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Secondary Sources

Get up to speed in new areas of the law or revisit familiar ones with the help of thousands of high-value secondary source materials. Our unmatched collection of premier analytical titles now offers a refreshed reading experience designed to make your research even more efficient.

The largest collection of
leading analytical titles

Westlaw authors are experts
in every area of the law

Tradition of excellence
in legal publishing

Secondary Sources on Westlaw
have never been better.

With the release of several new research enhancements, Secondary Sources will provide a streamlined research experience that is easy, intuitive, and efficient.

  • Engage with unsurpassed content efficiently and intuitively
  • Filter library with a few clicks to retrieve the most relevant publications
  • Contextualize research with browsable table of contents
  • Enjoy a more seamless reading experience with Reading Mode that delivers documents in a single continuous display
Experience what's new with Secondary Sources

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Explore the updated Secondary Sources redesign

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Take a closer look at the new Secondary Sources library

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    Search all Secondary Sources or only those you choose using filters and the Publications list below.

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    Use these filters before you search or browse to narrow the publication list to only those titles most relevant to you.

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    Quickly access your favorite Secondary Source publications directly from the Secondary Sources library. Don't have any favorites? Click the star on a publication's table of contents page and they'll appear here.

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    Publication list

    Browse and access all Secondary Sources or narrow the list using the publication filters shown to the left.

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    Learn more about this publication through a brief publication description, author and currency information, and related resources.


Explore a Secondary Sources document

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    Reading Mode

    Dive into the content with Reading Mode, which allows for scrolling through multiple documents in the same display.

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    Table of Contents

    Gain valuable context without leaving your document and quickly move between chapters and sections with a fully linked and browsable table of contents.

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    Refreshed document display

    Enjoy a fresh document display that puts content front and center for an easier read.


See what customers are saying about
the Secondary Sources redesign

See what customers are saying about the Secondary Sources redesign

Westlaw has an unparalleled collection of top analytical titles

Confidently take on complicated legal matters in any area of law with essential guidance and analysis from the largest selection of leading national analytical titles. Westlaw's premier collection includes practice series and guides, treatises, forms, jury instructions, the Restatements, legal encyclopedias, journals, law reviews, and more.

  • Exclusive access to the complete ALR (American Law Reports) series
  • Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure
  • C.J.S. (Corpus Juris Secundum)
  • McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Business Transactions Solutions
  • Complete Am Jur Library
  • Complete Restatements of the Law
  • Many state practice guides
  • Hundreds of national, international, federal, and state law reviews and journals

Westlaw authors are experts in every area of the law

Leverage the topical expertise from world-class experts, including practitioners, law professors, and judges who know and shape the law. With Westlaw legal experts on your side, you'll have confidence you have the best answer.

John Hightower, Librarian, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.

"Thomson Reuters Westlaw sets the standards for quality secondary sources. All other providers should follow their lead."

John Hightower, Librarian,
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.

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A tradition of excellence
in legal publishing

With a heritage extending back to 1875 with West Publishing, Thomson Reuters expands on a tradition of excellence in delivering trusted answers to the bench and bar. Westlaw continually reinvests in the ongoing development of authoritative legal content and innovative tools to provide you with total support.

It's our process that sets us apart to publish the law faster and with more accuracy. We work closely with the profession's most respected authors, courts, and legislatures through refined processes to bring you the best with Westlaw.