If you need directions, you can just punch an address into your phone, and within a second, you know exactly what route to take. There’s an app for that. Or many apps for that.
When conducting legal research, a researcher is trying to get to a destination–find answers to questions. In unfamiliar areas of law, it can be hard to begin research without guidance. There’s a guide for that. Research guides provide a map for a researcher, helping navigate legal sources.
Research guides come in all shapes and sizes. Some even offer charts and videos. Here at Georgia State University College of Law Library, we have a variety of guides to help assist our users. Other libraries also offer a wide range of guides.
So before you start researching an unfamiliar subject, try to find a research guide on your topic. Just like a good map, the guide can help you get from point A to point B with efficiency.
To access our web based guides, go to our LibGuides homepage. Below is a small sample of some of the guides we offer our users:
- Georgia Legal Research
- Tax Law – Federal
- Introduction to Medical Research
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law