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Legal Resources : Secondary Sources

Guide to Library resources available at the U. of Lethbridge Library related to Legal topics.

Encyclopedias, Legal - Examples

Guide to Family Law in Alberta

About Secondary Legal Research Sources

  • Books, e-books, law reports, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and journal articles are considered secondary legal sources. They often provide valuable contextual information.
  • Consult these secondary legal resources for clarification of terms and concepts as well as explanations of the law and how it is interpreted.
  • Beginning your research with secondary sources can be useful in pointing out relevant cases and legislation.
  • Secondary sources, written by legal experts, provide useful analysis of a laws scope and impact.

Legal Casebooks & E-Books - Examples

Casebooks contain excepts from cases, reviews and other sources useful in a specific area of law.

SEARCH TIP: Include keyword term "casebook" when using Library discovery tools (e.g., Summon search, catalogue).

Law Reports

Law reports are compilations of judicial opinions for case law. Judicial opinions include the rationale and principals or explanation of a judges ruling in a particular case. In Canada each province has an official report series. The Federal Court, Tax Court and Supreme Court of Canada also have their own report series.

Search for law reports using the following subject headings:


Journal articles discuss primary sources of law such as legislation and legal cases. They often provide explanations and analysis of a law or case's scope and impact.

  • Some journal titles focus on particular jurisdictions such as the Alberta Law Review, while others focus on particular topics within law such as the Human Rights Law Review.
  • There are many law journals available through various databases at the University of Lethbridge Library.


Summon Search for Books, e-Books, Articles & Videos

Dictionaries, Legal -- Examples [Online]

Dictionaries, Legal -- Examples [Print]