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Journal Editor Resources: Researching Comments

This guide is intended to serve as a consolidation of content from several different guides to help Penn Law students as they approach the process of researching and writing a note or comment for their law journal.

Introduction to this Guide

As a journal student, writing a note or comment is your chance to add your original thoughts and analysis to the body of scholarly literature; the prospect may seem daunting, but seeing your work published can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your law school career. 

This guide brings together content from several other research guides to help you navigate the entire process, from choosing your topic to finding a publisher. It does not focus on subject specific resources, but rather provides general advice regarding locating legal and non-legal scholarship, finding relevant statistics and news, and organizing resources. 

If you have specific questions about how to research your paper, do not hesitate to reach out to a librarian. We are available to discuss at the reference desk, or you can schedule individual appointments to discuss research strategies.

  1. Selecting a Topic
  2. Preemption Checking
  3. Building your Research
  4. Organization & Citation
  5. Plagiarism

Because this guide is intended to be built around the research process generally, you may also want to consult one of our substantive research guides for additional information about conducting research in your specific area of the law. The list of substantive guides is available here.

Meet with a Librarian

Request a Research Consultation

Biddle Librarians are happy to meet with you to discuss your projects and help develop your research strategy. Use the form linked above to request a consultation and we will get back to you within 24 hours to schedule the appointment. Research consultations typically run between 30 and 60 minutes and are intended to help you strategize and troubleshoot your research projects.