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.
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
Finding Journals and Articles
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.
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.
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.