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Law: Cases

A start guide to legal research in the C J Koh Law Library


A case citation is a reference to a legal case in the law reports. You will need this in order to locate the report of a case.

It generally includes the

  • names of the parties to the case
  • year the decision of the court was delivered or published
  • volume number of the law report
  • abbreviation of the law report series
  • first page at which the case is reported.

Anwar Siraj and Another v Ting Kang Chung John [2010] 1 SLR 1026

Locate print copies of law reports using the library catalogue, LINC (Books & Media tab). Search for law reports by title. Alternatively, search for full text of cases in one of the law databases (see box below).

Finding Cases

Identify legal abbreviations using these online and print sources:

* Librarian's preferred choice for non-Singapore sources

If you have a case citation, e.g. Salmah v Chop Chin Guan Hong [1929] SSLR 172:

Step 1. Identify the legal abbreviation in the citation using an index. For Singapore cases, use the Singapore Legal Abbreviations index.


Step 2. Search for the law report by "Title" in LINC (Books & Media tab).


Step 3. Select the relevant title from the results list.

Step 4. Determine the location of the relevant volume.

Step 5. Once you have retrieved the relevant volume, turn to the first page of the report, which in this case is page 172.


For a full listing of databases, see: Guide to Electronic Resources Collection.

This is a selection of the more commonly searched databases for cases:


  • Lexis Advance Singapore
    Popular database for legal researchers containing an extensive range of law reports.
  • WestLaw
    Another popular legal database containing an extensive range of law reports.



  • Lawinfochina (English version of
    Contains English translations of judicial decisions approved and published by the Supreme People's Court or the Supreme People's Procuratorate in the areas of administrative disputes, civil disputes, criminal offences, economic disputes, intellectual property law and maritime disputes.


  • JustisOne
    Contains the European Court Reports and Official Journal of the European Communities.


  • Manupatra
    Cases from the Supreme Court and all High Courts of India.


  • Lexis Advance Singapore
    The Malayan Law Journal contains reports of cases from the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, Malaysian High Court (in all states) from 1932 to current.


Sri Lanka

  • Law Lanka
    Contains Sri Lankan reported judgments from the New Law Reports and Sri Lanka Law Reports.


  • HeinOnline
    Contains the English Reports.
  • ICLR
    Contains the Law Reports, Weekly Law Reports and Business Law Reports
    Informa publications, including the Building Law Reports, Lloyd's Law Reports and Lloyd's Reinsurance Law Reports. To begin searching, click on Login on the top menu bar and enter your NUS email address.
  • JustisOne
    Helps find leading authorities and establish the current status of the law.
  • Lexis Library
    Law reports in this database include the All England Law Reports, All England (Direct), All England Commercial Cases and All ER Reprints.
  • Times Digital Archive
    Digital online edition of the Times London 1785-2011. Contains the Times newspaper reports.


  • *CML CMI Database
    Database of judicial decisions on international maritime conventions. Contains case summaries, with links to full texts where available. Project undertaken and hosted by the Centre for Maritime Law of the National University of Singapore in collaboration with the Comité Maritime International.
  • ICC Digital Library
    Extracts from ICC arbitral awards published in the Bulletin from 1990 to date.
  • Investor-State Law Guide
    Contains publicly available ICSID, NAFTA and ad hoc tribunal decisions, and relevant materials pertaining thereto.
  • KluwerArbitration
    Contains arbitration awards and decisions.
  • Oxford Reports on International Law
    Contains arbitral awards, arbitral decisions, OPIC decisions, international court decisions and national court decisions.

* indicates open access database

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