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Secondary Sources

This guide will help explain why you should generally start your legal research with secondary resources, which to use for your research task, and how to use them effectively.

What are Looseleaf Services

  • Looseleafs take their name from the fact that they are updated by inserting and removing loose pages as the law changes, rather than by repringint a full book.
  • They can be thought of as a one-stop research source for a particular subject area because they include both primary materials and secondary materials.
  • Some looseleaf services are updated as often as every week.
  • They can be quite pricey because of their comprehensive nature and their regulat updates.

When to use Looseleafs?

  • They are most often used by practitioners because of their unique hybrid approach of blending both primary and secondary sources together, giving a comprehensive treatment of the subject.
  • Looseleafs are leaned on by practitioners as a one stop shop for relevant case law and analysis on subjects within their field of specialty.
  • They also provide alerts to their users when case law has changed, so they become even more attractive to the practitioner who may be worried about the potential for case law landscape to change.

Examples of Looseleafs

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