Step 1. Analyse the problem – identify the legal issues
Step 2. Plan your research strategy – what are your key sources and key concepts you need to use?
Step 3. Use secondary sources to get an overview of the legal issues: this works well for legal topics that are unfamiliar to you.
Step 4. Follow leads to primary sources – these are your key authorities
Step 5. Check for currency – are your authorities still ‘good law’?
Step 6. Broaden your search for more information as necessary, from journals, core texts etc.
Step 7. Document your research process as you go.