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Law Search Guide: Search a new area of law

This guide will show you how to search a law topic using quick and simple methods.

How do I search a new area of law?

If you want to know about an area of law that is new to you, begin with secondary sources. Secondary sources are easier to find and will explain the law, give context to the law, and will help you find relevant primary sources of the law. 

See the list below of the different types of secondary sources and how they would help you find out about a new area: 

All these resources are that secondary resources are a great way to get critical analysis of the law and it will guide you the original sources of the law, remember to always include where possible the 'raw law' or primary sources of law such as cases and legislation. After you know a little about your topic area, keep on going next you will need to find the primary sources of law.

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Try It Yourself

You need to fine some definitions for your law assignment. You decided to look up some definitions in a dictionary.

  1. Scroll down to Online Dictionaries on the Law LibGuide.
  2. Click on the link to the eBook Australian Law Dictionary (this link may open in a new page, if it does you can toggle between pages or print out the activity).
  3. Type in Damages in the search box. Its definition is the first term listed.
  4. Click on the term to obtain a comprehensive definition, including references to cases.
  5. Try another legal dictionary and look up the meaning of:

              Stare Decisis, Statute, Defendant, Hearsay Evidence & Common law.



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