Bachelor of Laws: Equity & Trusts

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


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1. The separate body of law, developed in the Court of Chancery, which supplements, corrects, and controls the rules of common law.
2. A right recognised by a court of equity
View Definition (Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary, 2011)

A device by which one person holds property for the benefit of another person. 
View Definition (Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary, 2011)
  • Introduction
  • eBooks
  • Equity & Trusts - Dictionary Definitions
  • Related Subjects in VU Catalogue
  • Journals in Print and Online
  • Halsbury's Laws of Australia - Legal Encyclopaedia
  • Laws of Australia - Legal Encyclopaedia

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Journal Articles 
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  • Check a legal encyclopaedia for discussion of the assessment topic.  A legal encyclopaedia typically:
    • provides a concise overview
    • covers all Australian jurisdictions


Referencing Guides  
  • Use the guides to reference all sources correctly


Equity and Trusts - Dictionary Definitions



The Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary provides definitions of legal words and phrases, and gives explanations of well known rules and principles of law.  It contains over 25000 definitions.

The dictionary is a secondary source, but it frequently refers to primary sources such as case law and legislation, as authorities for the definitions that it provides.

It can be helpful to look up definitions of any words or phrases in an assessment that you are unfamiliar with.  It's important to remember that a word or phrase may have a meaning in law that is quite different to its ordinary everyday meaning.

Journals in Print and Online

 Journal Articles 

AGIS (Attorney Generals Information Service) - is the leading legal journals database in Australia.  Use AGIS to search hundreds of journals for articles about Equity & Trusts Law. 

 How to Reference Journal Articles 


If you wish to browse, then the journals below may be useful places to start

Halsbury's Laws of Australia - Legal Encyclopaedia


Halsbury's Laws of Australia is a comprehensive legal encyclopaedia.  Halsbury's provides concise statements of the law supported by references to primary authorities contained in detailed footnotes. Halsbury’s is divided into 89 subject areas, known as titles. It can be browsed or searched. Halsbury's also includes a consolidated index. 

Using a legal encyclopedia can be an efficient way to begin researching a topic.

 How to Reference a Legal Encyclopaedia 

Laws of Australia - Legal Encyclopaedia


The Laws of Australia covers over 320 specific topics across 36 broad subject areas. Stating the core principles of the law around a legal topic (bolded at the start of each paragraph of text) and acting as an explanatory tool or starting point for researching key substantive legislative and case law, The Laws of Australia features over 40,000 legal propositions.

Aiding your online legal research, The Laws of Australia online also provides thousands of links to our other online services such as FirstPoint, law journals, law reports and Unreported Judgments, all on Westlaw AU.

 How to Reference a Legal Encyclopaedia