Can't Find Anything?
- Make sure you understand the problem. Did you note all the factual information you need and do you understand the assignment correctly?
- Rethink your search terms. Have you expanded the breadth and depth of your search terms? Think of other ways to approach the problem and the applicable legal theories.
- Go back to secondary sources. The material on the topic might be scattered through many digest topics or statutory sections so that it is difficult to locate without secondary sources that compile the relevant information. Are you looking for the wrong type of authority? Is it a case of first impression?
What To Do If You Find an Overwhelming Amount of Material
- Make sure you understand the problem.
- Rethink search terms to narrow your approach. If you did word search, try subject search to focus on relevant authority.
- Consult secondary sources. They will identify key authorities and limit the scope of the information.
- If you've located only secondary authority or primary persuasive authority, you might want to refocus on primary mandatory authority from the controlling jurisdiction.
- Narrow the legal theories you are considering.