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Legal commentary: Legal dictionaries and encyclopaedias

Legal dictionaries

A legal dictionary helps to clarify a term, place it in its legal context, and provides related concepts and keywords. There may also be references to key cases and legislation.

Online Australian legal dictionaries:

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Legal encyclopaedias

Legal encyclopaedias comprise a narrative statement of the law of Australia organised by subject area and covering all nine jurisdictions. Statements of legal principles and propositions of substantive law are supported by references to primary authority (cases and legislation).

Always check the currency of the relevant paragraph in the encyclopaedias and update the primary sources.

Online Australian legal encyclopaedias:

Foreign law

A selection of subscription resources for the United Kingdom and the United States

United Kingdom

United States