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Legal research and writing

This guide provides an introduction to legal research and writing for law students.

About secondary sources

Secondary legal sources provide commentary on the law but do not form the law. This means secondary sources can be persuasive but are not an authority – i.e., courts are not bound by them, even though the authors often are knowledgeable and highly regarded.

Secondary materials put the law into context, offer interpretation and can explain how legislation and case law interact to form the law. They also help direct researchers to relevant legal sources. 


Library Search

Use the Library Search to find books, ebooks, journal articles, government documents, multimedia resources, and more.  Because its scope is very large, you will want to narrow searches by many facets, such as subject, format, date range, and so forth.

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What is Library Search?     Watch the video.

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