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LLSO 29122: Comparative Law and the Welfare State

A research guide for students in Andrew Hammond's Winter 2018 class

What Are Primary & Secondary Legal Sources?

"The materials used for legal research are generally divided into two broad categories: primary sources and secondary sources.  Primary sources are laws, orders, decisions, or regulations issued by a governmental entity or official, such as a court, legislature, or executive agency; the President; or a state governor.  Secondary sources offer analysis, commentary, or a restatement of primary law and are used to help locate and explain primary sources of law.  Secondary sources may influence a legal decision but do not have the controlling or binding authority of primary sources."

From: “Secondary Legal Resources | Law Library of Congress.” December 31, 2014. https://www.loc.gov/law/help/secondary-rsrcs.php.

Primary Law Resources

Secondary Law Resources

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