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This guide provides you with links to online resources for Law
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Key Law Databases

Find these databases and others under the Primary Materials tab of this guide.

UCanFind is NOT able to search within these key legal databases -

Westlaw AU,Westlaw International, HeinOnline,, LexisNexis AU, CCH Australia IntelliConnect, Federal Register of Legislation, Lawlex, Tax and Accounting Online

To find cases, journal articles, or other materials within these databases, you will need to access the databases directly using the below links or the links on the Primary Materials tab of this guide.

  • LexisNexis AU (Australia)  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Platform for Australian material.

    Includes Halsbury's Laws of Australia, CaseBase, Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents and LawNow Legislation.
  • LexisNexis Practical Guidance  Icon
    LexisNexis Practical Guidance provides guidance, primary law, precedents, forms and excerpts from LexisNexis commentary.

    The practice area modules available on LexisNexis Practical Guidance for UC Students are:
    - Business Law
    - Corporations Law
    - Employment Law
    - Family Law
  • CCH IntelliConnect (Wolters Kluwer)  Icon  Icon
    Collection of formerly loose-leaf publications in corporations law, credit, family, tax, trade practices, OH&S, sales, torts...

    Includes Australian Master Tax Guide.
  • Westlaw AU  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Covers case law and journals, legislation and commentaries, encyclopaedias and news, including:
    Laws of Australia
    Australian Digest
    Australian Legal Monthly Digest
    Principles of the Law of Trusts (Ford & Lee)
  • Westlaw  Icon  Icon
    Access to U.S., U.K. and other International Primary and Secondary law materials.

    See help link (?) for help with finding non-USA content.
  • Federal Register of Legislation  Icon  Icon
    Authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationships between them. This website incorporates all content previously published on ComLaw.
  • Lawlex Premium  Icon  Icon
    Lawlex provides access to Australian legislation (State & Federal) hosted on selected government Web sites plus links to related material. The database also has search facilities allowing access to bill commencement information, bill tracking and regulatory news bulletins.

    In the "University of Canberra Access" box, select: login as the University of Canberra Research User.
  • Checkpoint (Thomson Reuters)  Icon  Icon
    (Previously Tax & Accounting Online) Legislation, rulings, commentary, analysis, handbooks, guides, etc of all aspects of tax in Australia.
  • Kluwer Arbitration  Icon
    A resource concerned with international arbitration research. It contains a collection of full text primary materials as well as commentary from expert authors.
  • Capital Monitor (Lexis Nexis)  Icon  Icon
    Capital Monitor provides news and information services from a range of resources involved the process of governing Australia. It includes information from Parliament, Government and the Courts, such as press releases, statements, transcripts, reports, legislation, tabled papers, treaties, gazettes, High Court judgments, decisions of the Federal Court and the AAT, and more
  • SNIPER (Searchable Networked Intellectual Property Electronic Resource) (Informit)  Icon  Icon
    Australian index to journal articles, conference papers, and other documents about copyright and intellectual property.
    Coverage: 2000 - present
  • HeinOnline  Icon
    HeinOnline provides access to almost 50 million pages of legal information.

    The collection is mostly international in focus (especially the United States), with access to legal resources such as: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Lib, amongst others.

Where is the Law Collection?

The majority of the University's Law materials are now made available online.  Physical materials supplement the online collection. 

The physical Law Library is on Level D of the Library, including books and journals, legislation, Hansards, and law reports.

Search the Library Catalogue to find online and physical resources for law.

Get started with Legal Research

It is best to start by looking at Secondary Materials such as books, journals, legal dictionaries and legal encyclopaedias.  These will provide you with an overview of a topic or area in law.  Use the tabs above to locate these sources.  You may then wish to search for Primary Materials, including legislation and case law, using the Primary Materials tab.  

These legal encyclopedias are an excellent Secondary source:


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