This page provides a range of tools and resources to help you with legal research as well as assisting with the use of library systems and databases.
Library Search Tools
The Library website has some great options for Search Tools that will help you discover and access online legal resources.
Lean Library is a browser extension that directly logs you into sites the Library subscribes to, bypassing the library website.
Works in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. More information and instructions.
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that puts direct PDF download links onto research platforms and other sites.
Works in Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave and Vivaldi. More information and instructions.
When you are onsite and search Google Scholar you will notice Find It@UniMelb appearing next to eBooks and Journal Articles. Google searches our collections to show what we have.
This feature can be easily configured so that you can see library content when searching Google Scholar at home/off campus. More information and instructions.
Legal Research Tools
Australian Case Citators
There are several options for tools that search for cases. Our Australian Case Citator Comparison explores the features of:
- CaseBase (Lexis Advance)
- KeyCite (Westlaw Australia)
- LawCite (AustLII).
Search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications via the selected tools on our Legal Abbreviations page.
Legal Citation Style Guides
Legal Citation Style Guides providing style guides for Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Read the Legal Citation Style Guides.
Style Guides for Authors
Style Guides for Authors for Australia, United Kingdom and Global. Access the Style Guides for Authors.
Find out about citing with AGLC4 and how to save time and energy as well as working smarter with Reference tools such as Zotero (including plugins and program extensions) on our Reference Management page.
Deep Linking to Content
Information on how to deep link to content in the database for a selection of legal databases with via Deep Linking Information page.
Keeping up to date
Find out about email alerts (new journal issues and articles; Table of content alerts, search alerts) and other ways to automatically keep up to date with your legal field/subject area via Keeping up to date in Law Research Guide.
Using the Westlaw Australia platform
We've developed some short guides to help you navigate the Westlaw Australia platform.
- Authorised Law Reports on Westlaw Australia (PDF, 520 KB)
- Navigating Westlaw Australia's Case Citator KeyCite(PDF, 573 KB)
- How to Effectively Search In Westlaw Australia (PDF, 556 KB)
- Where is FirstPoint and what are Key Numbers?(PDF, 1,111 KB)
- Legislative Note-Up in Westlaw Australia (PDF, 756 KB)
These research guides are designed to help you find the best resources for your area of law, including both subscription and free resources.