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Free Access to Online Legal Research Tools Print E-mail

scl_intro.jpgThe Supreme Court Library is much more than just a repository of books, with its growing collection of legal research tools now available to you online via the Library catalogue.

In addition to our own Caselaw, Caselaw Plus and Queensland Sentencing Information Service publications, legal practitioners who register with the Library can also enjoy free access to a range of online subscription resources from commercial publishers.

To access the LexisNexis, Westlaw (Australian and International), CCH (IntelliConnect) and AGIS Plus Text databases, practitioners can visit the Library in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville or Rockhampton. Our public PCs are available (no booking required) during normal opening hours in each of these locations. While onsite, users can access the full range of online legal resources, printing facilities as well as, of course, our print collections.

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 Registered members can also use their SCL login to access a range of online resources from their own PC. Some of the research tools that are available remotely via the Library catalogue include:

  • Hein Online: more than 100 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format.  It provides comprehensive coverage of more than 1,800 law and law-related periodicals.
  • Legaltrac: provides indexing for approximately 875 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. It also contains law related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.
  • Oxford Suite: an extensive collection of online works, including dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other leading reference titles, journals, reports on international law, and criminology and criminal justice handbooks.
  • The Making of Modern Law: database of more than 21,000 Anglo-American legal works published during the period 1800 to 1926.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online: law component of the Collection from the digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm set, which aimed to include every significant English-language and foreign language title printed in the United Kingdom, and other works published in the Americas, between 1701 and 1800.
  • Thomson-Reuters Collected Works Library: an e-book collection of 41 classic Australian legal texts. 
  • Who’s Who and Who Was Who: contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of living noteworthy and influential individuals from all walks of life, worldwide. The online database also includes over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who’s Who dating back to 1898 (‘the definitive roll-call of the last 150 years of British history’).
  • Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law: covers the central and essential topics in international law.
  • Australian Law Dictionary: reference tool which facilitates familiarity with and knowledge of Australian legal terms.

Due to special licensing arrangements, sole practitioners can also access these titles remotely:

  • TimeBase Point-in-time: access to relevant legislation in force on a specified date in the areas of criminal law, corporations law, employment law, GST, income tax, intellectual property, trade practices, customs and excise, migration and student assistance.
  • TimeBase LawOne: access to full text current legislation and repealed legislation for all nine Australian jurisdictions, in some cases as far back as 1994.

For more information about registering or accessing our online legal resources, contact Brendon Copley, Information Services Librarian, on (07) 3247 4373 or at reference@sclqld.org.au.


David Bratchford
Supreme Court Librarian 

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