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Advanced Legal Research: Researching Secondary Sources & Practice Tools

This guide will help you research in secondary sources and practice tools.


Court rules provide the parties with information and instructions on matters pertaining to judicial proceedings.  They establish uniform procedures such as filing deadlines, proper formatting, delivery method, timing, etc. and they aid the court in performing its business.

You can find some court rules in your annotated code.  This is very useful because it allows you to pick up journals and cases discussing those rules.  Some treatises reprint court rules as well as provide analysis and explanation of them. Most court websites also provide their court rules.

A useful tip is to look at the structure of litigation.  The rules are generally listed in the order that litigation occurs.  You can safely divide rules up into pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appellate.  You’ll have rules of civil procedure, rules of criminal procedure, rules of evidence, and appellate rules.

To view practice sets on court rules, see the Practice Forms & Checklists page.

Ohio Court Rules Books

Both Page's Ohio Revised Code Annotated and Baldwin's Ohio Revised Code Annotated have annotated versions of the Ohio rules.

Ohio Court Rules Online

Selected Practice Sets on Rules

Federal Court Rules Books

Both the USCA and the USCS have annotated versions of the federal rules, which include Advisory Committee notes.

Federal Court Rules Online

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