Getting Started

This guide is a curated list of Daemen Library resources to help you get started with research in law or legal issues. When navigating this guide, it's important to understand the distinction between primary and secondary sources of law.

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Primary vs. Secondary Sources of Law

Primary legal sources are the actual law in the form of constitutions, court cases, statutes, and administrative rules and regulations.

A good place to start most research projects is with a secondary source. A secondary source is not the law. It may describe, explain, interpret, or critique the law. A secondary source can be used for three different purposes: it might educate you about the law, it might direct you to the primary law, or it might serve as persuasive authority.


For legal research at Daemen, you'll be using Westlaw - a comprehensive legal research database that includes both primary and secondary materials, including case law, statutes, administrative materials, treatises and more.

Paralegal students given Westlaw accounts will be able to access Westlaw Edge, a more premium and professional flavor of Westlaw. All other Daemen students, faculty, and staff have access to Westlaw Campus Research.

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