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Last Updated: 09 Aug 2017     Views: 58

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 (Lexis Advance)

  1. In Lexis Advance, under the Publications section, select "view all publications" and choose Halsbury's Laws of Australia
  2. Click on the table of Contents which takes you into a  the resource. You can either search using the Red Search Box or browse down the table of Contents
  3. SEARCH - enter your search terms into the Red Search box  - e.g. negligent misstatement. 
  4. 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 Lexis Knowedge Networkideo below.

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