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Introduction to Legal Research

This guide is an introduction to legal research at the University of Melbourne. This guide is intended for law students in the JD, MLM , Breadth programs who are new to legal research. Students in other disciplines who may need to conduct legal research

Finding Up-to-date Acts

An up-to-date Act is the current version of the Act incorporating all amendments.  In other words, what the law is today.

Legify is a free search aggregator of authoritative Australian legislation (Commonwealth, states, territories and Norfolk Island). It provides links to authoritative versions of legislation. Search for the name of the current version of Acts and Regulations (not repealed, amending, or sessional legislation). 

Subscription databases such as TimeBase and Lawlex Premium allow you to find up-to-date Acts. You can also use government parliamentary websites - these are most often the official source of legislation.  We will look at these resources further in the module.  

Take this quiz to get familiar with using Legify!