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Legal encyclopaedias provide succinct commentary on the current state of the law. They are arranged systematically with case and statute law authorities in support of legal propositions. These legal encyclopaedias may be searched or browsed through a Table of Contents.

Search tip! How to research using a legal encyclopaedia


Laws of Australia on WestlawAU (formerly LegalOnline)
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Laws of Australia Online

Halsburys Laws of Australia on LexisNexis AU
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Halsburys Laws of Australia online

New Zealand

Halsburys Laws of New Zealand on LexisNexis

United Kingdom

Halsbury's Laws of England – not available online – held in Law Reference


Canadian Encyclopaedic Digest on Westlaw

United States

Corpus Juris Secundum Westlaw
American Jurisprudence, 2d Westlaw; LexisNexis
Restatements of the Law (American Law Institute) Westlaw; LexisNexis (search for Restatements of the Law within Find a Source)

American Jurisprudence, Table of Contents, on Westlaw

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