This guide will assist you to locate relevant resources for your study and research. It will give you some guidance about using information sources, and each source's relevance.
Different resources are useful for reading about different types of information. Legal resources can be divided into two types: primary and secondary.
Primary sources are the actual text of the law, that is, legislation and case law, as created by the parliaments and the courts.
Secondary sources are the tools that assist you in locating and understanding the relevant primary sources. They include:
- library catalogues
- legal dictionaries
- legal encyclopedias
- journal articles
- indexes to journal articles
Deakin University Library provides access to electronic resources for education, research or personal use. Use of the resources is usually governed by licence agreements.
Information must not be used for commercial purposes or re-sold in any way. Any copyright resides with the original author or publisher.
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These guides have been designed to assist you with accessing a range of resources within the Deakin University Library, and developing your legal research skills.