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Preemption checking requires searching beyond the world of Westlaw and Lexis because neither has exhaustive coverage - some full-text coverage goes back to only the 1990s. Look at the resources for preemption checking--it includes other databases you should consult before spending time researching and writing your case note or comment.
If you find a paper on your topic that appears to preempt you, it may just be a matter of revising your thesis to avoid preemption.
Academic Legal Writing by
Call Number: KF250.V65 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-19
Finding what to write about (the claim); Test suites: making prescriptive claims more sound; Writing strategy; Writing the introduction; Writing the "background" section; Writing the proof of the claim; The conclusion and after the conclusion; Finishing the first draft, and the zeroth draft; Tips on researching; Editing: general principles; Editing: getting help from your faculty advisor; Writing: logical problems to watch for; Writing: paragraph-level problems to watch for; Writing: sentence/clause problems to watch for; Writing: word/phrase problems to watch for; Writing: rhetorical problems to watch for; Editing exercises; Using evidence correctly; Writing and researching: timeline and summary; A sample highly successful student article; Turning practical work into articles; Writing seminar term papers; Cite-checking others' articles; Publishing and publicizing; Entering writing competitions; Getting on law review; Academic ethics; Conclusion
Scholarly Writing (3d ed.) by
Call Number: KF250 .C528 2019
Publication Date: 2019-01-01
Introduction to scholarly writing; Thinking: finding your topic and developing your thesis; Preparing: developing horizontal and vertical knowledge; Executing: writing the draft; Refining: evaluating and revising your draft; Refining: taking and incorporating feedback; Finishing: polishing the final product; Finishing: publishing your paper
Scholarly Writing for Law Students by
Call Number: KF250.F35 2017
Publication Date: 2017-03-24
Introduction: scholarly writing in law school; Exploration: choosing and narrowing a topic; Inspiration: finding and developing a thesis; The mostly research stage; The writing process: getting it down on paper; The writing process: revising and polishing; Footnotes and the ethical use of borrowed materials; Writing with care; Writing with style; The law review process: evaluating and editing the work of others; Getting mileage: winning awards, publishing your work, and joining the conversation; Appendix A. Sample casenote/competition paper; Appendix B. Answers to exercises; Appendix C. Scholarly writing workshops and courses; Appendix D. Seminar paper rubric
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