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GO 113: Overview of the US Legal System: Overview

Types of Legal Materials

Primary Law Sources

Official documents issued by the government.

  • Statutes
  • Case reporters
  • Regulatory codes

Annotated versions by private publishers also available.

Secondary Law Sources

Provide commentary and interpretation.

  • Dictionaries & Thesauri
  • Encyclopedias
  • Periodicals (law reviews, journals, and newspapers)
  • Annotated versions of official documents such as statutes, and case reporters.
  • Legal databases


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