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Cases

Cases and caselaw are a fundamental part of legal research.  Use the Cases page in the left-hand menu or click on an area of interest from these links:

Legislation

Legislation is another fundamental part of legal research.  Use the Legislation page in the left-hand navigation panel or click on an area of interest from these links:

Starting your research

If you need help analysing your topic or developing a list of keywords for searching, look through the Think, Find, Write, Cite tab.  

If you are wondering how to undertake Legal Research, look through the following texts for great explanations and ideas:

Researching & Writing in the LawTerry Hutchinson, 'Researching & Writing in Law'  (Thomson Reuters, 2018)

A Practical Guide to Legal Research - Jay Sanderson, Kim Kelly,  'A Practical Guide to Legal Research' (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2017)

Methodologies of Legal Research: Which Kind of Method for What Kind of Discipline? - Mark van Hoecke (ed) 'Methodologies of Legal Research : Which Kind of Method for What Kind of Discipline?' (European Academy of Legal Theory series, ProQuest eBook Central, 2011)

 

Primary legal materials are the authoritative records of law. These are:

  • Legislation made by Parliament
  • Rules, regulations, orders and by-laws of bodies that have delegated authority to administer these laws
  • Authoritative reports of court decisions or case law

image of an historical book

Secondary sources of law refer, discuss and help locate the law but are not primary sources.  They can help in understanding the law in specific areas.  If you don't know much about a topic start with general information and work towards more specific sources:

eg. Legal dictionaries > legal encyclopedias > text books > journal articles.

Commentary

Use commentary to enhance your understanding of a legal issue.  The Commentary page in the left-hand navigation panel holds many of the key resources, or click on an area of interest from these links:

Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries

Access Legal Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias from the left-hand navigation panel or the links below. These contain a wealth of information and are a great way to get an understanding of the:

  • definitions
  • area of law
  • relevant section of legislation
  • leading cases