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This guide is essential for every law student. Learn how to undertake legal research using quick and simple methods.

Welcome to the Law Research Guide 

Use this guide to learn the simple methods you can use to undertake legal research.


What is legal research? 

Legal research is all about finding the evidence. Using evidence will support your arguments, statements and analysis with authority. Many law assignments will have a legal research component. 


Why should I learn it? 

Learning how to undertake legal research is an essential skill for law students. Learning how to search, find and select resources will help you find the best quality evidence in the least amount of time. Legal research skills will not only be valuable through your studies, they are skills that you can use in your current or future professional roles. 


How do I learn to do legal research? 

Start by using this guide, each page will introduce you to a new topic. On this guide you will be able to read about the principles of legal research, you will be able to watch video demonstrations of searching and you will be able to try practical activities. Legal research is a  practical skill, so the more you practice the more experience and skill you will have. 


What will I learn from this guide? 

This guide will give you the basic legal research skills. By working through this guide you will learn;

  • Fundamental research skills such as how to pick out keywords and plan your research.
  • How to start researching a new area of law that you know nothing about. 
  • How to find case law by browsing, searching by case name, citation, or keywords. 
  • How to find other material based a case, such as a journal article. 
  • How to find out if a case is still good law.
  • How to find legislation both current and historical.
  • How to research and located secondary sources, you will know how to find a book, a journal article or a report. 
  • How to critically evaluate legal resources, you will get skills to select the best resources from a sea of information. 
  • Approaches to undertaking an assignment in law units such as case notes, essays, problem solving and exams.
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