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Topic - Health Law

A guide to information resources for health care administration and nursing students learning about health law

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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

Treatises

Statutes

Hornbooks

Regulations that form the basis of legal doctrine

Restatements

 

Practice manuals

 

Law reviews from academic journals

 

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