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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal system of Australia at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for Australian law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Australian law: quick start

The Law Bod has subscriptions to legal databases to support research in Australian law: for licensing reasons access is limited to current OU students & faculty members. Principal examples can be reached via links below. 

There are some excellent Australian law sites on the free web such as the following: 

The current collection of books examining Australian law are included in the subject arrangement of books on Level 2 of the Bodleian Law Library, in the shelf mark range KB to KN. For more information, see the page Law books in this guide.

Printed works which discuss more than one jurisdiction (comparative studies or surveys of law) are in a separate section of the Law Bod with shelf marks starting General, Cw Gen or KB. All these collections are also on Level 2.

The print collection of Australian Law Reports, and Australian Law Journals 2000 to date are on Level 1. Earlier issues of Australian journals are on the Ground Floor.  All these forms have shelf marks starting Cw Austral. Cw indicating membership of the Commonwealth of Nations, (For more information about the latter see Commonwealth Secretariat website.)
There are some law reports specific to individual states and territories. These have shelf marks  which include abbreviations of the state names eg. Cw Austral NSW 100 for New South Wales Law Reports.

Please ask a librarian for directions when you are in the Law Bod!

SOLO is the online Union catalogue to discover Law Bod's collections: