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Law - LLB and other law degrees (1st Year Support): Search Techniques

Research assistance, subject guides and useful library resources for first year law students, compiled by the Faculty of Law librarians

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Research Support

Find search guides, training videos and tutorials to assist you with conducting research on the Research Support tab.

Video: Formulating Keywords

Watch this video for tips on formulating keywords  and other search techniques. 

Making the best of searching: general tips

Search techniques

Search techniques are ways of using search terms in finding required information from search tools, such as search engines (Google), the library catalogue and online databases. 

To achieve good search results, it is necessary to use search techniques.
The following are some of the most common search techniques that are applicable to various searching tools.
• Boolean Logic
• Parenthesis
• Phrase searching
• Truncation
• Wildcards
• Field searching

Books on legal research

Hard copy books:

Consult titles on legal research and writing at shelf code R4

Some titles of interest are available from the Law Info Desk (Level 6)

Ebooks:

To find a list of Ebooks available, do a keyword search in the library catalogue, limit the search to Ebooks only and click on search: