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Legal Research Basics


This guide provides a brief introduction to legal research, including an overview of the research process, a discussion of secondary sources, explanations of primary law and the entities that produce it, some Bluebook tips, and links to free legal information resources.

If you have any questions about the contents of this guide or legal research generally, Research Librarians are available to provide assistance. Please contact us by email (, by phone (714.628.2548), or via our Research Appointments calendar