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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 (subscription) is the online equivalent of the looseleaf services we subscribe to.
Browse (click on the + symbols) to find these resources and more.
|NZ material||Australian material|
and selected cases, commentary and legislation on health, trade, equal opportunites, torts....
CCH Intelliconnect Help
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 (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 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.
Lexis is big. Overwhelmingly big. Breathe deeply. Take your time.
All Lexis products (NZ, and US/everywhere else) are accessible via the same link, Lexis Advance.
You can toggle between the various collections.
As a general proposition you can browse collections and open folders until you get to the database you want. At any stage, you can use the big red box to do a search, or use the Advanced search template.
If you are researching American law, just type your search in the big red box, then use the filters on the left to refine.
|Click on Sources and type journal title in "Find a Source" box.|
|Or, browse through the layers to Secondary Materials.|
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.
The LexisNexisNZ interface is about to be retired, please access Lexis Advance. The content is unchanged in the new environment,
Key databases include:
Miscellaneously useful things that aren't obvious from the start page include :
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 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.
Practice areas (legislation, case law, commentary) include, but are not limited to:
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.