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Staying Current - Law

Guide on staying up to date with the law

Keeping up to date

The law is constantly changing and it can be difficult to keep up with what's new in your area. There are several tools (free and paid) to help you keep up to date including news services, social media and alerting services on databases.

In this Guide we explore a range of resources to assist you to consider what current awareness services are most relevant for you. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list and will be updated from time to time by our librarians.


What to consider

Many databases enable you to set up an "alert" to be run for you automatically. For example, if you want to see any new case mentioning "Intellectual Property," you could create an alert to run the search on your behalf regularly (e.g. once a week) and email results to you.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to a newsletter or a blog produced by someone who will choose the important stories in an area. For instance, if you subscribe to The Australian or The Conversation, you will see the stories selected and produced by their reporters and editors.

Each of the options above has a number of pro and cons. It is useful to consider your research information needs when considering how to stay current, for instance would a search alert or edited report better suit your needs. The Gallagher Law Library have an excellent Guide to help you think about your Researcher Information Needs.


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