Skip to Main Content

Law subject guide: Research strategies

Legal research guides

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

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

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 Tips



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.


Want to publish in an Open Access Law Journal? This website from the American Bar Association has a good list.

Free Online full-Text Law Reviews/Journals


Consult this locally developed comprehensive guide  into research, publishing, and impact.

The legal research process


Evaluating Sources

Be confident about accuracy and authority by accessing content from commercial databases, textbooks, and primary sources.

Beyond these resources, you will have to evaluate the quality, authority and accuracy yourself.

Watch this video about SIFT. Stop. Identify. Find better coverage. Trace. 

Legal Research Texts

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

Keeping up to Date

There is no panacea for keeping up to date with NZ law in academia. 

Try this range of 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.