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Secondary Resources for Law

A guide to help you locate and use secondary sources for Australian legal research.

Finding a Journal Article on a Topic

Finding a Journal Article on a topic

Journal databases

Journal databases such as AustLII, Lexis Advance and Westlaw AU cite publications referring to legislation. Access journal article databases from the Law Library website Research Databases by Type - Journal Articles


Find journal articles on a specific case

Finding Journal Articles on a specific case


The following information relates to finding articles on Australian cases. For information about other jurisdictions, check the 'Foreign, Global and Comparative' list of research guides on the law library website

Search for the case using a case citator. Once you have located the record for the case, look for the links to journal articles about the case.  Each of the case citators label these links differently. Following is a summary: 

In the list of journal articles cited, the full text may be available. If there is no link to the full text, search for the journal's name using the Library catalogue.

Often citations to journals will include the journal name in abbreviated form. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, search for the abbreviation using a tool such as the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

Finding a Journal Article on Legislation

Finding a Journal Article on Legislation


The following information relates to finding articles on Australian legislation. For information about other jurisdictions, check the 'Foreign, Global and Comparative' list of research guides on the law library website.

Looking for Subject or Jurisdiction Specific Journal database?

Looking for Subject or Jurisdiction Specific Journal Database?


For more information about journal databases for the subject area you are interested in, the Research Guides collection for each topic or jurisdiction will include essential journal databases. Alternatively, check the Research Databases by Type (Journal Articles) for a list of recommended sources.