- Summarise your topic; use a legal dictionary or encyclopaedia to define any legal terms.
- Identify keywords and synonyms; look for differences between Australian/UK/USA terminology and spelling.
- Use the truncation function e.g. negligent* to search for negligent, negligence and negligently.
- Use phrase searching to search for legal phrases e.g. "duty of care".
- Connect keywords using the Boolean Operators AND to narrow the search and OR to broaden the search.
- To find good quality academic journal articles search specialised legal databases as well as the Library catalogue.
- The best sources of Australian material are AGIS Plus Text, AustLII, Westlaw AU and Lexis Advance.
- Use Hein Online, Westlaw, Lexis.com and Index to Legal Periodicals for international material.
- Always check the Help option when using a database to find out the correct way to search successfully.
- If the Library does not have an article you need, request it form another library using our Get It service.
Finding journal articles about a case
- Use a case citator like FirstPoint, CaseBase or LawCite to cite journal articles referring to a case.
- Some journal databases have a specific search field to find journal articles about a legal case.
Finding journals about an Act
- Use a case citator or annotator to cite journal articles referring to specific pieces of legislation.
- Some journal databases have a specific search field to find journal articles about legislation.
Search the Library catalogue
Finding articles for an assignment