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Help for First Time Visitors
The essential information for first time visitors to AustLII, offered in the hope that it will save hours of frustrating and fruitless searching.
What's new in AustLII?
For our regular users, a list of the new features (as well as planned features) in the new AustLII system.
AustLII User Guides
Download and print one of our AustLII User Guides for all the information you need to use AustLII effectively. Documents can be printed and distributed for free to classes and students.
Help on Searching
Information on how to search AustLII for materials, including basic and advanced search techniques and tips. Help is given for both beginner and advanced users on using SINO and the new interface.
Case Law Help
Help on how to navigate and use case law (court judgements), such as help on printing, searching and downloading.
Legislation Databases Help
Help on how to navigate and use legislation, such as help on printing, searching and downloading acts.
Secondary Materials Help
Help on how to navigate and use secondary materials, such as help on printing, locating organisation home pages and searching sites.
AustLII World Law Links
Documentation on using AustLII's World Law Links - a collection of world law sites. (Out of date -- new version in preparation.)
(Mainly applies to legislation) Describes how to view an entire act at once and download a file for printing.
Full SINO Documentation
Full documentation for the SINO search engine, including supported search language emulations, full boolean syntax and support for regular expressions.
SINO Common Words
A "common word" is a word that is so common that it is not indexed at all (eg "the", "and", "he", "she"). This is the list of common words used by AustLII.
Technical information on the process involved in "freeform" (also known as "freetext") searching over AustLII.