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Basic legal research starting places

Helpful programs

Citation Manager: Zotero

Zotero is a free and open-source citation management tool developed specifically for academic researchers. It outputs citations in the McGill Guide style and is an excellent tool for assembling research materials, especially web-based documents.

  • Export the data into your Word footnotes or endnotes
  • Automatically format the data according to the McGill Guide
  • Training available upon request. Contact a librarian at
  • See our Zotero Lib guide for installation and use instructions

Making notes: Evernote

Evernote is a cross platform note taking software.

  • Applications for iPad, all browsers, and all desktops
  • Synchronizing between platforms
  • Easy text formatting
Printed text to online text: Evernote
  • Apps for iPhone, Android, etc.
  • Behind-the-scenes OCR makes documents searchable
  • No cut-and-paste function from OCRed images.


 More workflow ideas:

Stay current


  • An online archive of university and not-for-profit research. Users can sign up for an account that will allow them to tag and store a personal library. They can also subscribe to issue-specific feeds to see what's being posted in their area of interest.

Subscription updating services available at the Law Library: 

  • Current legal periodicals 
  • Legal Scholarship Network 
  • Recent SCC cases 
  • Current law journal content (Washington & Lee Law School)
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