Module 1 Introduction

Legal information resources are either primary or secondary.

  • Primary sources are original materials, documented and reported on around the time of an event.
  • Secondary sources analyse and interpret primary sources. Secondary sources in law include books, journal and newspaper articles about the law.

This tutorial concentrates on primary sources and demonstrates how to locate legislation and cases.

Successful Searching tutorial provides information on secondary sources, covering locating books and journals articles, general research techniques, and tools to help you find and manage information effectively.
 

Module 1 Introduction Activity   Activity - It is important that you know which are primary sources and which are secondary sources.
  Identify whether the following sources are primary or secondary:
  1. Cook, Catriona, Laying Down the Law (LexisNexis Butterworths, 8th ed, 2012).

 Primary
 Secondary

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  2. Low Aromatic Fuel Act 2013 (Cth) s 5.

 Primary
 Secondary

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  3. Lindgren, Kevin Edmund, Vermeesch and Lindgren's Business Law of Australia (LexisNexis Butterworths, 12th ed, 2011).

 Primary
 Secondary

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  4. Bank Mergers Act 1996 (NSW) s 4.

 Primary
 Secondary

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  5. Steinwall, Ray, Annotated Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2013 ed, 2013).

 Primary
 Secondary

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  6. Civil Liability Regulation 2014 (NSW) s 5.

 Primary
 Secondary

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  7. Gotterson, Bob, 'Framework for a National Legal Services Market' (2004) 42(5) Law Society Journal : The Official Journal of the Law Society of New South Wales 58.

 Primary
 Secondary

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  8. Land Act 1958 (VIC).

 Primary
 Secondary

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  9. Weerasooria, Wickrema S. and Ipp, D. A., Butterworths Business and Law Dictionary (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2nd ed, 2002).

 Primary
 Secondary

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  10. 'Defining Legal Work', (2004) 42(5) Law Society Journal : The Official Journal of the Law Society of New South Wales 63.

 Primary
 Secondary

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A good place to start looking for primary legal sources is the e-Resources subject guide to Law on the Western Sydney University Library website: http://subjectguides.library.westernsydney.edu.au/law.

View a demonstration on How to find law resources