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Choosing the best place to start is a strategy—occasionally the element of luck also plays a part. Starting with Primary or Secondary often has to do with how much you know about the topic. Generally, I’d say, the less you know about the topic, the more sense it makes to start with secondary sources.
Knowing when to ask for help is another strategy. Whenever you start spinning your wheels, give a librarian a holler. We have email and telephone.
All the sources have various features in common—use that knowledge to your advantage. Cases, Statutes, and Journal articles all have indexes. For cases, the index is called a digest, but it is still the same idea. The online catalog has an index—it is the subject headings.