I'm writing a legal research paper for a professor. I'm fairly new to law and have little to no knowledge of writing a research paper. She did not go over what she was really looking for on the...

I'm writing a legal research paper for a professor. I'm fairly new to law and have little to no knowledge of writing a research paper. She did not go over what she was really looking for on the paper, BUT she did state on the assignment sheet that she wanted me to apply secondary and primary sources to analyse a clients problem. The question is, how do I do that? I was given a scenario, and the primary and secondary sources are there as well. My question is, how do i apply these sources to the scenario? Is there a specific way to do that? 

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I am not able to plug-in primary and secondary sources into your research paper, but I can explain what they are to you and hope this will provide some insight. Primary resources are considered as interviews or documents that are the original information about something. For example, if a police deposition is obtained it can provide information, such as statements made by witnesses. Interviews with a subject are also considered as a primary source. Locating a primary resource means tracking down the original source of the information. Secondary resources are the resources that take the information and analyze or interpret it. They are also considered as second-hand resources.

In the research paper that you are developing, you are expected to use the resources that have been provided to support Mr. Beetle’s claim about the shabby job the cabinet company did when installing his cabinets. The first thing you would have to do is to look at the legislation and determine if the time limit has passed since the cabinets were put in and the time allotted to make a complaint.

The court cases provide the lawyer with information that may help to support Mr. Beetle’s claim by identifying other cases that were similar and the outcome of the cases. You want to show this in the document and explain why the court case was used and the details that connect it to Mr. Beetle’s case.

My recommendation is to read the scenario carefully. Read the information that you were provided as primary and secondary resources. Make a list of the aspects that would indicate if Mr. Beetle has a case or if he does not. Sometimes an investigation into legal documents and court cases leads to attorneys determining that a client will not have a strong case. Once you have determined if or if there is not a strong case, support your findings in the research paper using the details of the information that you discovered through reading them.

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