Law: Primary sources

What are primary sources?

What's the difference between primary and secondary sources?

Primary sources are the law as created by the parliament and the courts; that is:

  • bills
  • legislation
  • subordinate legislation/regulations
  • case law

Secondary sources are discussions about the law, and assist you in locating and understanding primary sources.

For more in-depth information or further help, please look at our Legal Research Workshop below:

Search Essentials

Databases provide access to journal literature either by providing the full text of articles or to article citations and abstracts

Some Key Databases for Law are:

Google Scholar is a free service for searching for some scholarly literature. It includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports.

If the Library has an electronic subscription, you may be able to link to the full text from the Find Full Text at UniSA link.



Finding primary sources

Legal Research Workshop

For more info try the Legal Research Workshop which has been designed to teach you basic legal research skills using online (primarily Australian) resources available through the UniSA Library.

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