This guide is intended to be a starting point for academic research into legal issues. Tabs at the top of the page will help direct you to resources to help with research at the federal or state level.
The law encompasses many different types of material, and thorough legal research should identify sources of primary and secondary authority.
It also helps to identify the jurisdiction for your issue so you will better understand which sources will be binding authority and which will be persuasive.
This research method provides a long-term strategy for exploring the legal aspects of a particular issue or topic.