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Standout Summer Research Resources

A Guide to Prepare for Summer Associateships and Beyond


This guide is designed to give you an overview of different areas of research for your summer associateship or employment. The materials were created in conjunction with the Standout Summer Research session presented by the librarians in April 2019.

The handouts from the Spring 2019 presentations are available for download (pdf).

If there are topics with which you need help but aren't covered here or in any of our other research guides, please feel free to email or call for help

Advice for Summer Associates

Advice from law firm librarians

Don't be afraid to ask for help.  Firm librarians can help direct you to the best resources and develop a research strategy. 

Be mindful of the cost of online expenses. Unlike the unlimited access to research databases that you are familiar with at Northwestern, there are costs associated with using these resources at firms. Firms may have flat rate contracts with Lexis or Westlaw, but they will still track research charges in order to bill them back to the client. 

But that doesn't mean you should waste precious time trying to find an answer on Google.  Your time is valuable.  Firms pay for the databases, so there is an expectation that you will use them.  Just make sure you use them wisely.   When in doubt, ask for help.

Additionally, consider this advice collected from our colleagues in firm and court libraries.