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Law Resources: Getting Started

Use this guide to find primary and secondary law resources.


Primary and secondary sources are essential for conducting successful legal research. This guide provides starting points for locating  information and resources about legal topics and the law.

Law Libraries

Please review library hours, access procedures, and research services available to the general public before visiting the following law libraries.

Types of Sources

Primary sources of law consist of state and federal statues, case law, administrative law, and constitutions.

Secondary sources of law such as legal encyclopedia describe or analyze the law. Dictionaries and digests are finding tools.

Find Background Information


Use Gale Virtual Reference Library to find encyclopedia articles.

Michigan eLibrary Legal Gateway

Legal Research