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Key Legal Databases

Westlaw AU

Includes the case citator FirstPoint, the encylopaedia Laws of Australia, as well as a range of law reports, unreported judgments, journals and commentary.

LexisNexis AU

Includes the case citator CaseBase, the encyclopaedia Halsbury's Laws of Australia, as well as a range of law reports, unreported judgments, journals and commentary.

CCH IntelliConnect

Includes a range of subject-specific law reports, journals, commentaries and newsletters.


Includes full-text legislation from all Australian jurisdictions as well as point-in-time legislation for a range of subjects.

Federal Register of Legislation

Includes authorised versions of Commonwealth principal Acts, amending Acts and delegated legislation


Includes an extensive collection of unreported judgments, legislation (including point-in-time NSW Acts), treaties, journals and law reform reports.

Find these and more: Law Research databases.

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About this guide

Welcome to the Library's Law LibGuide. This guide provides you with a starting point for legal research. It includes information on:

  • Getting started
  • Finding legislation
  • Finding cases
  • Finding Bills and extrinsic material
  • Finding legal commentary
  • Finding Gazettes and government documents
  • Choosing the right database
  • Finding recommended readings
  • Assignment help
  • Referencing basics
  • How to cite

Click on the tabs at the top of the guide to view each page.



If the title of the law report or journal is abbreviated, you will need to find the full title before searching the Library Catalogue.

Useful legal abbreviation indexes include:

Australian courts use a system of Medium Neutral Citation to identify judgments. Each court has an 'identifier' or abbreviation that is used in these citations. The list below will help you find the full court name:

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