3. Finding law about a subject
The aim of this section is
to help you find legal materials on any subject matter.
3.1. Browsing Subjects
If a Subjects page
is available for the information for which you are looking, you should use it.
It may be easier than trying to construct searches using search engines - it
depends on the subject matter.
- Go to the Categories >>
- Does it include subject pages for your topics of interest? If so, inspect
- On any Subjects page, check if there is an Other Indexes subcategory, as it
may reveal other good indexes.
- Task: From the Categories >>
Insolvency & Bankruptcy pages, find materials
on cross-border insolvency.
3.2. Searching for subjects
On each page of World Law
there is a choice between searching
- All World Law (the default option)
- Only World Law... (the specific sites on your chosen category page)
- All WorldLII (the integration of the SINO search engine over AustLII,
BAILII, CanLII, PacLII, HKLII, World Law and related LIIs)
- Law on Google (the integration of World Law with Google's search
- Go to the Subjects >> Primary Industry >> Fisheries page. Try to
find legal materials on the issue of fishing. Compare the results from each of
the search scope options available from World Law.
- Search All World Law for webpages that deal with your first subject of
- Are you sure you are searching everything in World Law?
- Is any of these words the correct search option, or should you change it?
- Inspect your search results. What do the percentages mean? How many web
pages and how many categories were found?
- Search across the remaining search options - Only World Law [name of
subject]; All WorldLII; Law on Google?
- Now repeat these searches for your second subject of