Do you need help identifying a topic for your note?

Posted By on September 9, 2011

One option is to search for topic ideas in books and journals and subject matter services. However, make sure that your topic is not preempted and current.

Have you ever considered establishing an RSS-feed on your favorite website, news or blog site? There is a snippet on YouTube that explains in plain English what an RSS-Feed is.  This is a great tool and brings the news right to your computer instead of you having to visit various web sites.

The  University School of Law in Pittsburgh offers a web portal that facilitates current news awareness via a topical search.

Another great website you may consider is  Split Circuits.   This blog is dedicated to tracking developments concerning splits among the federal circuit court.

There are two books that offer a more extended discussion on finding a topic:

Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers,  Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers, 4th ed.  [Law Reserve KF250 .F35 2011], and

Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, 2nd ed.   [Law Reserve KF250 .V65 2005].

Third party web sites are provided solely as a convenience to you and do not imply an endorsement of their content.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning


About The Author

Tove Klovning oversees foreign, comparative, and international law services at the law library and teaches Legal Research Methodologies I & II. She often guest lecturers on legal research methodology strategies in seminar classes and assists researchers with legal research questions relating to foreign law, comparative law, and international law, as well as questions related to the American legal system. She has written several research guides on American, international, and foreign legal issues.


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