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You'll then begin your research. Since learning how to conduct research is such an important skill to develop, we’ve developed an Information Literacy Tutorial to help you build those skills. This is a major opportunity to earn extra credit in the class—up to 15 points! There are two components to this extra credit project: completion of an online tutorial and a post-test of research skills that you’ll find in Blackboard. You’ll earn extra credit points based on your post-test grade, but must complete the post-test by October 22nd and score at least 10 out of the 15 points to earn any points. You’ll find much more information on this extra credit project in the Information Literacy Extra Credit Project folder (in this Assignments folder in Weekly Assignments). You’ll also find more information on research techniques in the Legal Research Project folder (in the Assignments folder in Weekly Assignments), as well as information about how to access Chabot’s library online.
The obvious place to begin your research is your textbook, but you’ll need to go far beyond the material contained in your textbook. Your sources must include:
Two additional sources that discuss the legal principles of your topic in depth (another textbook, for example—there are several on reserve at the Chabot Library, a legal dictionary, a law journal, or a book on your topic).
recent (within the past 2 years) source from a magazine that discusses the implications of your topic for businesses. That source can be a business magazine or a legal journal (the online editions of printed magazines are acceptable sources; purely online sources are NOT).
One relevant case--a published appellate court opinion--in the past 10 years that really clarifies the important factors that courts consider when deciding these cases. If you can’t find a relevant case within the last 10 years, please let me know.
Note that you cannot use "Internet-only" sources unless they are .gov or .edu websites or findlaw.com. It's fine to use the online version of a published magazine, but I want to ensure that your sources are credible and unbiased; very often, websites are advocating for a position or trying to get customers, and present very biased or very poorly researched information.
Once you’ve completed your research, prepare 2-3 paragraph summaries of each of your sources for your paper along with a link to that source. The summaries should identify key learning from that source and enough information so that your classmates that have chosen the same topic can find the actual source. Your source summaries must be submitted by October 29th and posted on your week 8 Legal Research Topic discussion board in Blackboard. Post each source as a separate discussion thread with the name of the article or book in the subject line. You can earn up to 40 points for your source summaries (10 points for each summary).
In Week 9, you should review and comment on at least five of the sources posted by your classmates by November 2nd. Read these carefully so you can choose the best sources for your final paper. You must have at least six sources, but more is clearly better. You then need to post your final source list to the discussion forum by November 5th. You can earn up to 15 points for your participation in this discussion. I'll give you feedback if I have any concerns about your sources. You can change your sources for the final paper, but at least this gets you started.
Finally, compose a 7 or more page, typed, double-spaced paper based on your outline. Also include your sources list (this isn’t one of the 7 pages). Be sure to closely follow the writing and academic integrity guidelines issued earlier in the semester; don’t copy from your sources! You’ll need to submit your paper through Blackboard, and it will be scanned by plagiarism detection software. If you have chosen to work in a team, just submit one paper for your team with all team member names on the front page. Your grade will be based on the quality and depth of your research, the clarity of your explanation of the law, the relevance of your case, the usefulness and specificity of your advice, and the quality of your writing. A checklist for your final paper is attached, and you’ll find the grading rubric for the paper in the Legal Research Project assignment folder.
You'll then begin your research. Since learning how to conduct research is such an important skill to develop, we’ve developed an Information Literacy Tutorial to help you build those skills.