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Research Strategy & Documentation

Overview

Before you begin researching a project, it is always good to have a strategy.  Creating a research plan or following a research strategy is the best way to avoid flailing around and wasting your valuable time.  This guide will discuss a basic research plan for researching a legal problem from start to finish.

Research Cycle

Research Cycle

This chart illustrates the research cycle. Your first step in the research cycle is to plan your research. Your second step is to identify issues and resources. Your third step is to locate those resources. Your fourth step is to evaluate those resources. Your fifth step is to sort and sift through those resources. Finally, document your research and then start the cycle again.

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