1. Introduction to Secondary Sources

2. Textbooks

3. Legal Encyclopedias

4. Government Documents

5. Legal Dictionaries

Secondary Sources – Government Documents

Government agencies and bodies often issue publications, studies or critiques dealing with different legal areas and policies.

Government documents and reports are incredibly useful research tools since they often provide in-depth analysis and interpretation of key statutes, and offer critical examinations and explanations of the judicial reasoning behind important rulings.

Law reform commission reports generally provide an overview of a specific legal area, generally but not always, at the request of governments, and issue recommendations for adjustments or changes to the law.

Another important source that is commonly consulted by legal researchers and political analysts is Hansard, the official reporter of the debates of the House of Commons, the Senate of Canada, and the provincial and territorial legislative assemblies.

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