[teknoids] Question for Librarians: Is an edited case primary or secondary material?

Leers, Susanna leers at pitt.edu
Thu Apr 3 10:44:53 EST 2008

Hi Elmer,
I don't think they're primary, I think they're secondary if they're like the cases in casebooks.
Maybe you should make a separate category.

Susanna Leers
E-research & Technology Services Librarian
Barco Law Library
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
412 648 1329
leers at pitt.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Elmer Masters
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 10:43 AM
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Subject: [teknoids] Question for Librarians: Is an edited case primary or secondary material?

Subject line about says it all.  I've got 700,000 full court opinions.
 I know these are primary resources.  I also have access to lots of
edited (usually by faculty) cases and the edits may contain some
commentary and additional references.  Are these edited, commented
cases best considered as secondary resources?  Or should they still be
considered primary?

Your replies will shape the future of our eLangdell project:)


Elmer R. Masters
Director of Internet Development
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
emasters at cali.org       773-332-7508
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