This guide is designed to support students undertaking legal studies and contribute to developing research skills in Australian law schools.
Legal Research Skills: An Australian Guide is organised into four parts:
- Part 1: Research Skills introduces the concept of legal research, identifies the key sources of legal information, and the importance of researching strategically.
- Part 2: Case Law provides an introduction on how to locate cases by citation or topic, and judge a case’s reliability.
- Part 3: Legislation helps students learn about the parliamentary process, how to find legislation and the materials used for statutory interpretation.
- Part 4: Secondary Sources focuses on the role of secondary sources in legal research.
This guide is general in nature and is designed to be institution neutral. The guide is shared under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 licence and can be adopted as is or adapted and localised for specific Australian Universities, law libraries and/or law schools. The 2023 edition of this guide primarily includes examples from the Queensland, Victorian and Commonwealth jurisdictions but it is envisioned that this resource will be updated regularly and expanded to include examples from all other Australian jurisdictions in the future.
This guide is a cloned version of Legal Research Skills: An Australian Guide (2023 Edition), used under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 licence. It was first published using the Council of Australian University Librarians Open Educational Resources Collective Pressbooks platform. The guide adapts content from UQ’s Legal Research Essentials, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 licence.
It may differ from the original.
- The University of Queensland
- James Cook University
- The University of Southern Queensland
- Charles Darwin University
- Southern Cross University
- Queensland University of Technology
- Deakin University.