I’m in the middle of creating lesson plans for three introductory legal research classes to be taught to first year students by librarians next month. That’s one reason why there has been a lack of posts in the last couple of weeks, among others. The task is, how can I put it, time consuming. That’s another story.
I thought I’d take a moment this afternoon and wander through Google Scholar to see what literature it contains on the process of legal research. I did the obvious and searched the phrase “legal research.” At about two or three pages into the search I noticed an entry for Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Legal Research Guide: Home by Vicky Gannon at Pace University. The citation came up because the title contains the words “legal research.” I have to admit that I had not expected a libguide to be one of the results in Google Scholar as I had not seen any prior to today. I use Scholar a lot. I mean, a lot.
I decided that I would try and search the word “libguide” all by itself and sure enough there were citations linking to any number of guides mixed in with the scholarly articles about the use of libguides. Many of them were listed as [citation] which linked to an entry in either Bepress or a university commons page that in turn linked to the actual guide. I found this all quite interesting. Scholar apparently can be another vehicle for researchers to get to the intellectual output of a law library staff. My suggestion is for all of you out there to give it a try. Create some sample searches and see what happens. I know I will. This may be another strategy I can use in teaching or advising at the reference desk.