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Legal Research Training at Middle Temple Library

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 October 2017


This article, written by Adam Woellhaf, describes the legal research training offered by Middle Temple Library to Inns of Court members. It examines the challenges of designing and delivering legal research training to practitioners, as well as offering guidance and advice to others in their own legal research training efforts. It also looks at the potential for using mobile technology in legal research instruction.

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1 More information about the Pupils’ Course can be found here: <> accessed 29 June 2017

2 Dennis Sears has written in detail about the challenges of teaching how to use print sources of legal research, and striking a balance between print and online sources: The Pedagogical Value of an Integrated Approach to Legal Research Instruction’ (2014) 33 Legal References Services Quarterly 38 CrossRefGoogle Scholar

3 Middle Temple Library's first forays into using tablet technology has been described by Satterley, Renae, ‘Tablets in the library: tribally eBooks and iPads at Middle Temple Library’ (2014) 14(2) LIM 145 CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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10 Other interactive technologies have been described by Holderied, Anthony C., such as clickers, interactive white boards, wireless slates and document cameras: ‘Instructional design for the active: Employing interactive technologies and active learning exercises to enhance information literacy’ (2011) 5(1) Journal of Information Literacy 2332 CrossRefGoogle Scholar <> accessed 10 May 2017

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