Skip to Main Content

Westlaw Campus Research

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources include the following legal resources:

  • Legal encyclopedias
  • Treatises
  • Legal periodicals
  • Law reviews

These resources

  • Provide interpretations and well-reasoned statements of the law; 
  • Can be used as persuasive authority.
  • Are good starting points when you are unfamiliar with particular topics or practice areas; and
  • Reference important case law and statutory authority in addition to journal and law review citations.

Link to the Secondary Sources content page from the Westlaw Campus Research home page. This content page can be searched by typing in your terms and connectors in the search field at the top of the page. You can also select to search by Type, State, or Topic.  

Under Related Content, you have access to the entire Secondary Sources Index as well as Black's Law Dictionary. 


Searching by Keyword

To search for secondary sources by keyword searching from the Westlaw home page, using natural language or Boolean searching:

  1. Type your search phrase into the search box at the top of the page. 
  2. Click Search. This will search all core legal content that can be filtered to Secondary Sources. 
  3. Narrow down as needed using filters on the left panel. 

To search for forms within Westlaw Campus Research, connect to the Secondary Sources Content Page. Select Texts & Treatises. Type your search using Boolean operators or Terms & Connectors in the search box at the top of the page. User the filters on the left panel to narrow down by Form Type. This section is located after the Publication Name section towards the bottom of the filters list. 

Results can be narrowed down by jurisdiction and date as well.