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Legal Research Skills Guide: Getting Started

Legal research

Good legal research skills are essential for law students and for practicing lawyers. This guide will help you develop your legal research skills and locate law resources available through Charles Sturt University Library.

This guide will cover:

  • Legal research process
  • Library skills
  • Secondary sources
  • Case law
  • Legislation
  • Referencing in law

You can work through the guide from beginning to end by using the 'next' links at the bottom of each page. As you progress through the guide, look out for the activity symbols. 



Completing these exercises will help you develop your legal research skills. The answers are available with each task.

Introduction to legal sources

Using the Library at Charles Sturt

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All of the resources mentioned in this skills guide are accessible through the Law Library Resource Guide. Bookmark this guide so you have easy access throughout your studies. Have a look at the Area of Law tab in the guide to find some good resources relevant to the subject you are studying.


You can access facilities from all six campuses. If you live near one of our campuses, take advantage of the facilities in the 24/7 Learning Commons spaces. Online students can access our online collections and use Primo Search to place requests for hardcopy items.

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