This LibGuide was created for non-lawyers. However, lawyers, paralegals, and anyone with an interest in law may find the information on primary and secondary sources as well as an explanation of how to format legal citations of interest.
Are you searching for the answer to a legal question? Are you looking for a survey of the law for a particular topic? For what jurisdiction(s) will you conduct research?
Seek authoritative and current sources. Decide whether you will use subscription databases or open access databases.
What are the key words that describe your legal topic? Are there terms of art? Are there synonyms?
Read the information you have gathered. Evaluate whether the information you have gathered answers your research question. As you review sources and answer your research question(s), be sure to cite your sources.
Use citators (such as KeyCite in Westlaw and Shepard’s in Lexis) and search again within your chosen databases to see if new materials have been added. Set up search alerts.