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Before starting your research:

  • Clarify what it is you are researching and why. Ask questions.
  • Try to spot the important issues
  • Identify your jurisdiction
  • Brainstorm some keywords to use as search terms
  • Make a research plan: where will you look, and why?

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A contract is a legally recognizable promise between parties to perform in some way. A contract binds the parties, creates enforceable obligations and provides remedies in case of breach.  

Contract law originated in English common law, and remains largely a product of common law (case law) today. Federal and state jurisdictions have also enacted statutes to address certain contract issues, from consumer protection to commercial transactions. 

How to Use this Guide

This guide is intended to introduce you to some of the key resources available at the Northeastern University School of Law Library for researching contract law. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Preparing for an exam? Check out the Study Aids page

The materials mentioned in this guide -- except where classified as Reference, Reserve or Database -- are most often found in the KF800-899 range on the 4th Floor of the Law Library. 

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