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One of the first steps in the legal research process is to conduct background research in secondary sources. Secondary sources can provide a springboard for beginning a research project. At this stage the researcher may consult secondary sources:
to obtain background information and an overview of an unfamiliar or emerging area of law
to obtain citations to primary authorities to launch the research
to suggest further issues or analytic approaches to the problem
"Law review" is the term used for articles published in legal periodicals or law journals. They are secondary sources because they are describing, analyzing, or commenting on the law; they are not the law itself. Law review articles are typically written by lawyers or law students.
A premier legal documents collection, HeinOnline also includes audio transcripts of Supreme Court cases, legislative histories, articles from law reviews, and fulltext linking to case law using Fastcase.
Google Scholar is a good starter tool to search for cases and law reviews. Use this link to connect Google Scholar with HPU's Journal Finder. You will be asked for your HPU username and password if off-campus.
For topics related to communication law, CMMC provides access to scholarly journals and law reviews that may additional analysis and background information, including Communication Law & Policy, Federal Communications Law Journal, and Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal.