Legal commentary: Journals

Find legal dictionaries, commentaries, texts, journal articles, news, and more.

What are journal articles?

Journal articles journals

Journal articles provide a depth of analysis and opinion which will inform your argument, especially when writing research essays. Use journal articles to:

  • provide an overview on the law related to a research topic
  • focus on a more specific or specialised aspect of the law
  • provide current information, not yet available in text books
  • summarise a recent case or legislative amendment
  • provide scholarly opinions of experts to backup your argument
  • lead you to other articles or cases on similar points of law
  • provide discussion on proposed reforms to the law.

This page provides information on relevant databases used to identify and locate articles on a legal topic. To check what journals the Library subscribes to, use Search to find a particular journal, or browse the Law category in electronic journals

Browse journals

Browse law journals

Keep up with the law - read these journals

Keep up with the law - read these journals

Monash University Law Review (Hein Online) ; current issue

Law Institute Journal  (LIV website - subscription)

Alternative Law Journal

Monash University Law Review cover   

Read papers by Monash Faculty of Law academics - free downloads via the SSRN Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series
Monash Law academics can contact the Law Library to receive SSRN email alerts.

Law Review Commons - contains over 75,000 articles from open-access law reviews with issues dating from 1904.

Stay up-to-date

Stay up-to-date with these alerts

Create RSS feeds or email alerts to see tables of contents for new issues of your favourite journal.

LexisNexis Content Notifier - LexisNexis Newsletters, Reports, Journals and Bulletins
Subscribe to an email service notifying you whenever LexisNexis reports journals or bulletins are updated. Through this service you will receive the table of contents of the latest issue in PDF format.

Westlaw AU Alert 24 - In Preferences, set up your profile and create a OnePass username and Password. Then select journals, law reports or commentaries to create individual email alerts.

Thomson Reuters Journals Talk  - visit the site or sign up to receive articles and news in the Thomson Reuters online journals.

Cambridge Journals Online - Register to receive TOC alerts to your favourite journals.

Hart email list  - select Hart journals (listed at the end of the list of interests)

JournalTOCs (Heriot-Watt University) - free site to receive TOCs for journals of interest, including 632 Law journals.

Oxford Journals - Register, then sign up for free TOC email alerts.

Taylor and Francis  - Register first, then select journals and set up an email alert.


Legal abbreviations

Key journal databases for Australian law

Key Australian law databases

Key full-text Australian law journal databases

Key Australian full-text databases

Search the full-text of Australian law journals online, using the following databases:

Key foreign law journal databases and repositories

Key foreign law databases

These databases also include articles with Australian content or articles written by Australian authors. 

Find more at our Law databases A-Z or Law databases by subject pages.

Finding full-text

Find full-text

If you find an article record that does not provide full text, look for a link. Clicking this will open a new window to show you where the full-text can be located, or provide a direct link to the journal record in Search.

Note - not all databases have this facility, so, alternatively, use Search.

To help with locating the article and citing it, always make a note of the journal details (title, volume, issue, year and starting page number) as well as the author and title of the article.

If using Google Scholar off-campus to search for articles, set the Scholar Preferences to recognise Monash University (under Library Links) so that you can link through to subscribed full-text journals for participating publishers.