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This guide will provide a general list of resources available to students who are writing their AWR in the area of therapeutic jurisprudence.
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About This Guide

This research guide was compiled to provide a starting point for students writing their Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) in the area of comprehensive law.

AWR Liaison Librarian Program

AWR liaison librarians are available to meet with students one-on-one to help them develop a research plan and find sources specific to their AWR topics. AWR liaison librarians do not review rough drafts or provide substantive assistance, but are available to assist students with the research process.

For more general AWR research information, consult the AWR & Seminar Papers Research Guide.


    Getting Started

    One of the hardest parts of doing research is getting started. Narrowing, expanding, or refining the topic can sometimes be a challenge. To help, use the 5 W's:

    • Who?
    • What?
    • When?
    • Where?
    • Why?

    For example, domestic violence courts, is too broad. To narrow it, consider:

    • Who?
      • Offenders
      • Victims
    • What?
      • Sentencing
      • Types of programs
      • Cost/benefit analysis
      • Statutory survey
    • When?
      • Historical
      • Current
      • Future
    • Where?
      • States (specific or all?)
      • Reservations
    • Why?
      • Improve victim safety
      • Decrease offender recidivism

    To further narrow or expand, consider thinking in terms of Boolean operators (and, or, not). For example:

    • Why?
      • Decrease offender recidivism
        • "domestic violence courts" and victim and recidivism--retrieves articles that contain the phrase "domestic violence courts" and both words: victim and recidivism; broadens the search
        • ("domestic violence courts" and victim) or "(domestic violence courts" and recidivism)--retrieves articles with the phrase "domestic violence courts" and the word victim OR articles with the phrase "domestic violence courts" and the word  recidivism; broadens the search more than using the "and" operator
        • "domestic violence courts" and victim not recidivism--retrieves articles that include the phrase "domestic violence courts" and the word "victim" but not articles that contain the word "recidivism"; narrows the search

    Use findings to hone in on a particular topic. For example:

       The use of domestic violence courts has improved safety of the victim as well as the children.




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