This lesson will provide an overview of secondary resources used in legal research. Secondary resources are books and other material ABOUT legal subjects and issues: they discuss and explain primary resources such as cases and statutes and can be useful in assisting our understanding about specific areas of law. The student will learn about the different types of secondary resources and what secondary resources are most useful for specific types of legal research tasks.
On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize when to use secondary resources when conducting legal research.
2. Describe the major types of secondary resources and choose which are best suited for different types of research tasks.
3. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of print versus online secondary resources.