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Legal Research Skills Guide: Library skills

Plan your search strategy

Before you start your legal research, it is useful to plan a search strategy. You should 

  • Identify your search terms - consider the keywords and phrases that best describe the legal issues in your scenario.
  • Identify some alternative search words (synonyms) - legal dictionaries and encyclopedias can help you do this.
  • Consider any search parameters - do you need to limit your search to a particular jurisdiction or point in time?
  • Decide what type of secondary source you are looking for - e.g. journal articles, commentary, law reform material.

This section of the guide will take you through some key skills that will help you in any assessment.

Why can't I just Google?

Library Skills menu

This section of the guide will help you to develop some generic research skills before starting your research, including: