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Basics of Legal Research: Home

Introduction to the basics and fundamentals of legal research, including information on understanding citations, and the difference between primary and secondary sources.


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Legal research can seem daunting at first. But, like most things, it can be learned with study and practice. 

Knowing where to look is the first step. This guide is not designed to answer legal issues or be legal counsel; it is meant to be a general road map to the arrangement and publication of legal resources and information. It will help you find the legal information you need.

Another guide to researching a legal problem you may be interested provided by the American Association of Law Libraries is How to Research a Legal Problem, also available for free online.  

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