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Law Search Guide: Get ready for my first semester

This guide will show you how to search a law topic using quick and simple methods.

What should I do before the start of the semester?

 Look at the New to CDU Guide

The New to CDU guide will give you information that all students need. Including:

  1. Activating your student account 
  2. Finding your student number 
  3. Getting your student card 
                             Set up your tech 
  1.  Check your student email account, check it for correspondence from CDU. 
  2. Set up Microsoft Office 365, on your personal computer this will give you access to software that you will need to study including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.   
  3. Login to Learnline to access your learning materials, live classes, lecture recordings, and other information. 
                              Find out if your unit has a textbook
Most law units will have a prescribed or recommended textbook, see what textbook you need by searching the bookshop or reading your unit information. You may need to purchase a textbook from the bookshop, some textbooks will available as eBooks via Library Search
                             Orientate yourself to the Library
The Library will be your guide by your side throughout your law studies. Somethings you will need to know include;
  1. The Library Website- The website will give you access to a huge online collection of eBooks, books, and journal articles that will be essential to your study. Use Library Seach, the main search box, to search the majority of the Library's collection. 
  2. Borrowing- Your student card is your Library Card, you can borrow from any of the campus libraries, or if you live away from campus you can borrow via Distance Library Services.
  3.  Assessment help- The Library can help you with understanding your assignment topics, finding information, writing, and referencing. There are two services that can help you:
    • Librarians- help with finding and referencing. 
    • Language and Learning Support- help with study skills and writing.  
  4. Workshops- The Library offers a range of different workshops throughout the year to help you with your study.  
  5. Opening hours- Campus Libraries are available to help you in-person and online. They also offer printing, scanning, and photocopying facilities, and spaces to book, or spaces to study. 
                              Download for free or purchase a hard copy of the AGLC
The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) is the legal referencing style used at CDU. You can access an online copy or you can purchase a copy through the bookshop.
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