This guide serves as an accompanying resource for students in Kenyon's program in law and society and will introduce concepts of basic legal research.
It provides descriptions and links to particular commercial resources provided by the library and available to the Kenyon community as well as useful socio-legal resources that are freely available on the web.
In addition to the concentration in law and society, Kenyon offers the competitive John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-legal Studies which provides students with the opportunity to work in close collaboration with faculty members as full participants in the design and execution of a socio-legal studies research project.
This guide may also help aspiring students to find resources with which they may begin to identify such projects for consideration.
For students unfamiliar with legal research methodology and for those who need to refesh their knowledge of our system of government, Legal Research in a Nutshell, located in the reference collection in Library B, may serve as a suitable launching point.
There also exist a number of online legal research guides of various degrees of quality and depth. The following links may be particularly useful for the introductory legal researcher.