Primary legal research involves the analysis of cases and statutes, while secondary legal research consist of finding commentary on cases and laws.
It is essential to do both, but often valuable to do secondary research first.
Secondary research will all help you understand the case or statute - what exactly it covers, how it has been applied, or issues surrounding the law.
There are a variety of primary and secondary sources to consider, including print and electronic material.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries are also good starting points when conducting legal research - they will clarify terms and topics. The following are available on QuickLaw
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