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Legal Research

North Carolina Legal Research: Secondary Resources

This lesson is designed to give a basic overview of secondary sources used in North Carolina legal research. Secondary resources are commentary on the law written by legal professionals or legal publishers. They are useful for finding background information and citations to primary resources, but it is important to remember that secondary resources are not the law.

For more information on primary sources used in North Carolina legal research, please review the CALI lesson North Carolina Primary Resources.

North Dakota Legal Research: Primary and Secondary Resources

This lesson will familiarize you with primary and secondary sources available in North Dakota. It covers North Dakota primary law including the North Dakota Constitution, statutes, legislative history, municipal codes, administrative law and court decisions. The secondary sources section of the lesson provides a general overview of secondary sources and how you can use them in your research as well as coverage of North Dakota specific secondary sources.

Oklahoma Legal Research: Secondary Resources

This lesson will introduce you to important secondary sources for Oklahoma legal research and help you develop strategies for using secondary sources to research Oklahoma legal questions. This lesson is intended to supplement the CALI Lesson on Oklahoma primary sources. In addition to the important Oklahoma secondary sources covered in this lesson, researchers should also be aware of secondary resources that are not Oklahoma specific. For information on secondary resources generally, see the CALI Lesson "Introduction to Secondary Resources."

Periodicals and Periodical Indexes

In conducting legal research it is frequently better to begin with secondary sources that explain and interpret the law rather than attempting to start with primary legal authority. Legal periodicals are excellent secondary source starting points. This lesson focuses on strategies and resources to find legal periodicals and relevant articles in support of legal research projects.

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