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Researching Secondary Law Sources

Lexis Advance

CaseBase via Lexis Advance.

Casebase, one of the many products on Lexis Advance Pacific, is another major Australian database that should always be consulted in your legal research.

Searching both AGIS Plus Text and CaseBase is an important step to ensure you have the most comprehensive information possible.

Accessing CaseBase Journal Articles

Select 'CaseBase Journals Articles' and 'Advanced Search' from the publications list on the Lexis Advance homepage:

Searching CaseBase Journal Articles

Here's an example of how you can search in CaseBase Journals.

Note the 'truncation' symbol is a !. This will find the word with a variety of endings e.g. contract, contracts, contractual etc.

Also, rather than AND between the terms, we have used w/p. This ensures the terms are within the same paragraph.

search: contract! w/p offer!










Check out the list of Terms and Connectors in CaseBase Journals.









CaseBase results

You can narrow your results using the filters in the left panel. For example you can choose a jurisdiction, or a date range.

You can also add more terms to your current search, or change how your results are sorted (using the drop down menu on the right).

filter panel .  Sort results

CaseBase record

Your results are listed in the centre of the screen. You can add them to a folder to keep your results organised.
Click on the title of the article to look at the CaseBase record.








The CaseBase record for a journal article provides you with the citation of the article, the authors, catchwords (like subject headings) and a digest (similar to an abstract), also possibly cases and legislation considered by the article.

The full text of the article may be linked from the CaseBase record. If not, you will need to look up the title of the journal or the article on the library website. See Finding journal articles.

journal record