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Law Research

Why use these resources?

Legal dictionaries

Legal dictionaries help to clarify a term or provide a definition. Check out some of our holdings:

 You may need to consult more than one dictionary to define all of your terms.

Legal encyclopedias 

Legal encyclopedias are another source of information that should be consulted in your research. Legal encyclopedias give you an overview of what the law is in a particular area or jurisdiction, including relevant cases and legislation. Always check to ensure the information is current.

UniSA subscribes to Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and The Laws of Australia, which also has a quick guide to direct you.

Legal words and phrases

How do I reference a legal encyclopaedia?

For more information please consult the fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC4). See page 119 for how to reference legal encyclopaedias.