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Unit overview
Using this guide
About the Legal Research & Writing team
Introduction
What we’ll do in this topic
Objectives
Australian laws
What laws exist in Australia?
Where do we fnd Australian laws?
Study skills
What’s next?
Further reading
Writing style
Defning style
The style of legal writing
What is plain legal language?
Should plain language be used in legal writing?
Using plain legal language in your legal writing
Plain legal language works!
Other things that can affect written communication
Self‑test
Writing for law studies
Writing legal essays
Abstracts and précis
Referencing style
Citations and referencing
Bibliographies
Writing for legal practice
Summary
Further readings
Problem solving in tutorial work and law exams
Law exams
An introduction to case law and the doctrine of precedent
Application of the doctrine of precedent
Legislation overrides the common law
Judges can interpret legislation
Law reports
What cases look like
Reading and understanding case law
Citation of case law
An introduction to legislation
How legislation is made and changed
Types of legislation
What legislation looks like
Citation of legislation
Reading legislation
What is legal research?
The purpose of legal research
What are you looking for?
Where do I start? Prepare a plan for your research
Where should I look frst?
Develop good research habits
Putting it altogether
Further reading and references
Computer assisted legal research (CALR)
Computerised research methods
Sources of electronic legal information
Which is the appropriate database?
What we will do in this topic
Dictionaries
Textbooks
Looseleaf services
Legal encyclopaedias
Citators and annotators
Periodicals (journal articles)
Government and parliamentary publications
Law lists and almanacs
Forms and precedents services
Finding non-legal information
Digests
Current awareness services
Case law and how to fnd it
Finding case law generally
Finding cases by name/citation
Finding cases by subject
Finding cases that have considered the meaning of words and phrases
Finding unreported cases
Finding casenotes and articles about cases
Legislation and how to fnd it
Secondary sources and fnding tools
Finding Bills
Finding legislation
Finding amendments – updating legislation
Finding extrinsic materials
Unit summary
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