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With the permission of the author, this ResearchGuide is has been modified from its original version.  Created by Drake Law Librarian, Karen Wallace.


Contact Us

Please feel free to make an appointment with one of the Reference Librarians after the workshop if you have any questions about the research you will be doing in your summer internship.

Maureen Eggert 

Kate Irwin-Smiler

Sally Irvin

Liz M. Johnson



Attend the Spring Bootcamp for your legal research skills to make sure you get ahead!

Get ahead by getting ahead on your preparation for this summer.

Who: You and your friendly Librarians

When: Thursday, March 29 4:00-7:00

What: Refresher on legal research

Why: To get ahead. 


10 Questions to Determine if this Guide is for You

If you have trouble answering the questions below*, this guide may be for you:

  1. If you are given a research problem where do you start? How do you know when to stop?
  2. How do you use the Code of Federal Regulations?
  3. What are Administrative Law decisions? How are they published? Who publishes them?
  4. Do you know how to use the print equivalent of online sources? What if there is no online source - do you know how to find information in print?
  5. What is Iowa's Administrative Code? How does it relate to the state's version of the Federal Register?
  6. How do you research state legislative history?
  7. What are the names of the major looseleafs in your practice area? Do you know how to use them?
  8. What other general secondary sources and those specific to your practice area are available? Are they in print or online? Do you know how to use them?
  9. How much does a search cost in Westlaw and LexisNexis?
  10. Do you know the low-cost (or free) online alternatives to Westlaw and LexisNexis? What is included in them? How do you use them? 

* Questions adapted from Kelly Browne, The Top 10 Things Firm Librarians Wish Summer Associates Knew, 8 Perspectives 140 (2000).


Service to Bench and Bar

After you graduate, or while you're working in the summer, remember that we offer the following services at no charge to members of the North Carolina bench and bar:

  • Borrowing Privileges. The Professional Center Law Library extends borrowing privileges to local practicing attorneys. Materials may be renewed by phone (if other patrons do not need them).
  • Reference Assistance. Basic reference assistance is available during normal business hours. If an immediate answer is not possible, a follow-up response normally can be expected within a few hours.
  • Law Library Web Page & ResearchGuides. The Law Library’s Web page provides access to the online catalog and Web links to a wide variety of Iowa, U.S. federal, and topical legal information that can be accessed by attorneys in their homes or offices.

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