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Keeping up to date in Law: Introduction

This guide will help you set up email or rss alerts to keep up to date with the latest developments on your topic in legal scholarship, legislation and caselaw.

Why Use Alert Services?

Alert services allow you to stay up to date in your area of research, so that you are notified of new books, journal articles, judicial decisions and legislative developments on your topic.

Alerts are sent to you by email or (increasingly) RSS feeds. The alerts contain short summaries of the article, decision etc. From the alert, you can usually link directly to the full text.

Lexis, Westlaw and Capital Monitor

Our subscriptions to Capital Monitor and the Westlaw International and Lexis platforms do not permit individual staff or students to set up alerts. If there is an alert you would like to set up on these platforms, please discuss it with one of our librarians - there may be an alternative option.

What is in this Guide

This guide contains a selection of alert services in law in selected jurisdictions. It is not a comprehensive list of all legal alert services available. We have tried wherever possible to list alerts which link to full text on free databases, rather than those the University of Melbourne pays to subscribe to.

We have selected our favourite services for inclusion - they are our favourites because they are easy to set up (and cancel!), up to date, and easy to use on desktop and laptop computers and a range of devices on and off campus.

This guide is a work in progress and we will be regularly adding jurisdictions and new services. If you have an alert service you think is fabulous and we have not included it, we'd love to hear about it!

Alerts for MLS academics

The Law Research Service can set up alerts for Melbourne Law School academic staff. These include alerts on Capital Monitor, Westlaw International and LexisNexisAu. The alerts are set up using an 'aggregator' so that all your alerts from multiple databases arrive in one daily email. For more information, please contact the Law Research Service at law-libraryresearch@unimelb.edu.au .