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Researching Case Law

Getting started with researching case law

This introductory legal research guide will help you to get started with researching for case law.

Read through the outlines below to learn what is covered in each section of this guide. You can navigate to these sections via the menu on the left.


 Research Overview:  This section provides general guidance on how to undertake a systematic approach to legal research.  It contains useful short videos on:

  • Identifying your search terms
  • Information searching techniques
  • Evaluating information sources

 Case Law Overview: This guide provides a brief overview on how case law is a primary source of law. 



 Case Citators: A case citator is an index of cases containing a brief summary of the case. This section provides step-by-step instructions on how to undertake research in Australian case citator databases.


 Find Cases: This section provides step-by-step instructions on how to research for Australian, UK and US cases.Image of computer screen



 Law Reports & Unreported Judgments: A comprehensive overview of the case law lifecycle, from unreported judgment format through to being published in an authorised law report. 


 Abbreviations Overview: A brief overview of understanding legal abbreviations to law reports and law journal titles.



 Citing Cases: Examples on how to reference cases using the AGLC4 referencing style.