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How to use Halsbury's Laws of England

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Bogged down with using the print volumes of Halsbury's Laws of England? This slide show gives a step-by-step procedure to working through this encyclopedic work.

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How to use Halsbury's Laws of England

  1. 1. LEGAL ENCYCLOPAEDIAS -Halsbury’s Laws of England (c) Lui Che Woo Law Library, University of Hong Kong Libraries
  2. 2. Where is Halsbury’s Laws of England?The print version of Halsbury’s Law of England is located on the 2nd floor in theLaw Reports & Legislation Collection .
  3. 3. How to use? … a 4-step processStep 1 Index VolumesStep 2 Main VolumesStep 3 Cumulative SupplementStep 4 Current Service
  4. 4. Step 1… begin withthe relevantindex volumes1.1 Use theConsolidated Indexto find the relevantvolume andparagraph number ofa specific topic youare researching;
  5. 5. Step 1 (cont’d)1.2 Use theConsolidated Tableof Cases to find areference to aparticular case;
  6. 6. Step 1 (cont’d)1.3 Use theConsolidated Tableof Statutes to find areference to specificlegislation.
  7. 7. Step 1 (cont’d)The index volumeswill give you areference to a MainVolume in bold type,plus a paragraphnumber in lighter Volume Paragraphtype. number number
  8. 8. Step 2Go to the MainVolume and look up Mainthe volume and Volumeparagraph numberthat the indexvolume refers you to. Volume Paragraph number number
  9. 9. Step 3To ensure theinformation in themain volume iscurrent, turn to theCumulative Volume Paragraph SubjectSupplement. Use number numberthe headings at thevery top of the pageto find the samevolume, subject andparagraph number.If the paragraphnumber is notincluded, then therehas been no changesince the mainvolume.
  10. 10. Step 4Finally, check theCurrent Service,which updates theCumulativeSupplement, for anyrecent developmentsin the law.
  11. 11. Now you are done!Remember, it’s a 4-step process. All the best with your research!

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