Reference sources are resources used to locate basic information and secondary literature.
There are many types of reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, handbooks, guides, and style manuals.
They are a fantastic places to begin your research, especially if you are exploring a new topic.
Reference sources can help you to:
define your topic in general terms
find background information, including themes and key points
identify keywords and alternative terms for conceptualising your subject, and for database searching.
Legal encylopaedias are a good starting point to find primary sources on a topic. They will help you to identify the key legal principles, discuss the historical background, refer to relevant cases and legislation, and may provide references to other writings on the subject.
This legal encyclopaedia provides an overview of Australian law. The commentary on principles of law includes references to Australian legislation and cases. Hyperlinks are embedded to LawNow Legislation, Australian Current Law, CaseBase, and numerous case report series providing access to full text judgments.
A legal encyclopaedia of legal principles covering every Australian jurisdiction. It provides references to Australian legislation and cases.
16.1. General Principles of Evidence
16.2. Proof in Civil Cases
16.3. Proof in Criminal Cases
16.5. Documentary Evidence
16.6. Computer Produced Evidence
16.7. Privilege and Public Interest Immunity