Lessons from the Law Library - The 'Answer' Does Not Exist
She outlines 5 lessons, all of which I can identify with, but I think Lesson #2 is the most important one:
"Sometimes “The Answer” does not exist. In June slews of undergraduates were taking a business law course and came to the library on a semi-regular basis. They frequently requested my help in searching for case law or legislation that had very specific criteria and I frequently went home feeling frustrated by my inability to find 'the answer'. I eventually realized that it is unlikely that 'the answer' would be found in a single document. Legal research is a time consuming process and well-crafted legal arguments are usually constructed from a variety of resources. The answer is a myth. Legal research rarely works that way."I helped teach an intro to legal research class last year at a local university and for me, that was the often the hardest lesson to get many of the first year students to understand (and accept).
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