If a topic is new to you (and even if it isn’t) then secondary sources are an excellent place to begin your research. They help explain the law, provide context, and point to relevant primary and other secondary sources. There are many different types of secondary sources. Legal encyclopedias, textbooks, and treatises are useful if you’re looking for a basic or intermediate introduction to a topic. If you’re looking for more detailed information or practical guidance, then try a practice guide. If your research is more academic (as opposed to practical) in nature, an article from a law review or law journal might suit your needs.
This section of the law guide identifies some of the secondary resources helpful with corporate law research. Although many sources are listed in this section, it is by no means an exhaustive list.
Is it available in print or digitally? Many secondary sources are published in print and are available digitally in a database. While there are exceptions, in most cases Rains Library will have access to a source either in print or digitally, but not both. Also, unlike primary sources which are typically accessible through multiple databases and sometimes freely online, secondary sources are often available in only one database.
Tip: If you are using Westlaw, Lexis Advance, or Bloomberg Law to find the sources below simply type the title in the search bar. To find similar sources not listed below, select the secondary sources option in the database and narrow by topic, jurisdiction, and type of resource (law review, treatise, etc.) as appropriate.
The following California practice guides are found in the Business Law section:
In addition to the sources listed below, check out the corporate law related pages on Westlaw’s Practical Law. Practical law includes how-to guides and explanations of current law and practice, checklists, sample documents and clauses, and more.
In addition to the sources listed below, check out the corporate law related pages on Practice Advisor on Lexis and find practice notes, forms, checklists, and more.
In Bloomberg’s Law Transactional Resources section find precedent documents and clauses, forms, drafting guides, and more.
If you’re looking for articles published in law reviews and law journals try Hein Online or Legal Source (formerly Index to Legal Periodicals). Some journals and law reviews that focus on corporate law are