First Steps in Locating Secondary Sources? Use Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources: Finding Aids and Legal Scholarship
Library Catalogs as Finding Aids
Using the online catalog of an academic law libraryQuestion 1(a)– Access Pegasus, the online catalog of the Columbia Law School Library at http://pegasus.law.columbia.edu/. Locate a print copy of Diana V. Pratt’s Legal writing: a systematic approach.

What kind of search did you perform? (author, keyword, or title) _

What is its call number and location? _

Is it currently checked out? (Hint: Look under “Status.”)

Question 1(b) – Access Pegasus to locate the catalog record for a book that is relevant to your research interests. (Hint: Use a subject or keyword search.)

What kind of search did you perform? (subject or keyword) _

What is its call number and location? _

Is it currently checked out? (Hint: Look under “Status.”)

 

Using the online catalog of an academic library 

Question 2(a) -**Using CLIO, the online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, available at http://cliobeta.columbia.edu/, find Introduction to United States law & legal research.
In how many formats is it available? _
Question 2(b) – Using CLIO find “Hadley v. Baxendale: A Study in the Industrialization of the Law.”
Is the full text of this law journal article available to you? 
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N.B. As you can see CLIO incorporates a more sophisticated search engine than Pegasus. In fact with one search you can cover both monographs and journal articles, as well as web resources. While not perfect, this is a great step in support of academic research.