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University of Wollongong Australia

Law: 1st Years Start Here

Key essentials for getting started


Begin StartSmart 

Essential information skills to introduce you to the UOW academic environment and help you understand your student responsibilities. StartSmart will show you how to find and evaluate relevant information to use in assessment tasks, and develop strong academic integrity practices.

Compulsory for all new domestic and international coursework students.
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Key databases to find material for your assignments

Develop a search strategy

The Search Word Generator helps you to analyse your topic or question and identify words and phrases to use in your search.

Effective searching checklist - 1. Look at your assessment task or question and write down the main ideas, concepts, theories - write down your main ideas, synonyms, related words and phrases.  2. Connect your search words with Boolean operators like OR/AND/NOT 3. Use search tricks like wildcards and phrase searching 4. Improve your results by narrowing to year, type, subject or other filters 5. Practice searching using our search word generator tool and using our SEARCH tutorial.

Anatomy of a Case

Cases follow a standardised layout as seen in the interactive case below.

Anatomy of an Act

The structure of Acts within all Australian jurisdictions follows a common pattern. Notice the important parts in the consolidated Act below, including the compilation information as this makes you aware of any amendments.


AGLC Referencing - The "Why's" and "How's"


First year students are now expected to use the 4th edition and are encouraged to refer to their LLB 1115: Legal Skills activities in Weeks 2 and 3 for more information.

For all other students, they may continue to use the 3rd edition, but should consult with their subject coordinators to confirm.


This is a derivative of the original work "Why do we reference?" by UTS Library, available under a CC BY-NC 3.0 AU


UniSA Library Business, 2016. 10 quick tips: How to use AGLC (Australian Guide to Legal Citation) Updated.

Law Library

You will find the Law Library on the Ground Floor of Wollongong Campus Library.

Our Law Library contains a broad range of physical and online resources, specifically tailored for UOW law students.

Items held in the collection include:

  • Legal texts, primary law materials and journals, including legislation and law reports (online)
  • A comprehensive collection of all Australian states and territories legislation and law reports 
  • Material from the U.K., New Zealand, Canada and U.S. legal systems (online)  
  • 2-day loans of legal textbooks and high-demand items

Our Law Library uses the Moys Classification Scheme, which is very different from Dewey.

The collection is indexed via SEARCH. Find items by limiting the location to Law.

Law journals, reference and primary materials are not for loan.


Librarians are skilled in connecting you with the information you need, and assisting you with search strategies so that you can search independently.

You can expect:

  • Help in person, online and over the phone
  • Guidance with accessing readings and other information resources
  • Recommendations for good quality, subject specific resources
  • Strategies for improving search results
  • Need help? Ask Us

The Learning Co-Op

A one-stop-shop for academic skills support. Visit us in person or online.

You can expect peer support with:

  • Understanding your assessment task
  • Finding resources
  • Using Turnitin
  • Connecting your mobile device
  • Referencing
  • Academic writing and plagiarism
  • Enrol in workshops on academic writing, research skills and English language communication (Wollongong students only).
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