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Legal Dictionaries

Since the language of law is peppered with Latin phrases and industry-specific terms it's a good idea to have a legal dictionary handy.  Widely used dictionaries include:

Where to Start? Secondary Sources!

Jack McCoy, looking perplexed and dishelved, from TVs "Law and Oder" sits in front of shelves of books.

What are Secondary Sources?

Secondary sources are a great place to start any legal research project.  Along with providing a general overview of a topic, secondary sources often contain a rich library of citations and resources which you can use to find additional books and articles on a particular subject.

Law Journals & Law Reviews

Law journals and law reviews are collections of articles written by law scholars, lawyers, and students on a specific topic.  Not only do they provide analysis of issues, but the citation list and referenced works may provide you with additional direction as you research.  It's important to note, however, that many law review articles are written and edited by law students who may lack the first-hand experience that practicing law brings.

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