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Guide to Online Legal Research

Finding legal abbreviations

Legal abbreviations are often used to identify legal publications such as law reports and journals. Use one of the following tools to interpret the abbreviation and then you can search the SCU Library catalogue to check for the location of the publication.

Finding judicial consideration of legal words and phrases

  1. Go to Lexis Advance Research.
  2. Click on CaseBase Cases under the Publications list.
  3. Click on Go to Advanced Search.
  4. You will be taken to the CaseBase search form.
  5. In the Words and Phrases Judicially Considered box, enter a legal word/phrase.
  6. Select Jurisdiction if required.
  7. Click on Search.
  8. A list of cases that have judicially defined the legal word/phrase will be displayed.
  1. Go to Westlaw AU.
  2. Click on FirstPoint under Search Templates.
  3. You will be taken to the FirstPoint search form.
  4. In the Words & Phrases search box, enter a legal word/phrase.
  5. Select a Jurisdiction/Judgment Date if required.
  6. Click on Search.
  7. A list of cases that have judicially defined the legal word/phrase will be displayed.

FirstPoint Record Guide

Finding definitions of legal words and phrases

  1. Go to Lexis Advance Research.
  2. Click on the link to View all AU Publications under the 'Publications' list.
  3. Browse in the alphabetical list for 'Australian Legal Words & Phrases'.
  4. Click on the link to Table of Contents-Australian Legal Words & Phrases.
  5. Enter term/s into the Search box.
  6. Click on the Search.
  1. Go to Westlaw AU.
  2. Click on The Laws of Australia under Search Templates.
  3. The Laws of Australia search form will be displayed.
  4. Enter keyword/s or phrase in the Words & Phrases search box.
  5. If you know the subject area, check the box next to your subject area in the left hand panel.
  6. Click on Search.
  7. If required, you can refine your results by entering additional keywords in the Refine your Search box, or by selecting a relevant option from the Filter your Search section (click on the + sign next to the relevant filter).
  1. Go to Lexis Advance Research.
  2. Click on Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary under the Publications list.
  3. Click on Go to Advanced Search.
  4. In the Defined Terms box, enter search term/s.
  5. Click on Search.

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