This article presents useful clues for British law librarians and legal researchers conducting research on American laws and legal systems. It focuses on general guidelines and key sticking points the author found when transitioning between legal research in the American and British jurisdictions.
Key skills introduced include the ability to:
- differentiate between federal and state legal jurisdictions in the U.S.,
- recognize key differences in American legal terminology and construct searches using American terms,
- analyze and select key American legal resources for different types of research questions,
- and identify American standards of legal citation.
Original Publication Information
Erin Gow, Identifying Red Herrings in American Legal Research, 21 Legal Information Management 202–206 (2021).
Gow, Erin, "Identifying red herrings in American legal research" (2022). Faculty Scholarship. 753.