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Legal Research: Get Started

What is a Primary source? Primary sources (or primary documents) are legal documents like legislation, cases, statutes (laws), regulations, parliamentary materials (bills, debates).

What is a Secondary source? Secondary sources are materials that discuss primary sources. This could include legal dictionaries or encyclopedias, books and articles.

Unless you are already familiar with the case or legislation you are researching it is often to begin with secondary sources as they will often cite relevant primary sources. Secondary sources also provide an expert's insights into your topic.

Citation Style Guides

Please verify with your professor what citation style and version is preferred.

Legal Terminology

Writing and Communication Centre

Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) drop-in hours

Spring term 2018

May 7, 2018 to July 27, 2018


Dana Porter
  • Monday to Friday 11am - 2pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday 4pm - 6pm
Davis Centre
  • Monday to Thursday 1pm - 4pm

The Writing and Communication Centre also offers pre-booked appointments:


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Sarah Brown
Dana Porter Library
Main Floor
519-888-4567 ext. 31987