Introduction to Library Resources
General Library Resources
These videos provide a good starting place for the introduction to general library resources and legal research essentials:
- the High Demand Collection on Level 2 of the Student Centre in Hamilton
- Library of Congress call numbers
- using the online catalogue
- Laws of New Zealand
- legal Dictionaries
- abbreviation indexes
Resources outside our collections
If the Library does not hold or provide access to a particular resource that you need you can probably get it through our Interlibrary Loan service. This service allows us to request books, journal articles etc from other libraries so you can access them. You can access the Interlibrary Loan page via the "place an interloan" link in the key tasks menu on all the library webpages. See the Library's Interlibrary Loan page for a detailed description of how it all works.
Law Specific Resources
These texts provide a good overview of the concepts and systems associated with law:
- Burrows and Carter Statute Law in New Zealand
- The New Zealand Legal System: structures and processes
- Law Alive: The New Zealand legal system in context
- Treaty of Waitangi
- Principles of Legal Method in New Zealand
- Legal Research in New Zealand
- Legal writing a complete guide to a career in Law
Study guides, student companions, etc
The Law Library has revision guides for a number of areas of law. Here is a list of the current editions of student companions and guides.
- An in-depth examination of a legal topic e.g. employment law, trusts, taxation, etc.
- Written by specialists - judges, practitioners, academics etc.
- A means of determining key case law and legislation
Commentaries explain what the law is about, and are excellent for research because they provide cross-references to other useful sources. Entries in an online commentary usually include links to important cases or legislation where they appear in the same database.
Commentary on Westlaw NZ
Westlaw NZ contains relevant commentary under the text of Act sections where appropriate, which is taken directly from Westlaw NZ online publications such as Adams on Criminal Law, McGechan on Procedure, and others. If you know the Act (and section) that applies to your research the quickest way to locate commentary is via the Related Documents Tab.
- The related documents section and commentary tab
- CCH contains taxation, employment and business commentary.
Commentary in Lexis Advance
Use the legislation citator to locate commentaries and other resources such as journals under the analytical materials heading. Commentaries found on this database include Garrow and Turkington's Criminal Law in New Zealand and Mazengarbs Employment Law in New Zealand. One of the most useful commentaries is The Laws of New Zealand as it covers all aspects of law.
If you need help with using the database, or with any of your research, you can contact us at the Law Library.