Legal dictionaries explain legal words and phrases as legally defined in legislation and case law. They can be used to find preliminary information, synonyms and identify the area of law. They may also identify key primary resources and should be used as a first point of call in your legal research journey.
Whereas, encyclopedias provide brief descriptions on the areas of law and therefore, builds on your knowledge of the topic.
You can either browse the content headings, or select an area of law and do a keyword search to find relevant material on your topic.