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Immigration Law Research Resources: Research Techniques

Helpful Immigration Databases

How do I find what I don't know?

Consult secondary sources, especially treatises, services, nutshells, etc.

They frequently reference primary sources and may even reproduce the cases/treaties you are looking for. It is important to start with secondary legal sources in order to find primary authority, the authoritative law source. Secondary sources are used to evaluate findings, analyze, and draw conclusions. The Internet is an important source and should be used carefully. The best web sites have authoritative information, are consistent, and are constantly updated. If you are unsure about the authenticity of a website, check with a reference librarian or just don't use it.

You should become familiar with well-known resources in your field, which may be available in print and online. An important resource in the immigration field is Immigration Law and Procedure by Charles Gordon and Stanley Mailman, which is available in the library or on Lexis Advance

There may also be treatises that are more subject-specific, such as Immigration Law & Business (in print and Westlaw) and Immigration Law & The Family (Westlaw).


Resources may be online or in print.

In addition to your Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg accounts, the Library provides a large range of online resources, and so does the main campus library

You can utilize the Law Library catalog to search for all print materials.


Speak to a law librarian. 

We can help you find what you’re looking for, and it is our job to do so.


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