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Legal Research

Legal dictionaries and encyclopedias

Legal dictionaries provide authoritative definitions of legal terms placed within their legal context. Dictionaries sometimes cite key cases and legislation which define terms. It is important to use a dictionary relevant to your jurisdiction.

Legal encyclopedias are a great starting place when researching an unfamiliar area of law. They provide an overview and history of the law, and list key legislation and cases.

More legal dictionaries and encyclopedias

To find more legal dictionaries and encyclopedias, search the Library collection, using a keyword search. For example:

keyword AND dictionar*

keyword AND encyclop*

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