Legal Research vs. Scholarly Research
Scholarly research explores a field by reviewing research studies and journal articles that share new findings, theories, analyses, news, or summaries of current knowledge. These studies and articles are most commonly published in journals that use a peer-review editorial process.
Legal research is generally the process of identifying and finding an answer to a legal question or checking for the legal precedent that can be cited in a brief, trial, memorandum, or public policy. Aside from articles in peer-reviewed law journals, legal documents like briefs, statues, or memorandums are not considered peer-reviewed materials.
Introduction to finding policy and legal information
There are many ways to access official policy, legal documents, and related information. Walden Library provides access to two legal databases:
In Nexis Uni you will find both primary and secondary documents. Gale OneFile:LegalTrac only contains secondary documents.
Our databases are not the only way to find policy and legal information.
Video: Nexis Uni: Introduction
(4 min 55 sec) Recorded June 2022
Video: Nexis Uni: Create a Shepard’s report
(4 min 21 sec) Recorded June 2022