Compiled by Emily Moog, Research Librarian, Karen Oesterle, Head of Reference

As you prepare for your 2019 summer associates, law clerks, and legal interns, NYLI knows you are busy planning how to teach them effective legal research skills.  The reference librarians at NYLI are here to support your efforts and suggest a few tools to assist with your efforts:






  • Three recent articles from The New York Law Journal: (NYLJ or Lexis Subscription)
    • “An Update on Lawyers’ Duty of Technological Competence: Part 1” (3/1/2019)
    • “An Update on Lawyers’ Duty of Technological Competence: Part 2” (5/6/2019)
    • “The Ambivalent Nature of Today’s Legal Tech Education” (5/7/19)



  • & Let’s not forget the rules!  AALL’s Outline of Core Research Competency Guidelines
    • The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has developed a set of principles and standards for legal research competency, drawn from information professionals’ deep involvement in legal research within academe, law firms, the courts, government agencies, and other related settings, as well as the literature of the legal profession indicating that research competency directly impacts professional efficiency and effectiveness.
    • The principles advanced by the American Association of Law Libraries are:I
  • A successful legal researcher possesses foundational knowledge of the legal system and legal information sources.
  • A successful legal researcher gathers information through effective and efficient research strategies.
  • A successful legal researcher critically evaluates information.
  • A successful legal researcher applies information effectively to resolve a specific issue or need.
  • A successful legal researcher distinguishes between ethical and unethical uses of information, and understands the legal issues associated with the discovery, use, or application of information.



  • The 25th National Legal Research Teach-In Instructional Resources Kit Provided in conjunction with National Library Week, April 9-16, 2017. Compiled and Edited by the RIPS Teach-In Kit Committee.  This collection of thoughtful, detailed research tools includes presentations, course materials, handouts, and guides.  Includes coverage of International, Legislative, Secondary Source, and Tax legal research.