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Law subject guide: Research strategies

Evaluation

Find help here: from the approach to legal research, down to specific database guides

Legal research guides

The Research and Writing Guide, and the two step-by-step Legal Research Skills guides are also available on Blackboard. LAWS398 > Course Documents.

Database Guides

These short and simple videos introduce you to the mechanics of searching for legal resources. You can also ask for help, at the Desk.

Publishing

Copyright ownership, Open access, and publishing in Law Journals.

Copyright Experiences wiki: This is a US resource that focuses specifically on law journals and is a place where legal academics can share experiences they’ve had when negotiating copyright with law journals and other legal publishers.

Copyright, authors rights and open access. This is post on the SLAW site, Canada's online legal magazine. The post includes helpful links to tools to help assist your decision-making.

The legal research process

NZ legal literature mindmap

Legal Research Texts

These texts offer practical advice in research and writing, with a strong NZ law focus.

Legal research videos

These short and simple videos introduce you to some things you should know about legal research.You can also ask for help, at the Desk.

Keeping up to Date

There is no panacea for keeping up to date with NZ law in academia. Alert services from publishers such as Westlaw and Lexis require personalised logins and subscriptions beyond the academic sphere.  All is not lost: you just need to have fingers in a lot of free pies instead.

Try this range of free resources and you'll at least be well informed!

To keep up to date on secondary sources, you can also set up Table of Contents (ToCs) alerts for many journals. Search for the journal via Library Search. Each publisher will have a unique but easy set-up process. You cannot set up ToCs for journals  via Westlaw or Lexis.