Secondary Sources

Secondary resources are a great way to get a quick explanation of a topic, especially if you aren’t very familiar with it.   Given the fact that these materials are written by experts, free quality versions are hard to come by.  However, some are available.  Jump to:

Resource: Dictionaries–  The law is filled with complex terminology and unique definitions for common terms. Specialized law dictionaries help sort them out.


Source: Encyclopedias – Legal encyclopedias will provide a good overview of a topic and explain unfamiliar concepts in “plain English.”

Source: Law Journal Articles – Law journals articles are great for getting broad overviews of a subject or in-depth looks at narrow topics. Getting to the content of the journals can sometimes be problematic, however more and more law journals are being placed online on the Free Web every day.