There are a number of databases available at Macquarie University Library for researching legal issues. Throughout the Library Guides on this page you will become familiar with the main four databases that are commonly used and have a long history publishing legal research materials.
|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.|
|AustLII Includes an extensive collection of unreported judgments, legislation (including point-in-time NSW Acts), treaties, journals and law reform reports.|
The table below is a quick reference guide for finding different types of Australian legal resources online. Use the International Law guide to find International legal resources.
|Type of information||Where to access|
|Case Law - Published Law Reports|
|Case Law - Unreported Judgments|
|Case Law - Digests/Citators|
|Legislation - full-text|
|Legislation - Annotators|
|Forms & Precedents|
Use the links below for further assistance with your research
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