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Locating information resources

Law Sources

Once you understand the task of writing a research essay you may now want to search for identifying relevant:

  • secondary materials (eg, journal articles and books) then 
  • primary materials (eg, statutory provisions, professional Rules and case law).


Consider the additional literature relevant to your topic.

  1. Identify the types of sources you will need to find, e.g. you may need to search for peer-reviewed journal articles, books or book chapters, conference papers, and relevant websites. 
  2. Identify your keywords and refine your search terms. Use the Finding the right information page to see how to do this.
  3. Identify which databases are most relevant for your topic. Check out the law datatabases

Library search

Library Search on the QUT Library homepage is a great place to start looking for books and articles on a topic. 

Subjects: Law