  • Integrated demonstration videos
  • Innovative, interactive online platform
  • “Best Practices” tips followed by experts
  • Ability to be customized to meet the needs of your classroom

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