Having identified some of the issues and brainstormed keywords, you will now search for those keywords in books, websites, indexes, and other resources, to find the case law and legislation bearing on your legal questions.

Although you want ultimately to find cases and legislation, you should usually start with secondary sources, such as books and legal encyclopedias, which will point you to the relevant authorities.170 The following sections provide a simple model to help you research your legal questions thoroughly.

To use the model well, use Worksheet 5, or use some other research diary, running bibliography, or bibliographic software (such as EndNote or ReferenceManager) to help you record your progress throughout the project.171

170 See, for example, Stephen Elias and Susan Levinkind, Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law (13th ed, 2005) 5/2.

171 See further, for example, Terry Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law (2nd ed, 2006) 24.

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