Answered By: Alisha Nolan
Last Updated: 19 Jun 2017     Views: 94

Go to the Library Subject Guides and select "Law"

Once you are in the Law Subject Guide, hover over the Primary Materials tab and select "Find Case Law"

Case law databases are listed under "Find case law (online)".

Westlaw AU

Once you are in Westlaw AU, click on Cases in the left hand menu.

1.     Find cases by Keywords

Enter keywords into the Free Text search box.
e.g. negligent misrepresentation
Click Search.

2.     Find Cases by Case Name or Party Name
Enter case name or party name into the Case Title/Party Name search box.
e.g. Chong v Commissioner of Taxation
Click Search.

3.     Find cases by Citation
Enter the citation into the Citation search box.
e.g. 55 FCR 452
Click Search.


LexisNexis AU

Click on LexisNexis AU from the list of databases, then accept the licence agreement by clicking on "Link to LexisNexis AU".

1.     Find cases by Citation 
Enter the citation into the "Case by name or citation" search box.
e.g. (2001) 183 ALR 1
Click Find.

2.     Find Cases by Name
Enter case name into the "Case by name or citation" search box.
e.g. Ali v Hartley Poynton Ltd 
Click Find.

3.     Find cases by Topic
Go to the Explore by Topic tab.
Check the box next to the relevant topic. Topic headings can be expanded to find subtopics.
e.g. Defamation (subtopic) under Torts & Civil Liabilities.
Select Case Law from the Select Source Types list on the right hand menu.
Enter additional search terms (optional) - e.g. online.
Click Search.
See video below for more detailed instructions.


CCH IntelliConnect

Once you are in CCH IntelliConnect, you can either search or browse areas of law to find cases.

1.   Search

Enter search terms/keywords in to the Search/Browse search box.
e.g. negligence
Click Search.
The results screen will display all available document types. To find cases only, click on by Document Type from the left hand menu and select Cases.

2.   Browse

On the home screen, use the left hand menu to navigate to a particular area of law.
Cases in a particular area will be listed as a subtopic
e.g. Occupational Health & Safety > Australian Work Health and Safety Law - Cases

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