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1 Advanced Legal Research Carol Hicks & Marilyn Boyle Reference Librarians, Law Library Honours 2007

2 Seminar Outline Guidelines to effective research Organising a bibliography Library catalogues SuperSearch Online resources Obtaining articles and books from other libraries (interstate and overseas)

3 Guidelines to effective research Be systematic in your approach Use the Library catalogue and electronic resources Keep records of the correct citation of articles and cases you consulted Start your bibliography early Make an appointment with a Reference Librarian

4 Organising a bibliography Record citations correctly at the time you are using them reported/unreported case citations authorised/unauthorised law reports Have a system for recording citations Card catalogue Create a Microsoft Word or Excel table or Access database Use Endnote

5 Endnote Software package available from the Law School Works with Microsoft Word to create a list of correctly formatted references for your bibliography More information Please contact us if you are interested in Endnote training

6 Library catalogues Library catalogue Keyword searching Limit to Law Request if on loan Limit/modify a search How to use Subject headings references to yourself Other Library catalogues Other university libraries Libraries Australia

7 SuperSearch Login from the Library Web site using Campus card number and barcode Library Web site Use to locate online resources (also in Library Catalogue Focus on Find Resource/Title and Subject search to locate resources Create your own Quick Set in My SuperSearch

8 Theses Australasian Digital Thesis Program (ADT) (Aus/NZ)Australasian Digital Thesis Program (ADT) ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (US)ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Index to Theses (UK) also print in HSSIndex to Theses Researchers Gateway - Library Web site/Guides/Researchers GatewayResearchers Gateway

9 Australian resources LexisNexis AU Casebase & Unreported judgments Lawbook Online First Point CCH Library Subject Libraries (Torts, Family Law, Tax, Corporations etc) Each Library contains commentary, legislation and case law

10 Legislation Resources ComLaw CTH legislation available in full-text State Law Publisher WA Legislation available in full-text Government Gazettes also available LawLex current CTH & state legislation TimeBase some nice features. Less coverage than ComLaw Parliament Websites For Bills and Explanatory Memoranda

11 International Resources Westlaw Case law, journals, legislation for US, UK etc Lexis.com Case law, journals, legislation for US, UK, Canada, South Africa, NZ etc English Reports (Justis)English Reports Full text English Reports (1220 – 1873) – also in print – 2 nd floor United Nations Treaty CollectionUnited Nations Treaty Collection

12 Journal Articles Law, Crime & Justice (Informit) For Australian content Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Fulltext journal articles – current file Index to Foreign legal periodicals index to articles and book reviews – US.UK, Canada and Australia HeinOnline Various law journals in full-text- mainly US – some Australian and UK Kluwer Online Includes a number of international law journals in full-text ProQuest 5000 International Articles only – mainly US & international materials Legendcom immigration database – login with student no. and barcode

13 Newspapers Factiva Newspaper & Journal articles The Times Digital Archive Many early English cases were reported here

14 Searching the Web Search the Web from the Library Web site: Google or Google Scholar is recommended Use Advanced searchGoogleGoogle Scholar Useful for checking references & for finding recent reports and conference papers Remember to evaluate everything you find on the Internet

15 Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loans Not all books and articles are available from the UWA library Register as a user by filling out the Registration Form and drop it in to the Library Inquiry DeskRegistration Form Lodge your requests online

16 Need More Help Please contact the Reference Librarians (Carol S, Carol H and Marilyn) for further assistance Phone: (08) Essential Legal Research on WebCT WebCT

17 Westlaw & Lexis.com Demonstration session next week Wed 7 March 2007 at 6.00pm in this room


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