Daryl Thompson

Reference Librarian, Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 106B
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6957
thomps43@law.msu.edu

  • Biography

    Daryl Thompson is a law librarian at MSU’s College of Law, where he currently teaches Advanced Legal Research and the research portion of Research, Writing, & Analysis. He is a licensed attorney with the state of Michigan and practiced elder law prior to becoming a librarian. He also has a background in theatre and homeless advocacy.

    Daryl’s librarianship focuses on research and instruction. Outside of his own courses, he provides guest training in both law school and wider university courses. He has created several research guides for the law library. He is particularly interested in helping people understand how to access legal information.

    He received his M.L.I.S. from San José State University, his J.D. magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law, and his M.F.A in Theatre from Michigan State University.

  • Courses

    Advanced Legal Research
    (Formerly DCL 509) The course will focus on the process and goals of legal research. Special emphasis will be placed on Internet research, but instruction will be based on function rather than format. Students will learn how to find information through the Web, on Lexis and Westlaw, and in paper. By contrasting form, speed, cost and accuracy, students will learn how to integrate these sources for the most comprehensive and economical research product. Equal emphasis will be placed on conceptual structure and practical application.