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Legal Research and Writing

Online Writing Sources

The answer to your questions on grammar, punctuation, style, and citation may be just a click away. Purdue University OWL Offers interactive grammar exercises with answers, on topics as specific as the proper use of apostrophes. Also offers exercises for ESL (English as a second language) students. Barger on Legal Writing The links on this site provide handy reference materials for the legal writer, whether you need help with citations, standard types of documents, grammar, style, composition, or inspiration. The Writing Center at UNC This site is written for university students in general. It contains helpful handouts on fragments and run-on sentences, proofreading, commas, passive voice, and more. ALWD Manual Site Links under "Teaching Resources" provide an introduction to legal citation and compare the ALWD Manual to the Bluebook. ABA Article on ALWD Citation Law Student's Guide to Good Writing Covers everything from gender-neutral language to how to abbreviate the United States Supreme Court in legal writing. Includes tutorials and exercises. Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Good source for word choice questions (e.g., lay v. lie, who v. that). Online quizzes with answers to some of the finer points of grammar. Plain Language and the Law Links to articles promoting the use of Plain English in the legal profession. Scroll down and click on the "Plain English Columns from the Michigan Law Journal." Legal Writing in Plain English Exercises Legal writing expert Bryan Garner has written numerous books on effective legal writing. This site contains fifty exercises to help lawyers improve all aspects of their writing from organization to dealing with counterarguments.