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Law - Beginning Your Research

How to do legal research.


Key secondary sources that will assist in conducting effective legal research include:

  • legal encyclopedias
  • textbooks
  • law journal articles
  • case digests
  • legal dictionaries
  • non-legal dictionaries
  • words & phrases sets

Start your research by locating relevant commentary in a legal encyclopedia or a textbook to:

  • provide an overview of the topic
  • help clarify and define the legal issues
  • refer to potentially useful case and statute citations
  • identify legal concepts might not have considered

This guide is selective. Consult a librarian for assistance.