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Keeping up to date in Law


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!

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.

Alerts for MLS Academics

The Academic Research Service can advise Melbourne Law School academic staff on how to set up alerts to keep track of, for example, cases or literature on a particular topic, changes to a particular piece of legislation etc. Alerts are available for many jurisdictions and on many databases. For more information, please contact the Academic Research Service at

Guide Author 

This Research Guide is created and maintained by the MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School.

Please contact us at with corrections, suggestions or comments about the Guide.