These short and simple videos introduce you to the mechanics of searching for legal resources. You can also ask for help, at the Desk.
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.
Imagine Lexis Advance US is a meta- database - a database of databases.
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 red search box, or use the Advanced search template.
If you know the publication title, type it into the main search box, then search within that 'universe' for the author, article title, or idea.
Note, some NZ, Australian and UK content will be in this US Research collection, and some will be in the NZ collection. Use both.
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
Most NZ content is here. However, some content is in the Lexis Advance US version. Check both.
Lexis Advance (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:
Subject-based publications on the Lexis Advance home page include :
Miscellaneously useful things that aren't obvious from the start page include :
Lexis Advance Help
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.
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.
Or, if you are looking for something specific, like a journal article, type the title of the journal into the main search box, select, and then search for the particular author, article title, case name, or idea, within that 'universe'.
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.