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Secondary and tertiary legal sources

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Assume that you are in the TA position from the Module Five short paper and have been asked to provide your expertise once again. This time, you have been asked to discuss some of the benefits, and possible concerns, associated with using secondary and tertiary legal sources in a paper. The instructor wants the explanation to be short and concise and asks you to provide a chart with bullet points highlighting the benefits of using such sources on one side and the risks on the other side. In addition, he asks you to briefly explain how he critiques sources of this nature.

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There are several benefits to using secondary or tertiary sources of information. The benefits of using secondary or tertiary sources are that these sources analyze, interpret, and criticize primary sources. These sources are beneficial because they make information accessible. The secondary or tertiary allow the researcher to know what is already reported. This helps the researcher assess the convergence or otherwise of the secondary sources with his own hypothesis. For example, reviews of laws help the researcher understand the opinions of other scholars on particular laws. Similarly, criticism of legislation draws the attention of the researcher to the weaknesses of the legislation. Secondary sources have commentaries or restatements of primary law and help find the primary law and understand the primary law. For instance, Black's Law Dictionary helps identify case laws that are related to specific legal situations. Secondary sources are ...

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This solution explains the benefits and risks of secondary and tertiary legal sources. The sources used are also included in the solution.