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Legal Research Methods

This guide provides access to major Australian legal resources. It also provides tips on searching for different types of legal resources.

Find law journal articles on a legal topic

Before you begin searching:

  • Define your topic or research question
  • What are the key concepts? 
  • Compile a list of keywords and synonyms

Example: Find a journal article that discusses the case Wurridjal and  the extent of the Australian government's power to acquire property on just terms.

Use these search terms: 

      wurridjal aquisition property just terms


      wurridjal constitution 51(xxxi)  

and search these databases to find Australian law journal articles:

For foreign law journals, search WestlawNext and Westlaw UK.

Set up alerts in journals databases

Google Scholar


Google Scholar searches a range of scholarly items, including journal articles, conference papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. 

Log in to Google Scholar here and use the search box to access full text articles. (RMIT login is required)

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