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Law: Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are legal materials containing discussions about the law or legal commentary. 
Materials include: Journal articles, books, digests, legal encyclopaedia, loose-leaf publications, extrinsic materials (about legislation) and online services.

What are Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles?

  • Scholarly or peer-reviewed or refereed journals are academic-quality publications, which disseminate research findings. Journals have a consistent cover title, are published at regular intervals, and contain specific, up-to-date articles, written by experts. Students are expected to use these journal articles when researching an assignment.

By contrast, trade publications are published to keep professionals up-to-date and magazines are published for the general public. These do not go through a peer-review process.

The main databases containing legal journal articles are:


The following multidisciplinary journal article databases may also be helpful in your research:

The Law Topic Resources pages provide details of ebooks/books related to specific areas of law.

You can also search for ebooks / books about the law in ECU's Library catalogue.

  • Filter your search results to ebooks by selecting ebook under the 'Format' filters.

Other useful ebook collections, include:

Extrinsic materials assist with understanding the intent and interpretation of legislation, and include:

The Law Library of Victoria provides a useful list of sources for Explanatory Memoranda: