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Legislation: Finding by subject

Key points

  • useful if you are not familiar with the legislation that concerns an area of law
  • many sources allow you to search for a subject area or word or phrase and find affiliated legislation

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Useful sources


  • typically contain indexes of legislation and cases discussed within the text
  • if you can locate a well-regarded text in the subject area you are researching, sometimes these can quickly and simply identify the leading legislation on the topic
  • there is usually an index of legislation either at the front or back of the book
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