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Case Law: Finding Cases

In this guide:

Case Citators

Case Citators help you find the citation to a case, the full text of the judgment in a case, the cases and legislation cited in a case and the subsequent legal history of a case. They may also refer you to journal articles about a case.

There are three recommended case citators that are available through UTS Library:

You might be asking, why do we need to know three? The best answer is that there are strengths and weaknesses to each one. Look at the table below to determine which case citator is best for the case you are looking for. It is often good practice to look up a case in more than one citator.

You can also download the Case Citator Comparison Chart

Case Citator Comparison Chart

These databases also contain unreported judgments.  

The Library has a series of videos to guide you in using the three case citators. The videos demonstrate how to find cases using various methods. i.e. by citation, by party names, by legislation, and by catchwords; and how to limit your results. You can access the videos from our Library's YouTube Playlist: FOL - Finding Cases

Law Reports

The Library subscribes to several online services which allow full text access to reported judgments and case materials.

Use the Library catalogue to find individual law report titles. The Library record will provide details of hard copy holdings, as well as links to online access if available.

Links to authorised law reports are provided below:

International Cases 

To find cases from USA, Asia, Canada, Europe or the UK, use the following databases: