Law Library Secondary Sources

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Secondary sources are those that comment on or give guidance to the law. The Law Library has asked our Reference Assistant, Tracy Moore, to discuss her favorite secondary source.

For those seeking to understand a new or complex area of law, I recommend law review and journal articles. Law reviews and journal articles are my favorite secondary source to use to begin legal research. Law review and journal articles explain case law, statutes, and new legal issues in a clear and interesting manner. Moreover, law review and journal articles are also useful sources of information for new or cutting edge legal issues. Finally, law review and journal articles have a large number of citations that researchers can use to find more secondary and primary sources.  Law review and journal articles are also easily found online and in print.

At the NCCU Law Library, the bound law journal collection is on the second floor. They are easy to find because of their basic binding and simple titles.  Law journals and law review and journal articles are also easily researched online. Besides Westlaw and LexisNexis, law review and journal articles can be found in HeinOnline, LegalTrac, and Index to Legal Periodicals. Westlaw and LexisNexis are available to NCCU law students, faculty and staff, and require a username and password. To access HeinOnline Legal Trac, and Index to Legal Periodicals off campus, you will need to use WebVPN. For WebVPN instructions, see the Law Library’s WebVPN LibGuide.

Many thanks to Ms. Moore for her discussion on law review and journal articles. For information on finding law review or journal articles, contact a reference librarian.