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Getting Started in Research for a Thesis: Finding Journals by Title of the Journal

This guide will help law PhD and MPhil students to begin their legal research using the University Library's resources

Finding journals by title

If you have complete citation details of the journal article you are interested in, the simplest way to find a journal is to do a JOURNAL TITLE search in the catalogue for the title of the journal (NOT the title of the article!) – this sounds obvious and simple but is very often overlooked. A catalogue search tells you whether we hold the journal in print and/or online and guides you to the databases/s which have the online version.

Sometimes you will find the journal is available through a number of online databases.  You must choose the right database with the right coverage, as shown below.

Choose one database and sign on using your University of Melbourne username and password. Once you are in the chosen database you can search for your articles by browsing the appropriate volume.


Tips in search journals

Most but not all journal titles appear in the catalogue – if yours does not:

  1. Search for online journals by going to Find Individual Databases & E-Journals
  2. Check Westlaw  and/or for the title. 

In Westlaw, you can start typing an article title or a journal title in the main search box field, as shown below. It will give you some suggestions as you typing in.

In Lexis, type the journal title into the 'Find a Source' box on the left of the screen.

3. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, please ask a law librarian! Email: or call us at 8344 8913.