Although the ultimate goal of most legal research projects is to find "the Law," i.e. statutes, regulations, cases, and other primary sources, the quickest path to primary sources is frequently an indirect path through secondary resources. Secondary resources provide context for your legal research by explaining the area of law, defining terms and acronyms, and pointing you to primary sources. Beginning your research with secondary resources can save you time by giving you citations to a core group of important primary sources on which to build.
Which secondary source you choose will depend on your research needs. At the beginning of your research, you want something basic to get you started quickly. CLE materials and forms are good starting points. A bar journal or legal newspaper article can also give you a quick head start. Many Arizona legal treatises can also be helpful at the beginning of your research. Toward the end of your research, you may want to read some in-depth analysis to help you fine-tune your understanding of a legal issue. An article in a law-school journal or a chapter in a legal treatise is an excellent source for such analyses.
This research guide covers secondary resources that focus on Arizona law, with explanations on how to choose secondary resources and where to find them. For federal and general practice materials, see the Practice Materials Bibliography. If you need help, please Ask a Librarian.
The call numbers on this page link to library catalog records, which provide information about location, availability, and currency of each item in the Ross-Blakley Law Library.
For Visitors to the Ross-Blakely law Library, there is patron access to WestlawNext and LexisNexis Academic in the reading room area of the library. The College of Law provides Westlaw and LexisNexis passwords to its law faculty, staff, and students
HeinOnline is available on the ASU computer network, including remote access for ASU faculty, staff, and students.
State Bar of Arizona website
The law library has hundreds of items published by the State Bar of Arizona. The following list is a limited selection of popular bar publications. To see a complete list, search the library catalog for AUTHOR: State
Bar of Arizona.
Law School Journals
Law-school-journal articles provide in-depth analysis of legal topics, with citations to the most important primary sources.
The following publications are primarily current awareness tools, but they also include some articles and columns on legal issues.
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