Bachelor of Laws: Overview

A comprehensive guide to legal research created by the VU Law Library

About this Guide

This guide provides a starting point for conducting legal research using the VU Library. It contains guidance on locating primary and secondary sources and links to resources for all subjects taught by the Victoria Law School.

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Legal Research Classes. Winder Block,  2024.

The Law Library offer a range of legal research and referencing classes each block.  All classes are delivered online via Zoom.  Please click on the tabs below for details of each class.

Finding Case Law

An introduction to locating primary legal sources. Students will learn how to use a case citator to locate case law and information about case law.

10am Thu 11 July (60 minutes) - Online
10am Wed 17 July (60 minutes) - Online

Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1898

 

Finding Legislation - Law and Criminology

Students will  learn how to locate up-to-date legislation and associated extrinsic materials.
12pm Tue 16 July (60 minutes) - Online

Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1896

Finding Secondary Sources for Law

The focus of the class is on analysing a question, using a legal dictionary and building a search statement to locate legal journal articles.  The class includes an overview of how to reference journal articles using AGLC.

3pm Thu 11 July (60 minutes) - Online
12pm Tue 16 July (60 minutes) - Online

​​​​​​​​​​​​Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1251

Library Inquiry - Law

This class takes students through the process of locating discussion of a legal principle in a textbook, locating case law that is referred to in the textbook and citing those cases correctly.

3pm Thu 11 July (60 minutes) - Online
12pm Tue 16 July (60 minutes) - Online

Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1431

AGLC4 - Referencing

This interactive class is suitable for beginners, or those wishing to improve their AGLC4 skills.

12pm Fri 5 July (60 Minutes) - Online
10am Mon 8 July (60 minutes) - Online

Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1091

APA- Referencing

This interactive class is suitable for beginners, or those wishing to improve their APA skills.

 

Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1927

 A variety of referencing styles are used at VU.  If you are unsure which style to use, ask your lecturer/tutor which style they require.  And, always refer to the instructions included with your assignment.

Criminology - Library Class

This class introduces criminology students to a step-by-step approach to quickly and efficiently locate journal articles for use in criminology assignments.

 

Bookings may be made via the Learning Hub - link below.
https://learninghub.vu.edu.au/students/events?descending=false&page=1&sortBy=Start&studentSiteId=1&text=1897

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