Legal research is defined as the process of identifying and retrieving information that is required for supporting legal decision-making. Who performs Legal research? Well, it can be performed by lawyers, law librarians, paralegals or anyone who wants legal information. This legal information can be collected from printed books, online legal research websites and information portals that can be accessed for free or for a fee from database vendors (LexisNexis / Westlaw).
Legal research generally involves,
• Finding primary authority (cases, statutes, regulations)
• Finding secondary authority about a specific legal topic
• Finding non-legal sources for supporting information.