Take a moment before you start researching to think about what you are trying to find.
Are you researching for a research essay, a problem question, or something else? Are you trying to find cases, legislation, secondary sources or all of these?
Are you trying to find the one right answer to a specific question, such as whether euthanasia is legal in your state or territory, or are you trying to find general information on a topic, such as children’s rights?
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Legal sources can be divided into two types: primary sources and secondary sources.
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.
Do the research.
Our Law guides will assist in identifying databases you can use that contain authoritative sources.
Try some of these search tips:
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Now that you have the results – what have you found?
If so, well done! You can now write it up in whatever format has been set for your assignment.
Remember, writing involves the strategic use of the research findings to support a viewpoint you may be taking or an argument you may be putting forward.
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