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Civil Rights: Secondary Sources

This guide will assist you in finding online and print resources on civil rights.

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Secondary sources are resources that summarize, explain, or analyze the law. Use these sources to find primary law and to increase your understanding of an area of law.

Click on the links below to view information on specific types of secondary sources.



The following DVDs are focused on civil rights issues.

Civil Rights Books and Treatises

Use the Law Library catalog to find treatises and books that include sections pertinent to civil rights law. See the suggested subject headings below.

The following print resources on civil rights law are available in the NCCU School of Law Library.


Study Aids


Legal periodicals contain articles, often written by scholars, that analyze and criticize the law. These articles contain numerous citations to primary law.

Use the following databases to find legal periodicals.

  • HeinOnline HeinOnline is a subscription database.  The Law Journal Library contains more than 1,800 legal periodicals. Use web VPN to access this resource off-campus. See the tutorial below for more information on web VPN.

  • LegalTrac LegalTrac is a periodical index. Use web VPN to access this resource  off-campus. Search by subject using the term "civil rights".

  • Lexis Advance Access requires user name and password. Add "Legal Resource Index" to the search. Enter the terms "civil rights".

  • Westlaw Access requires user name and password. Search the Law Reviews & Journals database.


The periodicals below are focused on civil rights. Find these titles and others on HeinOnline.

  • Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice
  • Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

WebVPN Online Tutorial

Off-campus access to NCCU Law Library electronic resources requires the use of Web VPN. To access Web VPN, go to the Electronic Resources webpage and click on the Web VPN link directly below the Legend.

To view this tutorial in a new window, click here.

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