Law: Graduate researchers

Resources for legal research and writing, including guides to broad areas of law.

Graduate Researchers

The Law Library works with Monash graduate researchers, providing resources and skills building to help you succeed. 

Law Graduate Research student resources

Getting started  resources

Monash University Graduate Education - Monash Doctoral Program

The Law Faculty's 2017 Graduate Research Students' Guide provides guidelines and advice on thesis preparation.

See the Library's Graduate Research Library guide for information and links related to:

Use EndNote or Zotero to keep track of your references and format footnote citations in your document.

Find out about Storage and Backup guidelines.

If you can't find a resource at Monash, check with the Law Library team, or complete a Document Delivery request.

Read this article from Survive Law on writing a legal research thesis for useful tips on keeping your thesis on track.

Take a look at the database to find streamed courses and videos on using software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Project management tools, and many others.

Make an appointment with a Law librarian or learning skills adviser to discuss your research or writing needs.

Find Theses

Look at the Library's Theses library guide to find:

Tips from the Thesis Whisperer

The Thesis Whisperer

The Thesis Whisperer is a  blog dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University.

Law Graduate Research writing group

Writing group   writing

A Writing Group on thesis writing is run as part of the Law Faculty's component of the Research Skills training activities program. It is intended to facilitate constructive comment and feedback by group members. Contact Katherine Brabon, Learning Skills Adviser, for information. 

This course of 6 seminars brings these two areas together, combining presentations and workshop activities on aspects of research writing in Law with an opportunity for students to hone their writing skills through a process of peer review, where they will learn to:

  •  give and receive feedback in a professional and collegial manner
  •  develop awareness of writing for readers
  • identify features of their own writing which they can improve

The success of this process depends on commitment from the participants, who will be expected to attend all the sessions, and to contribute at least one piece of writing for peer review feedback during the course of the semester. You can register your interest through the Google form.

Target group:  

ConvenorKatherine Brabon and Dr Jan Pinder, Learning Skills Advisers, Monash University Library

Time and place: Law Library Meeting room level 1, 10.00am-12:00pm. 



session content



  • Structuring a thesis
  • expectations and ground rules for sessions, giving and receiving feedback, sign-up for submitting writing



  • Introductions - functions and forms
  • peer review



  • Working with literature
  • peer review



  • Talking to the reader – signposts, headings, and your presence in the text
  •  peer review



  • Making argument structure explicit
  • peer review



  • group choice of topic
  • peer review



Build your skills

Build your skills

See the Library's Research & Learning Online site for tutorials on Graduate Research and Writing 

  • Research as a processRLO
  • Working with research literature
  • Writing about research
  • Publishing your research


Stay up-to-date

Be alerted!

New High Court judgments - contact Kay Tucker to be added to the internal email list or sign up for alerts on the HCA website.

Legislation updates - set up alerts for new legislation, amendments or Bills progress on either Lawlex or TimeBase's LawOne. See our Legislation guide for instructions or contact the Law Library team.

Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) - contact Kay Tucker to be added to the Legal Scholarship Network alerts for new papers in your areas of interest.

Alert24 on Westlaw AU - set up alerts in your broad areas of interest or for specific titles, eg, journals such as the Australian Law Journal, or reports such as the CLRs.

Lexis Advance - Setting up Topic Alerts  - take a look at this brief clip (2.19min) from the Lexis Knowledge Network to learn how you can browse to a topic and then create a Topic Alert that will then notify you of any updates or new documents related to that topic.

Journals - set up alerts to new articles in specific journal titles on journal publisher platforms. See our Journals guide for links.



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