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Federal Law: General

Overview of Federal legislative, judicial, executive, secondary, and constitutional legal resources.

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This guide will help you to identify and use legal resources when researching U.S. Federal law. Each tab includes a short overview of the subject, links to databases, websites, books, and other resources accessible through the library.

For further help with your research, please contact the Law Library.

General Electronic Resources

Secondary Sources

Secondary resources are an excellent place to start when researching an unfamiliar topic, or when your research question is not yet specific enough to make searching primary legal sources efficient. Legal treatises, encyclopedias, journals, and law reviews are all excellent places to start your research. These materials are shelved on the basement and 2nd floors of the law library, and many databases also provide secondary materials in electronic format.

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