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Primary v secondary sources

You will come across two types of sources when researching law.

Primary sources are the documentation that sets out the law:

  • case law (decisions of courts)
  • legislation (Acts of Parliament, subordinate legislation including Regulations & Rules)

Secondary sources are those that help us find and understand primary sources:

  • commentary services
  • dictionaries & encyclopedias
  • journal articles
  • books
  • indexes & digests
  • government publications

Research Librarian

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Jaime Royals
Law Library, Ligertwood Building, The University of Adelaide, S.A. 5005 AUSTRALIA
8313 5348

Where are we?

The Law Library is located in the Ligertwood Building on the ground floor and lower ground floor. View the campus map.