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Getting started with Lexis Practical Guidance

Tuesday, 18 September, 10am - 10:30pm

This session provides an orientation of LexisNexis Practical Guidance along with tips for research efficiency.
Learn the best ways to browse and search for cases, commentary and legislation, find related precedents and checklists and use a range of work flow tools to improve your efficiency 




 Westlaw AU - Case Law Research®


This course introduces the features of FirstPoint which makes searching case law easy.
It focuses on finding relevant cases and establishing the legal precedent of a case.



Civil Procedure and the Australian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents

Thursday, 20 September, 10am - 10:30am

This session will focus on locating key Civil Procedure resources, such as court orders and the use of AEF&P smart forms and bundles.
The session will focus on using the Red Search Box to perform research, along with other key features and functionality, such as narrowing down results with post search filters and browsing sources.



 Westlaw AU - The Essentials®


This course introduces the essential elements of WestlawAU, enabling you to develop the key skills required to search, retrieve, refine and download relevant documents.






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Types of Legal Materials

Primary legal materials are the written records of the law

  • Legislation
  • Cases 

Secondary legal materials are those materials which are ABOUT the law:

  • Extrinsic legal materials which are documents, defined within a jurisdiction's Interpretation Act, that can be used in court to interpret the meaning and intent of legislation.  These usually consist of Parliamentary debates (Hansard) and Law Reform documents.
  • Books, journals and commentaries which discuss the law
  • Reference tools which help find the law (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, guides and directories).

Research Support

Researchers at Murdoch University are supported by the Library and the Division of Research and Development.

Use our Supporting Research at Murdoch Guide to discover the Library's services for Graduate Research students and other researchers.

Please contact Debra Smith to make an appointment for advice on research strategies, resources and tools specific to your area of research - this service is especially for staff, graduate research and honours students.


Need legal advice?

SCALES - Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service Inc.

See the Self Represented Litigants - Free Resources Research Topic Guide

Murdoch Law Library

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Debra Smith
Geoffrey Bolton Library
Perth Campus
Room 2.032
9360 6283


Please be sure to visit the
Law Library Help Desk or the 
How to source legal materials
 page first.

If your query cannot be answered by the LLHD Staff, please book an appointment.

Law Library Help Desk

Semester hours:

Monday: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Friday: 10.30am -1.30pm

The Law Library Help Desk is located in the Murdoch University Law Library - South Wing Level 3 of the South Street Campus Library.

It is staffed by senior law students who are there to assist with your Library Research Tests and with legal research queries.

Note: The Law Library Help Desk is unstaffed during non-teaching weeks.
For assistance during these weeks, please complete a Murdoch Support request.

Book a Study Room

Book a Study Room on Level 4 


Study rooms contain:

  • 2 large tables
  • chairs
  • white board

Please note:
Level 4 is the Silent Floor.