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Australasian Legal Information The Computer Strand question only referred to the Australasian Legal Information Institute AustLII Although I used AustLII extensively for the library strand to find relevant legislation AustLII publishes primary legal materials legislation treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals and secondary legal materials law reform and royal commission reportsAustLII a seamless electronic access to primary and secondary sources of law compared to books located through the conventional law library is a highly desirable method for legal research AustLII provided an excellent introduction to more structured searching for materials just as legislations and particularly when used in conjunction with keyword searching it increased search success AustLII increases work speed and efficiency due to the ability to search for all your information in one place It is also very easy to search through information using hypertext links Text manipulation is a further advantage of using AustLII Once the information required is found you can easily save it print it and cut and past it into documents you are working on This is a stark contrast to the manual library research process Also at any time I was able to retrace my steps by clicking the back function on the Internet browser Although the overall usefulness of AustLII depended to a great extend on the clarity of its and the extent to which its coverage and subdivision of a topic matches the understanding of the topic The search engine did not offer annotations or expand on key words as of yet Simply through placing a phrase in quotation marks or slightly altering its wording one can dramatically alter the results a search engine returns It is therefore important to rephrase a search entry if it does not work before it is discarded For example a search for drunk driving does not retrieve the statute for driving under the influence Because there wasnt necessarily any consistency between AustLII which index the same
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