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WVU College of Law


WVU College of Law


This paper reviews the current status of the concept of the legal research plan. It summarizes the basic elements of the legal research plan, reviews the current literature and recommends a design of a plan for use in first year legal research programs and by novice researchers. Also, it considers the use of the research log in the research process.

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Legal Reference Services Quarterly


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Legal Reference Services Quarterly on 10/12/2016, available online:



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