What are PRIMARY resources? Primary legal documents are cases, statutes (laws), regulations and parliamentary materials such as bills and debates (Hansard).
What are SECONDARY resources? Legal commentary, or secondary sources, include encyclopedias, books and articles on your topic. Unless you already know the specific case or piece of legislation you need, it is often simplest to start with a secondary source, particularly one written by a legal expert. An article or book of authority (textbook) will usually point you to key cases or legislation.
Some of the Library's legal resources, such as Quicklaw and Lawsource, include both primary and secondary information.
The Library has developed Citation Style Guides. Please verify with your instructor which format (and edition) he/she prefers.
The following guides are published by other universities and authoritative institutions. Please note that UOIT students may not have access to all resources. Please see library staff if you have any questions.