Legal Research Guide


Want key resources to make your legal researching life easier? Here they are! The library has developed a set of guides to give you a helping hand.


Step 1: The Law Guide

The Law guide is your starting point. This guide will assist you to locate relevant resources for your study and research.  It provides guidance on how to use sources and their relevance. It even has help pages for specific units, which have been developed in collaboration with your unit chairs.


Step 2: Legal Abbreviations Guide 

Legal Abbreviations are a short-hand way of citing and identifying the various legal publications and courts. The Legal Abbreviations guide walks you through the maze of abbreviations you will come across in your degree. It guides you through the abbreviations of the most commonly used Law Reports, Journal titles and Medium Neutral Citations. With links to the Deakin Library Catalogue it provides an easy way to identify the meaning of an abbreviation, and to quickly locate either Deakin University Library’s print or online holdings! Still want more? Check out the links to more comprehensive abbreviation lists such as Monash University’s and Cardiff University’s.


Step 3: Researching Guides

There are three ‘researching’ guides, to help guide you through the legal research process. Researching Case LawResearching Legislation, and Researching Secondary Law Sources.

Need to find a case when you only have the case name? Need a reminder on how to search FirstPoint? The Researching Case Law guide is the one for you.

Perhaps you need to find the Explanatory Memorandum for a Bill? Or look for commentary on a specific section of an Act? Try the Researching Legislation guide.

Looking for journal articles? Which database should you choose? And what does WebBridge mean? Researching Secondary Law Sources will provide you with the answers.


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