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Secondary Resources for Law

A guide to help you locate and use secondary sources for Australian legal research.

What is commentary?

What is commentary?


Commentary services are useful research tools, as they are regularly updated and contain succinct legal commentary, with references to legislation and leading and significant cases to illustrate the commentary.  Much of the commentary links directly to legislation, cases and other commentary on the same online platform.

Looseleaf commentaries are generally jurisdiction and subject specific. For this reason, looseleaf commentaries usually provide more depth on a topic than encyclopaedias. They contain information particularly useful to legal practitioners.

Commentary

Commentary Services


 

For further information about searching each database, see below:

CCH Commentary

CCH Commentary


 

The below video demonstrates how to search CCH

Lexis Advance Commentary

Lexis Advance Commentary


 

Searching Lexis Advance is demonstrated in the below video

Westlaw AU Commentary

Westlaw AU Commentary 


 

Searching Westlaw AU is demonstrated in the video below

Looking for Subject or Jurisdiction Specific Commentary Service?

Looking for Subject or Jurisdiction Specific Commentary Service?


For more information about looseleaf commentary services for the subject area you are interested in, the Research Guides collection for each topic or jurisdiction will include essential commentary services. Alternatively, check the Research Databases by Subject for looseleaf commentary services in the area of law you are researching.

 

Open Access Commentary Services

Open Access Commentary Services


​While many of the commentary services sit on subscription databases (like CCH, Lexis Advance and Westlaw AU), there are a number of open access commentary resources available. The open access services tend to be targeted towards legal practitioners.