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Key Legal Databases

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.

Key legal databases
WestlawAU logo 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.
LexisNexisAU logo Lexis Advance Pacific 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 Logo CCH IntelliConnect Includes a range of subject-specific law reports, journals, commentaries and newsletters.‚Äč
Austlii logo AustLII Includes an extensive collection of unreported judgments, legislation (including point-in-time NSW Acts), treaties, journals and law reform reports.

Legal Resources Online



Visit the Laws of Other Nations page on this Guide here

Australia's Legal System

In Australia, there are two parts to the legal system:

  • Legislation - made by Parliament
  • Common Law (also known as Case Law or Judge-made law):
    • where a judge will interpret the legislation if it is unclear; or
    • if there is no legislation, make a decision based on prior cases (known as precedents).

Check out the material below to broaden your outlook on Australia's legal system.

Wheelers ebooks

Access to Wheelers ebooks is via a Single Sign On using your MQ OneID.

AGLC4 - Legal Referencing Module

In conjunction with the Macquarie University Law School, the Library has created the Legal Referencing Module.  This great tool lets you see how various types of materials are footnoted, how your bibliographies should look, and generally helps you understand what the AGLC style is all about.  There is even a quiz at the end for testing your knowledge.

Here are two ways to get to the Legal Referencing Module:

1.  Use the block in your Law iLearn Unit to click through to the Module:

Click this block in your ilearn unit to access the AGLC4 Legal Referencing Module


2. Access StudyWISE through your iLearn Unit as shown in the steps below.

1. Search for the StudyWISE unit and self-enrol


2.  On your iLearn Home page you will find the StudyWISE link under Student Support 

3. In StudyWISE look for the 'Writing in your discipline' block and choose AGLC4 referencing under What's inside?:

Rockpool image for block titled "writing in your discipline".  Click on What's inside for access to AGLC4 referencing module

Quick links for Students

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Quick links for Researchers

Use the links below for further assistance with your research

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