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LRW Spring Research Review



Please make sure that you are familiar with the legal research concepts we covered last semester. 

Below are some resources that you can use to review earlier material:

General Resources

Need access to CALI?  Access is limited to the Harvard Law School community.  In order to access the lessons, you must first register for CALI using an HLS CALI authorization code.

Preliminary Analysis

Preliminary Analysis

The preliminary analysis homework assignment will help you to consider what you know and what you need to learn more about from the assigning memo.  For a deeper dive into preliminary analysis consider some of the questions highlighted here:

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources by Type

Use the following drop down menu to view GIF files that demonstrate how to find specific secondary sources in Westlaw and Lexis.  If you want a deeper dive, visit the individual CALI lessons on the different types of secondary sources.

Legal Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Lexis Dictionary

Running Time: 12 seconds


Westlaw Dictionary

Running Time: 19 seconds


Westlaw Encyclopedias

Running Time: 23 seconds


Lexis Treatises

Running Time: 13 seconds


Westlaw Treatises

Running Time: 25 seconds

American Law Reports (ALR)

Lexis American Law Reports

Running Time: 12 seconds


Westlaw American Law Reports

Running Time: 18 seconds


Lexis Restatements

Running Time: 10 seconds


Westlaw Restatements

Running Time: 23 seconds

Primary Authority

Westlaw Precision [New!]

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