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Introduction to Legal Research

This guide is an introduction to legal research at the University of Melbourne. This guide is intended for law students in the JD, MLM , Breadth programs who are new to legal research. Students in other disciplines who may need to conduct legal research

Finding Journal Articles on Legislation

Finding journal articles on legislation can help in understanding the broader context of the legislation in terms of how the legislation operates and how it has been interpreted by the courts. Articles written by academics or experts in peer reviewed journals are the best sources to rely on. You may also find articles written in practitioner journals such as the Law Institute Journal (LIJ) - use these articles with caution as they may not be substantive enough for the purpose of academic research, however they can offer some insights into a practitioner perspective or new areas of law. 


The AGIS Plus Text database is compiled by the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department and is the best place to search for Australasian legal scholarship. 

Using the Advanced Search form, select the 'Legislation' field and then enter the name of the legislation in the search bar: 

AGIS is part of the Informit platform - you can search AGIS specifically or include other Informit databases by selecting the databases to search from the button in the top left hand corner:


Using LawCite, search for the legislation and name using the 'Legislation Considered' and 'Section' fields. From the results screen scroll down until you see the section titled 'Matching Law Journal Articles':