Monday, October 10, 2011
A question this morning from a student law clerk inspired this post. Law clerks (and recent law graduates) will be asked to do factual research (such as finding information about expert witnesses) in addition to true legal research. While we teach this a little bit in legal research (and more in an advanced legal research course), it becomes “real” to the student when they are faced with this type of assignment in a setting where they cannot use their “free” Westlaw and LexisNexis access. This is a great opportunity for them to discover not only what is available for a fee on Westlaw and LexisNexis, but what is available through free resources.
Here are some guides and links to resources for researching an expert witness:
Zimmerman’s Research Guide – Expert Witnesses
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law – Library research guide (includes good descriptions of available fee and free resources to use for expert research)
Research Tip - a Google search for “expert witness research guide” may lead you to similar resources (maybe your library has one online).
Justia’s guide to Expert Witness Research and Search
Finding and Researching Experts and Their Testimony (white paper from 2009 – contains great information about the types of information to look for where to find it)