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Internet searching questions

How can I find reports on the internet?

What internet sites do the library staff use the most?

How can I find reports on the internet?

Reported cases, that is, cases as published in a series of reports, such as the Tasmanian Reports (Tas R), are usually only available on the internet BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION.  Such sites include those of the major legal publishers, LexisNexis (Butterworths) , Thomson (LBC) and CCH.

The integrated libraries subscribe to some of the online titles available from these publishers.

BUT, the unreported versions of the decisions of many courts and tribunals (which can later be reported as described above) are available FREE on the internet. 

Most major jurisdictions make their decisions available on AUSTLII. Some publish decisions on their own sites, for instance the Fair Work Australia and NSW Courts and Tribunals.

Citations for unreported decisions, as available on the internet, are often confused with those for reported cases.  Citations for unreported decisions now follow the Australian standard set out by the Legal Information Standards Council for medium neutral citation.

Some examples:
[2004] TASSC  99  (from Supreme Court of Tasmania)

[2003] NSWLEC 140 (from NSW Land and Environment Court)

List of Medium Neutral Citations (from Macquarie University, Tasmanian citations incomplete)....

More information on medium neutral citation...

What internet sites do the library staff use the most?

We all like   www.google.com.au

A recent survey showed we use the most: (free sites):

Tas Legislation :       www.thelaw.tas.gov.au

Commonwealth Legislation :      http://www.comlaw.gov.au/

Australian Caselaw and Legislation:       www.austlii.edu.au/

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations:      http://www.legalabbrevs.cardiff.ac.uk/

Tasmanian Government Information:      www.tas.gov.au/ 

Federal awards & industrial information:      www.fwa.gov.au/index.cfm?pagename=awardsfind  

Medical journal articles:     www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi 

Linc Tasmania (State Library of Tasmania catalogue):    www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/

Index of Ausralian newspaper articles:     www.newstext.com.au

NSW Decisions, many jurisdictions:      http://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/

US court decisions:      www.lexisone.com/

UK version of AUSTLII:      www.bailii.org/

Subscription Sites

LexisNexis -   www.lexisnexis.com.au