Legal commentary can provide an overview of the legal issue or topic being researched, provide details on how the cases and legislation relate, and can point out the importance of cases and legislation.
Sources include textbooks, legal dictionaries, legal encyclopaedias and commentary services to familiarise yourself with the background of your topic.
Journal articles provide more depth of analysis and opinion and are especially useful when writing essays and undertaking research.
(Jay Sanderson and Kim Kelly (eds), A Practical Guide to Legal Research (Lawbook, 3rd ed, 2014) 117.
Legal encyclopaedias enable the researcher to identify key legal principles as well as providing lists of legislation and case law on a topic. References can include articles and papers written on a topic. Both Halsbury's Laws of Australia and The Laws of Australia can be searched or browsed.
NOTE: Always check the currency date of entries in HLA and TLA and update case law and legislation as required.
Journal articles are an excellent source when researching legal topics or issues and can also point researchers to key cases or legislation. Journal articles provide more depth of analysis and opinion and are especially useful when writing essays and undertaking research.
See the "Articles and Journals" tab in this guide.