Answered By: Alisha Nolan
Last Updated: 30 May 2017     Views: 31

Legal Encyclopaedias provide definitions, explanations, background information, related legislation and cases in an area of law. Australian legal encyclopaedias can be accessed from the Law Subject Guide:

  • On the Library homepage, go to Subject GUides
  • Select Law, then go to the Online Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias tab.


Australian Law Dictionary (from Oxford Reference)

  1. In the Australian Law Dictionary, enter a search term in to the search box in the left hand menu (under the UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA heading) and click the magnifying glass icon to search - e.g. misstatement.
  2. Results are listed in the middle of the screen. Click on the relevant term to see the full definition.
  3. Definitions may include related legislation and key cases.


Laws of Australia (Westlaw AU)

  1. In Westlaw AU, select Encyclopaedia from the left hand menu.
  2. Use the search boxes to search for terms within the Laws of Australia Encyclopaedia - e.g. negligent misstatement.
  3. Alternatively, browse Laws of Australia Encyclopaedia by clicking on The Laws of Australia in the left hand menu  - E.g. Go to 33.Torts > 33.2 Negligence > Misstatements > Reliance.

Halsbury's Laws of Australia (LexisNexis AU)

  1. In LexisNexis AU, under the My Favourites section, select either Search or Browse next to Halsbury's Laws of Australia.
  2. SEARCH - enter search terms in to the Search Terms search box - e.g. negligent misstatement. You can refine your search by entering legislation titles or case titles in the relevant References to... search boxes.
  3. BROWSE - topics are listed alphabetically. Click on the + button to explore subtopics - e.g. 300. Negligence > (1) INTRODUCTION - NEGLIGENCE > [300-1]. General.

Further instructions on searcing and browsing Halsbury's Laws of Australia are available in the video below.


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