Journal articles will provide you with more recent information than books and will usually examine a topic in detail. Like books, they will alert you to major cases and legislation. Journal articles can also be used for historical research to determine what was being discussed about a particular issue at a given point in time.
The Legal Research flowchart will help you to decide which journal database is suitable for your area of research.
When evaluating information for your assignment think about:
relevance - is the information useful for the topic?
currency - when was the information published, is it updated regularly?
reliability - what credentials are there, is it from an authoritative source?
accuracy - is it fact, opinion or propaganda?
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