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Find Policies and Legal Research: Introduction

Introduction to finding policy and legal information

There are many ways that Walden faculty and students can access official policy documents and related information. Walden Library provides access to the following two legal databases:‚Äč

Of these databases, Nexis Uni's coverage is more comprehensive, as it provides access to both primary and secondary policy documents, while Gale OneFile: LegalTrac only contains secondary materials.

Note: In the context of legal and policy documents, the term primary denotes the policies themselves, while secondary refers to all other materials related to those policies, such as law reviews and legal encyclopedias.

In addition to Nexis Uni and Gale OneFile: LegalTrac, there are many other freely available resources online. 

  • Take a moment to review the government websites in this guide. 
  • Google Scholar also has a helpful Case Law search option.
  • Keep in mind that older policy documents may not be available online and you may need to visit a Federal Depository Library to access those resources.