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Law and Legal

Starting Your Research

This guide provides sources and strategies for finding law and legal resources. If you have questions, please contact the librarian for assistance.

A good place to start legal research is with secondary sources.

Secondary sources analyze, explain, and critique the law. They are not law, but they provide information about the law. Legal periodicals, such as law reviews and law journals, are secondary sources that are accessible through the library databases. Often secondary sources will lead you to primary sources.

Primary sources include statutes, court decisions, and regulations. Primary sources are law.

Databases - Legal Periodicals

Law reviews or law journal articles are secondary sources for legal research. They are scholarly publications that contain articles focused on a particular topic or legal issue. These articles are a great way to find a case on a specific topic. In Bailey Library's collection, law reviews and journal articles are accessible in the following databases:

Databases - General Newspapers

Newspaper articles can be a good general source for finding background information or developments with significant court cases and legislation. 


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