Law Resource Guide

This guide provides information on finding legal resources for courses in the LAWS Program.

What are secondary sources?

Secondary sources provide an excellent overview on your topic. They can assist in locating relevant legislation and significant cases on a subject.

Secondary sources for law include:

  • Dictonaries and encyclopedias
  • Books and eBooks
  • Commentaries
  • Journal Articles

Law Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Legal dictionaries provide authoritative and detailed definitions of terms. They also place terms in their legal context.
Legal encyclopaedias provide succinct summaries on the current state of the law. 

Books and eBooks

Textbooks contextualise legal topics, provide background on, and examine, specific areas of law. They also include references to relevant cases, legislation and additional secondary sources.

There are two ways you can locate law eBooks:

1. Search the Library Catalogue.

2. Search in an eBook platform.


Legal commentaries provide current information about legislation or cases. Some commentaries focus on an area of law; others cover a specific jurisdiction.

For more in depth information like how to search commentaries refer to the Commentaries page of this guide.

Journal articles

Journal articles are current and cover many specific areas of law.