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Free Legal Resources : General and Federal Secondary Sources

About Secondary Sources

The Ninth Circuit's official jury instructions are a fast, free way to start your legal research.

General and Federal Secondary Sources Free Online

Secondary sources are books and articles about the law. Although they are not the law themselves, they are a good starting point for legal research because they summarize the law and provide citations to relevant statutes, cases, and regulations on a specific topic.

Because most secondary sources are copyrighted, you will usually need to go to a library to use them (see Libraries and Self Help Centers.)

However, a few secondary sources are available for free online: