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This guide is intended to be used as an introduction to the sources of information on the topic of the Legal Profession with a focus on Legal Ethics. It will help you to find statutes, codes of ethics, ethics opinions, e-resources, useful articles, and helpful study aids. As with any research, unless you are already knowledgeable about the topic, it is best to start with introductory resources and then to go on and consult more focused works—moving from secondary to primary resources.
When beginning research in the area of the Legal Profession, secondary sources such as articles and books can provide you with an overview of your topic and help you to become aware of of search terms that you might not think of otherwise. These sources will also cite primary authorities such as statutes, codes of ethics and ethics opinions. You can use the primary sources cited in these secondary sources as a jumping off point to find more primary sources.
The TMLL catalog and/or the Discovery Service can point you to useful books and articles. The Library also subscribes to many databases that index articles in scholarly journals and other periodicals . These databases can help you begin your research. Most of the found articles will also have links to full-text.
Don't forget the "Big Three" - Lexis, Westlaw and BloombergLaw. Each offers access to a wide variety of primary and secondary sources. A password is required in order to access these databases. If you have forgotten any of your passwords, please contact a librarian for help.
Related Research Guides
For more information please see:
Chapter 3 - Background Research Using Secondary Sources (TMLL Guide to Legal Research)