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How to Login if You are Off-Campus

FSU's Whittemore Library requires that users who are off-campus authenticate through Blackboard.  Blackboard accounts are set up through Blackboard, not the library, so while we will help as much as possible to get you onto our databases from off-campus, sometimes we may have to refer you back to Blackboard or Information Technology to get your account set-up properly.  Below we have included links for how to contact the ITS Help Desk if you need assistance.


Welcome to the Henry Whittemore Library Health Law LibGuide! 

Please feel free to contact a librarian at any time during your research process.

Massachusetts - Laws and Regulations

The websites listed below are provided by the State of Massachusetts and contain laws and regulations that are applicable within the Commonwealth.

Federal Government - Laws & Regulations

The websites listed below are provided by the United States Federal Government. The first two websited  include legislation and bills that are currently being considered by the House of Representative and the Senate.

The other websites that are linked allow you to find laws and regulations that were previously issued

Subject Librarian

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Debbie Percher
Debbie Percher
Reference Librarian
Whittemore Library 117
Framingham State University
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
Tel: 508-626-4654

Primary and Secondary Sources in Legal Research

Legal research can include the use of both primary and secondary sources.  Primary sources are official pronouncements of governmental lawmakers.  Examples of primary sources include court decisions, statutes, and regulations that influence legal doctrine.  Secondary sources are works that discuss, explain, or analyze legal doctrine, but are not actual laws.  Examples of secondary sources include: treatises, hornbooks, restatements and practice manuals.


Legal Primary Sources

Legal Secondary Sources

Court decisions




Regulations that form the basis of legal doctrine



Practice manuals


Law reviews from academic journals