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What to use when

Task

Action

For an overview of the law A legal encyclopaedia such as Halsbury's Laws of Australia or Laws of Australia.
Find the meaning of a legal term Use a legal dictionary such as Encyclopaedia Australian Legal Dictionary on Lexis Advance.
Interpret an abbreviation Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations and/or Monash University Index to Legal Abbreviations.
Determine whether a case is reported Use a case citator such as CaseBase, FirstPoint, LawCite or JADE. A case citator will give you parallel citations for a case, including the medium neutral citation (MNC) and the citation(s) to the reported version(s) of the case.
Determine whether a case has been subsequently considered by other cases Use a case citator such as CaseBase, FirstPoint, LawCite or JADE. This will tell you which cases have considered a case. CaseBase and FirstPoint give details on how the case was treated (whether the case was followed, applied, etc).
Find a case that considers a legislative provision Use a case citator: for FirstPoint and CaseBase use the 'legislation judicially considered' field; for JADE use the clips alongside legislation provisions.
Online sources of legislation Always use authoritative sources such as government websites or database that source from government websites, like Lawlex and LawOne. AustLII legislation is not an authoritative source and is not updated frequently.
Look for legislation at a particular point in time Both the Federal Register of Legislation and the Victorian Legislation website link to the previous versions of legislation. JADE allows you to view amended legislation side by side. AustLII has selected historical Acts prior to 1995.