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Assignment Support

Need assignment help? 

  • Mondays, 3.00-4.00pm Thursdays, 10.30-11.30am in weeks 3-13, during Semester 1, 2020 (Location: JO 2.128) - No appointment needed.
    Run by your Senior Learning Adviser and Librarian, who can assist with assignment research, finding credible academic articles, using databases, academic writing skills, and referencing. Bring along your Unit Plan and any other assignment instructions.
  • Book an appointment with the Senior Learning Adviser, for assignment writing advice: 
  • Contact ECU Library for assistance with assignment research, using databases and referencing:
  • Also - Check the ECU Academic Skills Centre for opening times

Research Tips

  • Legal materials are categorised into Primary and Secondary sources:
    • Primary legal materials are written RECORDS OF the law. This includes both legislation and case law.
    • Secondary legal materials are resources ABOUT the law. This includes discussions or legal commentary about sentencing decisions and remarks by Judges, such as:
      • Books, digests, journal articles, law reports, loose-leaf publications and online services;
      • Reference tools, which help find the law (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, guides and directories).
  • Extrinsic Materials will also be referred to in the context of legislation, and are used to assist in interpreting the meaning and intent of  legislation.  For example: Parliamentary debates (Hansard) - explanatory memoranda, reports of law reform commissions, parliamentary committee reports and second reading speeches.

  • Visit ECU's Law Library (Joondalup Campus - Building 31, level 4) to access printed law reports, legal encyclopaedia and books.

Databases - Australian Legal Research

Legal Research Gateways

eBooks / Books

Laying Down the Law

Robin Creyke, David Hamer, Patrick O'Mara, Belinda Smith and Tristan Taylor (LexisNexis Butterworths, 10th ed, 2017) [ebook]
Call Number: 340.072094 CRE [print]

A Practical Guide to Legal Research

Jay Sanderson and Kim Kelly (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2107) [ebook]
Call number: 340.072 SAN [print]

Connecting with Law

Michelle Sanson and Thalia Anthony (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2014) [print]
Call Number: 347.94 SAN

Understanding the Australian Legal System

John Carvan (Thomson Reuters, 7th ed, 2014) [print]
Call Number: 349.94 CAR

Becoming a Lawyer: Success at Law School

Michael Brogan and David Spencer (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2014) [print]
Call Number: 340.071194 BRO

Plain Language for Lawyers

Michle Asprey (Federation Press, 4th ed, 2010) [ebook]
Call Number: 808.06634 ASP [print]

Piesse - The Elements of Drafting

J. K. Aitken and Peter Butt (Lawbook Co., 10th ed, 2004) [print]
Call Number: 808.06634 AIT

Law Guides - Other Universities

Legal Advice

Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre - Joondalup Office
Edith Cowan University
Building 1, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027
Phone: (08) 9301 4413
Fax: (08) 9301 4426

Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.