Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2020     Views: 2

Secondary sources are background resources that describe, analysis and evaluate the law. Listed below are popular secondary may be useful for academic researchers without access to Lexis Advance, Westlaw or Bloomberg Law.

Articles and Working Papers:

  • ABA Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Journal Search (includes CRS Reports, law reviews and more
  • SSRN (law, economics and other social sciences working papers; may require free registration to  download full-text working papers)
  • RePEC (economics working papers)
  • LawArXiv (law scholarship pre and post-print publications)
  • Law Review Commons (free and open access law review articles through BePress platform)
  • Google Scholar (wide variety of interdisciplinary articles including legal topics; to find free versions, click the link on the right, or the "View all versions" link under the citation and summary)

Academic Blogs and Law Firm Sites:


Basic Reference & Research:

HKS affiliates should also view the HKS Library Guide, Legal Research for HKS Affiliates, for additional resources that they have access to through Harvard Library. You can also contact Valerie Weis, Senior Research & Faculty Services Librarian for recommendations for additional resources.

The Harvard Law Library also serves as an important point of contact for questions about free resources from non-Harvard affiliates.