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Legal Research Methods

This guide provides access to major Australian legal resources. It also provides tips on searching for different types of legal resources.


Use legal encyclopedias when you are starting your research, to find the major legislation and cases in an area of law. The two Australian legal encyclopedias are Halsbury's Laws of Australia and The Laws of Australia.

In LexisNexisAU, select Sources, then Halsbury's Laws of Australia.

In Westlaw AU go to The Laws of Australia


In LexisNexisAU, under the Dictionaries tab, select Sources then Australian Legal Words & Phrases.