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Law: primary sources

This guide will assist you in identifying and searching primary sources of law.


Getting started

Explore this guide for recommended starting and access points to understand, research and locate cases, legislation and extrinsic materials.

The books below will help to give you an understanding of the Australian legal system, and legal research and writing.

Getting started

The following books are a great place to get started if you are new to law, legal research, or could do with a refresher.

A practical guide to legal research

A Practical Guide to Legal Research presents the essential skills of legal research in Australian Law and International Law, and provides focused examples that allow readers immediate practice and the chance to develop their legal research skills. The Guide moves logically through the process of legal research by actually showing the reader how to do legal research.

Nemes and Coss’ effective legal research

Nemes & Coss’ Effective Legal Research is a guide to mastering the techniques and strategies that are vital for successful legal research and writing. Citation information has been extended to assist researchers to produce clear, well-referenced writing conforming to the widely adopted Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques

Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques de-mystifies the process of studying law and provides the foundations for law school success. Provides basic rules and helpful hints on study techniques, sample exam questions and answers contributed by experienced law lecturers, and guides to success in moot court and on how to approach multiple choice and essay assessments.

Researching and Writing in Law

Researching and Writing in Law provides keys to the fundamental electronic sources of legal research, as well as exploring traditional doctrinal methodologies. Included in this edition are extensive checklists for locating and validating the law in Australia, England, Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.

Laying down the law

Laying Down the Law provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of law. Essential foundation topics covered include Australia’s legal system and sources of law while discussion of current issues highlights the context in which our legal system operates and the role and responsibilities of the legal profession.

Connecting With Law

Connecting With Law introduces students to the foundations of law in a thought provoking way, challenging them to think critically, question ideas and connect with the law.

Statutory Interpretation in Australia

Statutory Interpretation in Australia acts as a guide to some of the practical questions of interpretation of legislation as it arises in Australia today.

Guides of interest

Australian Guide to Legal Citation

This guide will help you understand how to reference in the AGLC style.

Law: secondary sources

This guide will assist you in identifying and searching secondary sources of law.

Internet research for assignments

Tips and strategies for researching on the Internet.

Library Orientation

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Resource list – guide for students

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Student wellness

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