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Cases, Commentary & Legislation

Key legal databases for cases, commentary & legislation:

Arrow Westlaw NZ Click for more information
Contains up to date New Zealand legal information and offers full text for most areas of law in New Zealand including bills, statutes, regulations and case law.  Strengths include commentary on the following topics: Accounting; Commercial Law; Criminal Law; Employment Law; Dispute Resolution; Environmental Law;  Family Law; and Company & Securities Law.

Note: Once in Westlaw NZ, click on "Sign In by IP Access" from within the OnePass Sign In box.

Arrow LexisNexis New Zealand Legal Databases Click for more information
A selection of databases grouped by subject, that provide full-text coverage and commentary of legislation and case law in New Zealand. Strengths are: Company Law; Family Law; Industrial and Employment Law; New Zealand Law Reports; and Laws of New Zealand.

Arrow CCH New Zealand Online Library Click for more information
This database has legislation, commentary and resources relevant to the following areas: Business Law; Company, Corporate and Securities Law; Property and Conveyancing; Tax and GST; Occupational Health and Safety; and Trusts and Estates Law.

Arrow WorldLII - World Legal Information Institute
Provides free access to full text worldwide law cases, commentary and legislation. Search over 1200 databases from 123 jurisdictions via 14 Legal Information Institutes, including NZLII- New Zealand Legal Information Institute and AustLII – Australian Legal Information Institute.

Arrow Database Licence Information
Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.


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Concepts & Definitions

Arrow A Dictionary of Law
8th ed., 2015. Part of Oxford Reference Online, which includes other law-related dictionaries.

Arrow In Print Black's Law Dictionary

Arrow In Print New Zealand Law Dictionary

Background Information

Arrow The Laws of New Zealand
A comprehensive encyclopedia that provides an overview of the whole of the law in New Zealand - statutory, regulatory and judicial.

Referencing & Writing

Arrow New Zealand Law Style Guide

Arrow Legal citations
Basic information from OWLL.

Arrow Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Search law report abbreviations and journal abbreviations, includes some New Zealand coverage.


Books & Ebooks

Books usually provide the most comprehensive information on a subject and can give you a good overview of your topic, essential background information and plenty of explanation.

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Articles (journals, newspapers, magazines)

Key article databases for law:

Arrow Scopus Click for more information View a demonstration.
A multidisciplinary database that indexes an extensive collection of research literature with good coverage of New Zealand and international law.

Arrow Google Scholar Click for more information View a demonstration.
Useful for New Zealand research and reports, including legal topics.

Arrow Discover Click for more information View a demonstration.
Searches selected article databases and the Library Catalogue simultaneously.  There is good coverage of both New Zealand and international law topics.

Arrow Index New Zealand Click for more information
Indexes a wide range of New Zealand journals, including law journals.

Arrow Database Licence Information
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