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Employment Law: Secondary Materials

Secondary Material

Legal material is divided into two main types:

Primary, which consists of legislation and cases law;  and 

Secondary, which covers everything else, including journals, texts, reports and reference material such as encyclopaedia and dictionaries.


Finding Books

The library has collection of print books and ebooks. Many books (both print and ebook) can be located using Library Search and the Library Catalogue.

Specialist databases which contain law ebook collections of various sizes:


Browse the Shelves

Most print books for Law, can be found on level 5 in the City Campus Library.

There are also collections of law books in both the South and North Campus Libraries.


The books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification. Many law books can be found at 340 - 349.99.

You can browse these areas:

Law in general     340

Criminal law         345

Tax            336 & 343

International law  341

Property law   346.93


Help Finding Books

To find and borrow books in the library: How to use the library


If the AUT Library does not have a book, article, case etc which you need, the Interlibrary loan / document delivery services are available to obtain items from other libraries.


Finding Journals and Articles

Some legal journals and articles can be found by searching Library Search or Library Catalogue. However, many will be found within the specialist law databases (see Databases tab above).

Use the Finding Legal Journals Articles flowchart  steps  below to ensure you check all the right places:


Step 1 – try the article title in Library Search (we may have it online via a non-law database)

Step 2 – check the abbreviation and jurisdiction for the Journal that the article comes from on Common Legal Abbreviations and AUT Database Locations and/or Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviation (also see the Law Quick Links box)

Step 3 – now you have the Journal Title, search for it in the Library Catalogue (we have it in print or a link to the appropriate online database)

Step 4 – if it is not in the Library Catalogue or Library Search, use the Where to Search Legal Information at AUT document (also see the Law Quick Links box) to see where you can locate journal articles for that jurisdiction.

Journal Citation

A citation for a journal article using the New Zealand Law Style Guide 3rd ed. (Rule 6.4):


Author  Article Title Year  Vol  Journal Abbreviation Starting Page Pinpoint Reference

   Peter Watts "Birks' Unjust Enrichment" (2005) 121 LQR 163 at 165.


Law Journals

The following journals are a small selection of titles available. Please refer to the Law Databases as well as the Library Catalogue and Library Search to access many more.

New Zealand Law Journal

New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy

Harvard Law Review

The Modern Law Review

Help Finding Journals

Do you only have the abstract  and /or citation of an article in a database, but not the full text?

Click on the database's    button to link through to any available full text

Take note that many Law databases do not have this option.


If the AUT Library does not have a book, article, case etc which you need, the Interlibrary loan / document delivery services are available to obtain items from other libraries.