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Finding a Paper Topic: Get Started

Tips and tools for finding and developing paper topics; includes resources for preemption check and keeping current on your topic.

Use Librarians

UCI law librarians can help brainstorm concepts, organize ideas, and identify resources.  

Stop by the Reference Desk or email refdesk@law.uci.edu during reference hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..

Use Experts

Experts are a great source of information.  The world is full of academics, policy experts, lawyers, and other advocates.  Experts are passionate about their work, and are often eager to talk with students.  Sending an email is often a great way to make an introduction.  Consult with a librarian if you are trying to identify experts, or locate contact information.

Use Books on Scholarly Writing in the Law