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General Legal Research: Secondary Sources

Information on basic primary and secondary legal sources.

Guide Contents

Getting Started

There are many types of secondary sources that are useful for legal research questions.  This page will introduce you to only some of the many secondary sources that may be relevant to your research inquiries. 

This guide focuses on Legal Encyclopedias, Treatises and Other Texts, and Articles.  If you have a question about another secondary source, please ask a reference librarian.

One thing to keep in mind about secondary sources is that, for the most part, they are persuasive authority only