Social Work and Human Services: Human service workers and the law

Guide to key resources supporting human service workers in their interactions with Australian law

A few key references

Confused by legal terms? Want a quick introduction? Browse or search across these key online references

All about courts

Magistrates Court of South Australia [OZinOH, 'Courthouse', CC Licence CC BY-NC-2.0, image source: flickr]

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Roma Mitchell
Commonwealth Law Courts

All about Community Legal Centres

Key books: Australian social work and the law

Follow links for details including table of contents. Available in the Magill Main Collection in print

Need to find specific cases? Want more advice on legal research?

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Law Subject Guide

UniSA Library
Legal Research Workshop

The Legal Research Workshop has been designed to teach basic legal research skills using online (primarily Australian) resources available through the UniSA Library. It is not a comprehensive guide to all legal research tools available.

While targeted at Law students, these guides can assist all students with legal research.

Example case cited in your text: Sullivan v Moody & Ors (2001) 207 CLR 562. The workshop explains how to interpret a case citation and find the text of the case.

Reports & statistics

Joudo-Larsen, J 2014, Restorative justice in the Australian criminal justice system, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.   Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013, Specialist homelessness services 2012-2013, AIHW, Canberra.  Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (AIHW & AIFS) 2013, 'Diverting Indigenous offenders from the criminal justice system', Resource sheet no. 24, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra.

Search tip: use Google to search across multiple Australian, state, territory and local government website pages by including (or to limit to South Australian bodies) in your search e.g.

Example search using 'site' search limit

Find legislation

Search the literature

Databases are finding aids. They assist you to find published and unpublished material (e.g. journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, reports) by a particular author, from a specific publication, or on a topic.

The Library Catalogue covers some but not all relevant publications. It also covers every discipline. If you're looking for something specific, or want to ensure you are being comprehensive in your search, it's a good idea to search an appropriate database as well.

Watch: tips on using Informit

Informit Video Tutorial - Logging in and selecting databases

Informit tutorial - searching