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Law Resource Guide  

This guide provides information on finding legal resources for courses in the LAWS Program.
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Library Search

Library Search can be used to find a wide range of information sources including books, ebooks, journal articles, streamed videos and Course Resources Online. 

Use this box to start your search.

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Legal System in Australia

The following resource provides an introduction to the legal system in Australia:

Hirst, J. 1998, Discovering Democracy: A Guide to Government and Law in Australia, Curriculum Corporation, Accessed: 2 March 2016.       



ComLaw has the most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation and includes notices from the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette from 1 October 2012.

Check out the following guide for tips on using ComLaw - a pdf document will download to your computer, click to open, and you can save a copy.

What's New on ComLaw incorporating the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI). This page lists everything recently published to Comlaw within the last:

  • 3 months for Acts
  • 21 days for Gazettes
  • 14 days for all other material

You can also register to MyComLaw. MyComLaw makes it easy for you to stay up to date on Commonwealth law. And once you've activated your account, you can access and update your ComLaw information from any computer in the world.

Use the Help link to find out more about what ComLaw covers.

Law databases

CQUniversity subscribes to Law related databases which contain a variety of law resources, such as cases, legislation, commentaries, journals, etc. You may need to search all databases to find the information you seek.

Library Search may not be very useful for Law students looking for cases etc.  

If you require further assistance please contact the Library.

  • AustLII - Australasian Legal Information Institute
    Description: AustLII provides access to full-text legislation, case law, journals and reports for the Commonwealth of Australia and most Australian jurisdictions, courts and tribunals.
  • Australian Current Law
    Description: Australian Current Law provides access to a variety of Australian legal information including law reports, cases, legislation and judgements.
  • CCH Online
    Description: CCH Online provides access to a range of legal publications, including resources for business law, tax law, corporations law, financial planning, human resource management, occupational health and safety and family law. It includes access to the Australian Master Tax Guides.
  • Checkpoint
    Description: Provides news services, tax commentaries, analytical services, source materials and Bills and EMs for research purposes.
  • Federal Statutes Annotations
    Description: Federal Statutes Annotations provides current and historical information regarding legislative material and caselaw pertinent to that legislation. It brings together all information relating to the principle acts of the Commonwealth Parliament.
  • LegalTrac
    Description: Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need in LegalTrac®. Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Each title included in LegalTrac® is selected on the basis of criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. LegalTrac® also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.
    Endnote: Direct Export
    Description: contains selected Australian law cases and legal journals. It also provides access to Commonwealth law cases, journals and legislation, and to a very large amount of legal (cases, journals, legislation) and business information from the United States. also contains patent information from many jurisdictions.
  • LexisNexis AU
    Description: Provides access to the following resources: Australian Administrative Law, Australian Current Law, Cross on Evidence, Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary, Halsbury's Laws of Australia, and Federal Statutes Annotations (Australia).
  • Westlaw AU
    Description: Westlaw provides access to selected journals, case law and commentaries for Australian law, as well as the FirstPoint case citation tool.

Improve your research and information skills

University Research and Information Skills is the Library's Moodle site.

It outlines the skills you need to become successful at finding the best information for your assessment items.

All Undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in this course, so you will find it in your Moodle course list or you can use the link above.



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