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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.

Purpose and Scope

This guide will help explain:

  • Why you should generally start your legal research with secondary resources 
  • Which of the secondary sources to use for your specific research task 
  • How to use secondary sources effectively

Quick Overview of the Types of Secondary Sources

Other Helpful Research Guides on Secondary Sources

Below are just a couple of other websites that feature helpful tips and background information on secondary sources. Consult them if you are looking for more information or clarification on anything discussed in this guide.

Developing a Research Strategy

Before diving into a research project, it's essential to have a strategy for how you will conduct your research. 

At the Law Library, we've developed a research worksheet that you can use to help organize the information you've been given and develop a plan for your research. Feel free to make copies and use it as you're given research assignments.

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