The following tools allow you to search for journal articles and case comments on your topic in many journals at the same time. These resources are either indexing / abstracting tools or full text databases. However, many of the indexing / abstracting tools listed below link to the full text articles.
Abstracting / indexing tools are the most effective and efficient way to find relevant scholarly law journal articles, as the databases are searched by title, keyword etc, rather than the full text of the articles, so the results are going to be more relevant.
When searching full text databases, you will need to construct clever searches using, for example, proximity operators, so that your words/phrases retrieve relevant articles, as these databases will search every word in the articles. Alternatively, use field searching if available to eg: search for your words in the title, abstract, subject, keyword fields, rather than in the full text.
To find journal articles about Canadian law, we recommend the following Canadian and multijurisdictional databases:
CANADIAN JOURNALS (UniMelb staff & student access)
Index to Canadian Legal Literature on WestlawNext Canada
Articles and Newsletters on WestlawNext Canada
All Canadian Legal Journals on Lexis Advance
Although the following databases cover not only Canadian journal literature, several include coverage of Canadian journals. In addition, articles on Canadian law may be written in, for example, US, UK or Australian journals
AGIS Plus Text on the INFORMIT platform (UniMelb staff & student access)
HeinOnline Law Journal Library (UniMelb staff & student access)
Index to Legal Periodicals on the EBSCO platform (UniMelb staff & student access)
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981 on the EBSCO platform (UniMelb staff & student access)
Legal Journals Index on Westlaw UK (UniMelb staff & student access)
Legaltrac (UniMelb staff & student access)
SSRN (open access) This is the best database for finding very recent pre-publication articles and book chapters.
Metallic, Naiomi Walqwan, 'The Relationship Between Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?' (2017). Irwin Law Special Series, Special Lectures 2017 - Canada at 150: The Charter and the Constitution (Forthcoming)
Oguamanam, Chidi and Vipal Jain, 'Access and Benefit Sharing, Canadian and Aboriginal Research Ethics Policy after the Nagoya Protocol: Digital DNA and Transformations in Biotechnology' (2017) 3 (1) Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 79-112
A selection of Canadian law e-journals held by the Law Library is listed below. For more journals titles, search the Library catalogue.