Skip to main content

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

What is a Case Citator?

Case citators provide a wealth of information about a case such as the citation(s) for a case and where the case is reported. This information is important in finding the authorised version of the case - more on this further in the module. 

Additional information you will find in a case citator includes: 

  • Background details about a case, including court, judges, judgment date, jurisdiction, court file number, etc.
  • Summary of the case, including catchwords and/or classification
  • Litigation history of the case
  • How the case has been treated by subsequent cases 
  • Journal articles that have cited the case

The Law Library website Research Databases by Type page includes a section called Case Citators. Explore this section of the website to find out what citators are available.