Skip to Main Content

Secondary Sources

Model Acts and Uniform Laws

Model Acts and Uniform Laws are proposed statutes that can be adopted by legislatures. The publications contain commentary to explain the propsed statute and are common examples in law school classes.  Examples of Model Acts and Uniform Laws include:

  • Model Penal Code
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Uniform Law Annotated, Master Edition (ULA) contains all of the Uniform Laws

These resources are secondary sources unless they are adopted by a governing body, at which time they become a primary source.  Model Acts and Uniform Laws can be found on Westlaw and Lexis and in print at the MacMillan Law Library


Legal newsletters report on judicial and legislative activity.  They discuss new cases and legislation by subject area and track recent developments often with authoritative commentary.  Bloomberg BNA is known for their weekly and daily newsletters which help readers track the latest developments in an area of law.  They have newsletters in multiple areas of law, but U.S. Law Week is especially well received.  CCH IntelliConnect is also known for their topical newsletters to help subscribers stay on top of all the latest developments in an area of law.  These newsletters can be found on their respective websites or they can be e-mailed directly to subscribers who sign up for them.  Other topical newsletters of interest can be found using the print resources, legal looseleafs, with assistance available via the Service Desk of the MacMillan Law Library.


Restatements are produced by the American Law Institute and are scholarly, citable and authoritative discussions of the direction of United States common law.  They can be found in print in the MacMillan Law Library as well as on Lexis and Westlaw


A treatise is an in-depth exploration of a subject.  They inform, evaluate and interpret case law or legislation and can be found in single volumes, multi-volumes or in loose-leaf form.  They are often aimed at practitioners and point them to the important cases, statutes and regulations on the particular topic they are researching.

Georgetown Law Library has a great Treatise Finder and Harvard Law Library has Legal Treatise by Subject.  Once you know what you are looking for you can then find the treatise either in print at the MacMillan Law Library or on Lexis or Westlaw.