This guide provides pointers for getting started with your research. It includes links to key resources. If you are just getting started with legal research, it is often suggested that you begin with something that will give you background/an overview of your topic (called secondary sources) as these will usually mention primary sources of law like cases and statutes that you can then look to for more information.
To find background information, try a law review article or a report on your topic.
Also try CRS Reports. These are Federal reports/ documents that are non-partisan and designed to provide an overview on a topic. They often provide extensive references to primary law and legislation. Search by topic, such as energy or veterans.
Library of Congress. Legal Research Reports by Topic
Once you have enough background and want to start looking for primary sources of law, try these links:
Legal Writing and Citation
APUS Legal Studies Videos
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