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Legal Studies: Getting Started

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Michael Perry
Subjects: Legal Studies

• How do I start finding books and articles related to my topic?

How can I quickly get up to speed in a particular area of law?


Nutshells are comprehensive guides to the law in specific areas. Written by recognized legal scholars, these books offer a summary of the law and provide references to relevant cases and statutes. These are a great place to get started in legal research.

The library holds many of the nutshell books (published by West), with some at Main Library and many more at the Pritzker Legal Research Center.

You can find these using NUsearch by doing a guided search for the keyword "nutshell" in the title field and "west" in the anywhere field.

Here are just a few examples: