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Finding a Paper Topic

This guide was created for use by LLM and JD students interested in writing a paper and who are looking for information on how to get started on such a project.

How to Use this Guide

This guide is designed for students who would like to write a long(er) research paper and are looking for ideas on how to get started and find a topic. This guide is not meant to include all subject areas of the law, but provides some good general starting points for a large number of topics.

If you want to know what's hot in the legal world today, check out some of the blogs.  Academic journals may take longer to be published, but you will want to check out such literature before embarking on writing your own paper to be sure that what you write adds something "new" to the field of law.

In addition, current awareness sources can provide you with ideas, as well as keep you up to date once you've picked your topic and are involved in the research and writing of your paper.

Also, keep in mind that many databases which are highlighted in this guide include options that allow you to set up alerts or what is known as "RSS feeds" which can alert you to new results that fit your search terms, as they are added to the database.