- DO find proper LEGAL SUPPORT for your paper. Legal support can come from:
You may use news articles to support FACTUAL ASSERTIONS but not for legal support. DON'T use news articles for legal support.
- DO conduct an interview, if desired, to obtain support for your paper. The Bluebook has a citation format for interviews.
- DO cite to reliable sources such as law review articles, primary sources of law, legal treatises, etc. DON'T cite to Wikipedia or other web sources of questionable reliability.
- DO start by searching law review and journal articles. Use Google Scholar, Lexis or Westlaw and SSRN.
- DO consult legal treatises (books), especially for background information on the law.
- DO consult scholarly articles from other disciplines, such as information technology.
- DO search legislative history documents, especially if your paper revolves around a statute or sentencing guidelines. Even if it does not, you can often find hearings containing expert testimony on many issues.