chapter  4
A Motivational Perspective on First-year Legal Research Instruction
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For nearly a century, librarians have taken the lead in legal research education, and, generation after generation, most have remained faithful to a core instructional approach known as the bibliographic method.1 It survives in law schools across the country, even as the books that have traditionally defined it fall into disuse and the integrated first-year legal research and writing course becomes the norm.2 But as the information environment grows increasingly complex, everyone who teaches legal research must question whether a pedagogy born in the print era can engage today’s “born digital” law students and prepare them for future practice.3