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Secondary sources of law

This guide will assist you in identifying and searching secondary sources of law such as books, journals, journal articles, legal dictionaries, encyclopedia and commentaries.

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This library research guide will introduce you to secondary sources of law.

Explore this guide for recommended starting and access points to locate books, journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias and commentaries. 

Definition

Secondary source: In legal research, textbooks, legal encyclopaedias and periodical articles which provide restatements of law, often with associated commentary. Secondary sources are contrasted with the primary sources of the law (cases and legislation).

- LexisNexis, Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary

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