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Legal Research

Use this guide to locate information about laws, statutes, regulations cases, legal opinions and how to conduct legal research.

Legal Writing Websites

Paralegal Legal Writing: Using the IRAC Method

Created by the American Institute for Paralegal Studies

Paraphrases and Quotes

Not sure what the difference is between paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting? 

Paraphrasing: "Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly."  from Purdue Owl

Summarizing: A summary is "much shorter that the original source. If your aim is to summarize a long passage, look for the author's most important ideas." from The Curious Writer

Quoting: A quote contains the exact words from a source.  Don't forget to use quotation marks and cite the source.

If you need further help, try these websites:

Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism

This short guide will explain plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Academic Integrity

To learn about McLennan Community College’s expectations regarding academic integrity and the consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, please review Academic Integrity: A Student’s Responsibilities.

The Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence can help you with class essays, research papers, academic writing, letter writing, and resumes.  They also offer computer software tutorials and Word processing help.  When visiting the Center for Academic Excellence, be sure to have your assignment and your student ID.

Location:  Student Services Center, 1st Floor

Phone Number: 299-8500