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Law: Getting Started


Welcome to the guide for Law.

Each section of this guide contains collections, search tools, suggested resources and assistance to help you with your research and studies in this field. This page will get you started with the legal research process.

If you are new to legal research you should also work through the Legal Research Skills Guide


Legal Research Process

In general, when starting your legal research, it's good to start in the secondary resource and then proceed to the primary resources.

Throughout your law degree at Charles Sturt University, you'll use the IRAC method when structuring your answers to legal problems. The Legal Research Method chart below shows you where the Library resources (primary & secondary) fit into the IRAC method. Using secondary resources in the "Gather background information" stage will help you when writing your assessment tasks, you'll be better equipped to explain the relevant law with supporting materials.