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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

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.