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LexisNexis AU offers several ways for you to search, using the content-type tabs that appear across the top of all search pages. Each of the forms is designed to search all sources which contain the same content. eg every source with legislation included can be searched in the Legislation search form. Each of the forms is designed to search in that type of content for particular sections of information eg Case Name or Legislation Title.  For a more general search, you can use the General Search form on the home page. For information on how to construct a search, go to Developing a Search.

You may also click the Browse tab to view a specific source's table of contents, if available. Once you have found a more targeted area within the Browse tab, you may select that area only, return to the Search form and search only on that specified area. For more information, see Browsing a Source.


General Search

General search is the broadest search available. For this reason it is best to use when you are looking for something highly specific or searching in an unfamiliar area of law. General Search searches across your entire subscription or you can restrict your search to specific sources, document sections, content type.

Cases Search

Use this form to search all of your cases sources. Depending on your subscription, this may include Australian Law Reports, Family Law Reports, Unreported Judgments, Australian Current Law Reporter and CaseBase Cases. From this form you can also access the CaseBase search form (to search the cases and journals components), CaseBase, Australian Current Law – Reporter, Australian and New Zealand Citator to UK Reports, Cases Indexes/Tables.

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  • Restrict your search to specific sources, citations, party names, courts, legislation judicially considered, dates etc.
  • Click the Browse tab to view a specific source's table of contents or index.

Legislation Search

Use this form to search your subscribed legislation sources. Depending upon your subscription, this may include sources such as LawNow Legislation, Australian Corporation Law – Legislation, Federal Statutes Annotations plus the legislation content of sources that contain more than one content type (ie commentary , legislation and forms etc) such as Bankruptcy Law and Practice. From this form you can also access source specific forms for Australian Current Law – Legislation, Statutes Annotations and Legislation Indexes/Tables (eg LawNow Progress of Bills information)

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  • Restrict your search to specific sources or legislation
  • Click the Browse tab to view a specific source's table of contents or index.

Commentary Search

Use this form to search within commentary sources, or within the commentary portions of services. Depending on your subscription, this may include sources such as Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Cross on Evidence, Lunn Civil Procedure SA and Ford's Principles of Corporations Law.

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  • Restrict your search to specific sources, legislation, cases, headings, legislation references, document sections, etc.
  • Click the Browse tab to view a specific source's table of contents or index.

Forms Search

Use this form to search within your forms and precedents such as Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Court Forms, Precedents and Pleadings – Victoria and the form or precedent components of sources such as Australian Family Law and Practice and Procedure High Court – Federal Court.

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Journals Search

Use this form to search within your journals sources. Depending upon your subscription, this may include sources such as the Australian Journal of Contract Law, Insurance Law Journal, the Australian Bar Review.and Casebase Journal Articles.

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Dictionaries Search

Use this form to search within your Dictionary sources. Depending on your subscriptions this may include sources such as The Butterworths Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary and Legal Words and Phrases.

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