Briefs
Citation
Exam Prep Resources
Grammar
Plagiarism
Research
Tutorials
Writing

Briefs

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Citation

  • Interactive Citation Workbook (ICW) This Lexis Nexis Workstation and The Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Bluebook Workbook) will help you learn the citation rules you will use most frequently when you clerk for a law firm or a court and, later, practice law. You will also become comfortable with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation as a reference guide for finding citation rules.

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Exam Prep Resources

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Grammar

  • Bluebook Guide to Grammar and Punctuation This is a well-organized site that enables you to quickly find concise information about common grammar problems. It also has quizzes that enable you to test your knowledge.
  • Big Dog’s Grammar A “bare bones” guide to grammar. Yes, a grammar website with humor and attitude! The site is well-organized and provides clear, straightforward explanations of grammar rules.
  • Grammar Slammar This site provides online answers to grammar questions. It also has a good section on common word usage errors.
  • Grammar Now This site contains an annoying amount of advertising. However, scroll toward the bottom of the page for a list of links to other grammar sites that you might find useful.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation.

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Plagiarism

  • The University of Denver College of Law Code of Academic Conduct (see the Student Handbook ).

Research

  • Legal Research Corner An interactive Q&A and article archive from the Colorado Association of Law Libraries.

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Tutorials

  • Basic Legal Research Tutorial Using legal materials can be daunting if you are unfamiliar with them. These tutorials are designed to assist the user in finding basic legal materials in the Westminster Law Library.
  • LexisNexis LexisNexis has designed these tutorials for you to expand your legal skills on a number of topics. Tutorials are designed with basic and advanced users in mind. Included are Finding Cases, Basic Research Skills, Advanced Cite Checking with Shepard’s, and legal research online exercises.
  • Westlaw This tour of Westlaw products and services includes such topics as Using Westlaw, Research Exercises, TWEN tours, and a KeyCite tour.
  • CALI The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) publishes over 270 computer-based tutorials in over 28 different legal subject areas. The lessons use a variety of formats and methods for teaching doctrine, analysis, and critical thinking skills. Authorization code for student access to this resource is available to COL students HERE or from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Writing

  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. This online version of the classic book contains answers to any and all questions about writing.
  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab Run by the English Department, this site contains interactive writing exercises, resources for ESL students, and links to other online writings resources.
  • The Writing Center at UNC This website includes handouts that cover commas, transitions, logic fallacies, passive voice, and proofreading.
  • Plain English and the Law This was created by the Plain Language Association International for lawyers and includes many links to articles that promote using plain english within the legal profession.
  • Legal Writing in Plain English Exercises Bryan Garner created this site to help lawyers improve all aspects of their writing from organization to dealing with counterarguments. It includes numerous helpful exercises.

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