This guide describes and links to primary and secondary legal research resources for completing course assignments. Not sure about the difference between primary and secondary - see below!
Use this guide as a starting point for your research BUT if you can't find what you need, see the Research Help page of this guide.
Andrew Nicholson, Coordinator of GIS & Data Services, UTM Library,
Primary sources in a legal research context encompass texts which "establish the law". These include:
Secondary sources in a legal research context encompass texts that either a) summarize and/or comment on the law or b) act as finding tools to locate relevant primary sources on a given topic. Secondary research sources can be useful starting points for legal research as they provide overviews of a legal topic. However, as they are interpretative in nature, it is important to link back to the primary legal sources they cite.
Examples of secondary sources include:
Much of the content here has been adapted from The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide (2018 CanLIIDocs 161), available at: https://bit.ly/3jfKmi9.