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Law subject guide: Databases

Information about law databases

This page contains information about law databases, and collections of databases.

Major law database collections: NZ

 Major law database collections: rest of world

Major secondary source databases for law

CCH IntelliConnect

CCH Intelliconnect (subscription) is the online equivalent of the looseleaf services we subscribe to.

Browse (click on the + symbols) to find these resources and more.

Titles include:

NZ material Australian material
  • NZ Business Law Guide
  • NZ Company Law and Practice; New Zealand Company Law Cases (NZCLC)
  • NZ Conveyancing Law and Practice; New Zealand Conveyancing Cases (NZ Conv C)
  • NZ Employment Law; New Zealand Employment Law Cases (NZELC)
  • NZ Goods and Services Tax Guide
  • NZ Income Tax Law and Practice; New Zealand Tax Cases (NZTC); plus IRD publications, and a whole lot of Australian material
  • NZ Trusts and Asset Planning Guide
  • Australian Company Law Cases (ACLC)
  • Australian Corporations and Securities Reports (ACSR) (selected)
  • Australian Tax Cases
  • Australian competition law commentary, legislation and cases

      and selected cases, commentary and legislation on health, trade,       equal opportunites, torts....

 

CCH Intelliconnect Help

  • Tutorials : Short videos, plus links to webinar opportunities

HeinOnline

HeinOnline comprises collections of databases including: Law Journal Library; Legal Classics; English Reports (full reprint 1220-1867); Treaties and Agreements Library.

Check the HeinOnline wiki for user training guides and videos.

HeinOnline tips for advanced users

ICLR Online

ICLR (Incorporated Council of Law Reporting) is a not for profit organisation that was established in 1865 as the authorised publisher of the official series of The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England and Wales, for example, Queens Bench (QB), Appeal Cases (AC), Family (Fam) and Chancery (Ch).

As well as the official Law Reports, ICLR publishes the Weekly Law Reports, the Industrial Cases Reports, the Business Law Reports, the Public and Third Sector Law Reports and the Consolidated Index to leading law reports.

 

LegalTrac

LegalTrac indexes major law journals (1400+ titles - some fulltext) from USA, Australia, NZ, Canada and UK, by subject, author, title, statute and case name. Date range: 1980 - current.

LegalTrac tips

  • a simple keyword search usually works
  • deselect the limit results " to documents with full text" to increase your chances
  • use the subject headings. If you find a useful-looking record, check the Related Works (on the left-hand side) - you can link to those subject headings or use them as additional search terms.
  • Article linker often takes you to the full text. If it doesn't, search the library catalogue for the title of the journal that contains the article you want

Lexis

Lexis is big. Overwhelmingly big. Breathe deeply. Take your time.

As a general proposition you can browse collections and open folders until you get to the database you want; or you can locate a specific database or document using the Find a Source tab.

If you are researching American law, the Get a Document and Shepard's search options will be useful.

Lexis tips

  • use the information icons  (i-in-a-box) - they tell you the scope of each database and often give you hints on how to search
  • To find a journal: use the Find a Source tab; type in the first few words of the journal title (they call this Option 1)

LexisNexis NZ

LexisNexis NZ databases (subscription) include full-text legislation; case law databases (indexes and full text); and commentary, being the online loose-leaf services. Note: we subscribe to a selection of  LexisNexis NZ products, but not to all of them.

Key databases include:

Subject-based databases (listed as Sources on the LexisNexis NZ home page) include :

  • Commercial Law in New Zealand
  • Family Law Service (NZ); New Zealand Family Law Reports; New Zealand Family Law Journal
  • Fisher on Matrimonial and Relationship Property
  • Hall's Sentencing (NZ)
  • Heath and Whale on Insolvency
  • Hinde McMorland & Sim Land Law in New Zealand
  • Mazengarb's Employment Law (NZ)
  • Morison's Company Law (NZ); Morison's Securities Law
  • Sim's Court Practice (NZ)

Miscellaneously useful things that aren't obvious from the start page include :

LexisNexisNZ Help

NZLII

NZLII (New Zealand Legal Information Institute) is free. And valuable - it contains full-text legislation, case law, law commission material and pretty much anything else they can get their hands on.

Westlaw

WestlawNext is big. Overwhelmingly big. Breathe deeply. Take your time.

As a general proposition you can browse collections and open folders until you get to the database you want. Non-US content is in the International Materials section

Westlaw tips

  • Change the Preferences for the session using the small link at the bottom of the screen, to 'turn on' Canadian and UK content
  • use the information icons  (i-in-a-circle) - they tell you the scope of each database and often give you hints on how to search

Westlaw NZ

Westlaw NZ includes full-text legislation; case law databases (indexes and full text); and commentary, being the online loose-leaf services. Note: we subscribe to a wide selection of products, but not to all of them. Westlaw NZ is produced by Thomson Reuters. Some of their sources are also under the name Brookers.

Key collection:

Practice areas (legislation, case law, commentary) include, but are not limited to:

WestlawNZ Help

WorldLII

The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) splices together content from the individual Legal Information Institutes including AustLII (Australasian), BAILII (British and Irish), CanLII (Canadian), HKLII (Hong Kong), LII (Cornell) (USA), PacLII (Pacific Islands), Wits University School of Law; as well as international law material.