This guide is designed to help you find and evaluate legal information.
Below are some resources to help you get started. On the left you will find links to legal resources and useful information.
Understanding the Australian legal system is key to effective legal research. This guide has videos on how the Australian parliament creates laws and how courts interpret and develop laws.
(Video courtesy of Latrobe University.)
Primary sources of law are laws made by parliament or cases decided in the courts of law.
Legal research can be daunting. By following the steps listed in yellow below you can become effective at legal research.
(Image courtesy of University of Queensland Library, 2017)
(Courtesy of the University of Queensland Library, 2017)
A Boolean search is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers) such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results.
AND is inclusive and limits your search. For example you can search "puppy" AND "kitten" to obtain materials that have both terms.
OR usually broadens your search results. For example you can search "puppy" OR "kitten" to obtain all materials that include either one or both of the terms.
NOT will exclude specific search terms and so the query will not return any results with that term (or terms) in them. If you search "puppy" NOT "kitten" you will retrieve all the materials that have puppy but no materials that have both kitten and puppy.
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