Journal articles provide detailed analysis, opinions and arguments on areas of, or issues in, law. They are usually written by academics, practitioners or experts in the area. They can provide current information and commentary before it appears in textbooks. You may be asked to find them to support your arguments and opinions.
To find a known journal article, search the Library catalogue by the title of the journal then follow the links to the online version (Available online ) and choose the volume, issue and pages that you need. There may also be a search box to search for authors,article titles or phrases within that journal.
If the journal is only in print, the catalogue will give the floor level (Level 4), the prefix ‘P’ for a periodical and the Shelf Number. Some print Journals may be housed in Offsite storage. Check the Library catalogue for an online version of the article you require.
You may be asked to find journal articles on a legal topic, piece of legislation or a case. For this, you will need to search specialised law databases such as Lexis Advance, New Westlaw AU or Informit.
Some of these databases may not give you the full text of the article, just the citation (reference). You will then have to search the Library catalogue on the full title of the journal to find whether it is online in a database or in print. There may be a Find It link within the databases that performs this search for you.
Databases may abbreviate the titles of journals. In AGLC referencing you must give the full title of the journal when you cite an article
e.g. ALJ is the abbreviation for the Australian Law Journal.
Here are some abbreviation sources you can use to find the full journal title: