Tips for Searching
1. This site does not contain any
case reports. If you are looking for a case report, go to Legal
Research and use the appropriate links listed under "Case Reports".
2. This site does not contain any
legislation. If you are looking for legislation, go to Legal
Research and use the appropriate links listed under "Legislation".
3. The secret to effective use of any
search engine is to come up with search terms which are specific without
On the one hand, if the search term
is too common, your search will
return an excessive number of results.
For example, if you are researching a problem involving
the arrest of a ship, there is no point searching for "arrest" because
you may get results relating to arrest under the criminal law. Instead,
use a search term including a word like "admiralty", "marine", "maritime" or "shipping".
(A friend, who is a dental specialist,
experienced a similar problem when
he was undertaking research in relation
to "oral health".)
On the other hand, if the search
term is too obscure, your search
may return no results. Thus, in
researching a land-law problem,
the term "feoffment" may
be strictly accurate, but is unlikely
to produce all relevant results.
4. Avoid using search
terms which include common words - such as "a", "the", "of", "for", etc.
For best results, try using a search
terms comprising two or three words
as a phrase. Depending on the configuration
of the search engine, you can achieve
this either by enclosing the words in
inverted commas (Google, for instance, recognises
this protocol), or by selecting the
option "find this phrase"
(AustLII's search engine, for instance, offers
this facility). Searching for the phrase
like "unjust enrichment" is
likely to produce more relevant results
than searching for a document which
contains both the word "unjust"
and the word "enrichment".
When searching a website
like this one, which is devoted primarily to legal links, it is pointless
searching for a word like "law" or "legal", because these words appear
on almost every page within the website.
7. Depending on what you are looking for,
you may find it quicker to select the appropriate section of this site
from the following links: