Research Workshop Descriptions


The Law Library holds research workshops throughout the semester. The following are descriptions of the types of classes we run. See the Research Workshop Schedule for a list of dates and to register for a research class.

Beginning Legal Research

Are you struggling to begin your legal research? Sources such as books, encyclopaedias, journal articles, and commentary services are an excellent place to start your research. In this session, we will work through a research scenario in order to become familiar with secondary sources.

Legal systems across the globe employ a range of legal systems such as common law, civil law, customary law, religious law, or mixed law systems. In this workshop, we will guide you through how to locate information about other jurisdictions' legal systems, and where to find their primary and secondary resources in other jurisdictions.

Finding your way with Legislation

Understanding the legislative process and how to interpret statutes is a key legal skill for law students and legal practitioners. As a result of attending this workshop you will have a greater understanding of the legislation making process, the different documents produced at each stage and which version of an Act you will need to use when presented with a particular problem.  This workshop will introduce you to finding resources that can assist in statutory interpretation and locating judicial decisions that have interpreted legislation.

Fundamentals of the Common Law Drop-ins

Do you have questions about referencing using AGLC or locating resources for your Fundamentals of the Common Law assessment? Come along to our drop-in session with any questions, and we will help you resolve them!

Keeping on top of Case Law

Case law is a fundamental element of Australia's legal system. There are a variety of tools and resources available to help you navigate the legal landscape. In this session we will utilise some of these tools to put finding relevant case law into practice.

Public international law is a legal system that deals with the relationship among nation states and intergovernmental organisations, such as the United Nations and European Union. In this session, we will explore where you can locate public international law materials.

Referencing at Law School with AGLC

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) is the preferred citation style used by legal academics and practitioners in Australia. In this workshop you will learn the how to apply the rules of the guide to the items you will need to cite in your Melbourne Law School assessments.

Research and Referencing Drop-ins

Do you have questions about referencing using AGLC or locating resources for your assessments? Come along to our drop-in session with any questions, and we will help you resolve them!

Under to hood of Zotero

This workshop looks under the hood of Zotero, exploring features such as searching collections, formatting references with HTML codes, creating bibliographies, and working with international materials, conference papers and reports.

What Zotero can do for you

This introductory workshop will provide an overview on accessing and working with Zotero to manage your resources as well as demonstrating how to use Zotero to create references and bibliographies according to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd edition (AGLC3).