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Legal Research Skills Guide: Books & ebooks


Textbooks provide essential background to a topic, contextualise the topic within a broader area of law and identify and examine issues in the law.

Books are an invaluable source of information for legal research. Books can provide you with

  • an in-depth understanding of a particular practice area, topic or concept
  • relevant case references
  • relevant legislation references
  • relevant journal references.

Some books are available as both e-books and in print, while others may only be available in one format.

The library also has law e-books. You can find these in Primo Search by doing a keyword search on an area of law, then, using the limiters on the left hand side of the page, limit your results to Books and Available Online. You can also change the date range of the results to show more recent publications.

It is important to make sure any books or e-books you are using refer to the correct jurisdiction.

Activity #10 - Finding eBooks in Primo Search

 Using Primo Search, find the ebook called Criminal Law Guidebook: New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia published in 2016.