For basic information, especially about topics of major historical or popular interest, use the general online reference sources in the boxes below (Credo Reference and the Gale Virtual Reference Library).
For more specialized legal information, try these sources:
A useful set of reference books, in the Library on the first floor:
In the world of legal resources, laws, regulations, opinions, and cases are considered primary sources of law.
Secondary sources are legal research articles, legal encyclopedias, and other fruits of scholarship that analyze the primary literature. Some links to this kind of information are in the box on the right.
Often these secondary sources can be good starting points for doing research related to legal issues, especially for non-law students. Time-saving benefits may include:
However, be aware of the following aspects of a secondary source that might affect its suitability for a particular research need: