Whenever you are given a research problem, it is crucial that you answer this question:
WHAT DO I ULTIMATELY NEED? WHY DO I NEED IT?
You might not immediately be able to identify everything you ultimately will need! It will develop as you do more research. However, in order to keep your research focused and organized, we recommend that you identify the following:
You can also use these search terms to brainstorm search keywords.
When crafting keyword searches, ask yourself:
How would the author use the language? In other words: how would a judge write the opinion you are looking for? What words would they use? In what different permutations might they occur? How close to one another would the words be?
What other fields will help narrow my searching? If you have been asked to find a case written by a particular judge, or within a particular jurisdiction, or during a certain time period, narrow your fields to reflect those limiters.
What if you have no idea how to locate something, or begin to tackle a problem? There are a few places that might help!
Using Boolean connectors and expanders allows you to create very precise searches and may lead to more focused and relevant results.