Secondary sources

1. Introduction to secondary sources

Image showing secondary sources in the Law Library.
Secondary sources in the Law Library.
 

Secondary sources used in legal research provide commentary on the primary sources of the law. Secondary sources explain legal terminology and legal principles and can help you to identify leading cases and relevant legislation.

Secondary sources include:

  • legal dictionaries and encyclopaedias
  • law textbooks
  • looseleaf services
  • law journals
  • law reform material.