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Lawyering Toolkit: Top Notch Skills Pack

Working towards a national framework for law literacy

Top Notch Skills Pack


                Top Notch Skills Pack

green box   All the skills you need to be ahead

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Research Tools

Learning Inspiration


“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Books on research skills

Approaching your Research Topic

Legal Research Hot Topics

Blogs and websites are great sources of what is trending

The Blog

Irish Legal News

Advanced Searching 

Approaching systematic reviews

Source: With kind Permission of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, School of Public Health, Brown University. Under a grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Legal Sources

  • How to find unreported Judgments
  • Grey legal literature
  • Legal Report Bodies (LRC etc)

Pattie - 3 slide presentation



Citing Sources

US materials

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Advanced Databases

Top Notch Quick Tip

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Always check you have the most up to date evidence. Use quality assured sources and case law to support your research.

Advanced Database Tutorials

Data Archiving Tools

Data Archiving Software Options

Use this site to look at top data archiving software, data archiving software awardees and compare software options.

International Resources

Learning Check

Learning Check - Quiz


Take the Top Notch Quiz 


Check your learning



Let us know if there was something else you needed in the Top Notch pack


Your Data Toolbox


Numeracy skills -  NVivo helps you discover more from your qualitative and mixed methods data


Guides, training videos and tips to efficiently use excel.


This guide has been created by Susan Boyle, Virginia Conrick, Ann O'Sullivan and Pattie Punch as a collaborative initiative through the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Irish Group.