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Legal commentary: 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

You can use a mix of broad based searching and law specific database searching.
Broad based searching may provide a useful overview of what's available but be aware that some publishers such as Lexis and Westlaw do not allow their journals to be included.

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.

Browse law journals