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.
On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. List North Carolina secondary sources available, such as treatises and legal periodicals.
2. Explain how to find secondary sources for any state law legal issue.
3. Differentiate the benefits and limitations of various secondary sources covering North Carolina law.
4. Explain how to navigate through different secondary sources.