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Westlaw (Australia) Guide - How to search and browse books

Last Published: February 01, 2022

This guide shows you how to search and browse books on Westlaw. Books are law textbooks available in edition format (that is they are published yearly) and the extensive collection on Westlaw is used by practitioners, the bar and students. These books are also available in hardcopy.

  1. Browse the collection of books by clicking Secondary Sources.
  1. Then click on Books.
  1. Books are displayed alphabetically.
  1.  Click on Product Scope to obtain further information about each title.
  1. You can also click on the library scope information to understand the key features within this page which includes filtering by Topic, Jurisdiction, Subscription or Favourites.


  1. Once you are in a Book, you can browse by clicking on the + symbol to open up the documents within a chapter, this includes the index.
  1. To search the full text of the entire Books collection type your terms directly into the global search bar.

  1. Searches can also be run with or without publication filters or by selecting specific publications using the checkboxes, i.e., a Topic filter.
  1. Books can also be searched using the Advanced Search which contains more search fields.

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