When planning any summer research project always remember to use the best secondary sources possible. Sometimes finding a secondary source can be tricky especially when you are not familiar with all of the resources at the firm, court, or agency where you are working. There are three great places to look and one good place to ask -
1. Always look in the library where you are working. Your boss - partner or judge - usually has certain secondary sources on hand. These are sources they they trust and use themselves. So, those are the "best" sources and they are a great place to start your research. Your bosses want you to use them. And, since they're in print, they want you to use them in print.
2. Use research guides to find the best, most relevant sources. Look for a post later this week on how to find research guides.
3. Use the Georgetown Law Library Treatise Finder. Just browse through the subject headings on the Treatise Finder page and you will find the top treatises for each field. Almost anything available on the shelf at Georgetown is available at some other law library.
And, never forget to ask your law librarian. We're here during the summer - available by email, phone, or live chat. The larger firms, court systems, or agencies will most likely have a librarian. A librarian usually knows the best source or can help you find the best source.