Recommended reading



  • 1. Terry Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law (2nd ed, 2006) 229–344 (provides a checklist of research tools, coverage notes, and tips on using the research tools according to your research task, such as finding cases on a subject, finding legislation on a subject, finding explanatory memoranda, etc)
  • 2. Catriona Cook et al, Laying Down the Law (6th ed, 2005) 302–319 (searching secondary sources), 320–341 (searching for case law), and 342–380 (searching for legislation) (provides step-by-step instructions on how to use research tools like Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Laws of Australia, Australian Current Law, etc)


  • 1. UK Centre for Legal Education, Teaching Legal Research (2nd ed, 2006), Table 3: Checklist of Materials ( (pdf, 65kb)
  • 2. Terry Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law (2nd ed, 2006) 345–363 (England); 413–434 (European Union)
  • 3. Marian Robertson et al, Legal Research Skills (2nd revised ed, 2007) (Scots law)
  • 4. Guy Holburn and George Engle, Butterworths Legal Research Guide (2nd revised ed, 2001) (includes quick reference guide on textbooks, cases, legislation, and searching for other sources; chapter on law outside England and Wales)
  • 5. PA Thomas and John Knowles, Effective Legal Research (5th revised ed, 2006) (step-by-step instructions for Halsbury's, Current Law, Hansard, and other reference works; includes how to research EU and ECHR materials)
  • 6. Peter Clinch, Using a Law Library: A Student's Guide to Legal Research (2nd revised ed, 2001) (England, Wales, European Community, Scotland, European human rights law)


  • 1. Joanne DS Armstrong and Christopher A Knott, Where the Law is: An Introduction to Advanced Legal Research(2nd ed, 2006)
  • 2. Morris L Cohen, Legal Research in a Nutshell(9th ed, 2007) (popular series for law students, covers the research process, case law sources, Constitutions and statutes, legislative information, administrative law, court rules, topical research sources, international law, reference resources, state research guides, looseleaf and electronic services)
  • 3. Steven Elias and Susan Levinkind, Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law (14th ed, 2007) (reputable and popular publisher of legal self-help guides for laypeople)
  • 4. Terry Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law (2nd ed, 2006) 386–412 (Australian book providing a checklist of US resources)
  • 5. Christina L Kunz et al, The Process of Legal Research
  • 6. Roy M Mersky and Donald J Dunn, Fundamentals of Legal Research (8th ed, 2002); Legal Research Illustrated (abridged version, includes exercises) (8th ed, 2002) (law school textbook, thorough coverage including primary and secondary sources such as encyclopedias, including American Jurisprudence; treatises; legal periodicals; American Law Reports Annotated; Restatements; case law reporters and digests; case citators; codes; legislative history; regulations; rules of procedure; state and municipal resources; looseleaf services; uniform law and model Acts; Internet resources)
  • 7. Dana Neacsu, Introduction to US Law and Legal Research (2005)
  • 8. Amy E Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies (3 ed, 2006)

Table 55: Recommended reading on using non-electronic sources

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