I’ve been a law librarian for several years now, and at more than one law school. One recurring question I have from students is how to select a good topic for their upper level writing assignment. These writing assignments are stressful, and students often become even more stressed trying to decide what to write about. To begin with, I want to let you know that you can always contact one of the Reference Librarians to discuss finding a research topic. Additionally, though, this post highlights several databases you can use to help you find hot topics, controversial topics, and emerging topics in law. Using these databases, you are sure to find a great topic to write about, which will go a long way toward relieving stress and making the writing process more enjoyable. Good luck on your paper, good writing, and great researching!
And always, see you in library!
US news Law Week BNA -Check out the Circuit Splits link on the left side of the page under Key Features.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context -On the homepage, go to the Law and Politics box and click ‘View All’ to see over a hundred legal topics.
National Law Journal (LexisNexis) -(Available on LexisNexis) Search for practitioner opinions, Supreme Court coverage, federal and state litigation, and legislative issues.
Westlaw News Updates -From the WestlawNext main-search-page, select the ‘News’ link in the middle of the page.