By Type


IMPORTANT: Most databases listed below require authentication using your University username and password.

Please note that the following list is a selection of databases relevant to legal research. Use the Library catalogue to find all databases subscribed to by the University of Melbourne Library.

Journal Articles

Refer to the Research Guide on Secondary Sources for more sources and detailed information.

AGIS Plus Text

The key resource for Australasian legal journal articles, conference papers and reports. Coverage: 143 law journals. Indexed articles from 1970. Full text articles from 1995 (See also Informit).

AustLII Legal Scholarship Library

Australasian database of 60 full text law journals, including many not included in AGIS.

Bloomberg BNA

Large collection of Bloomberg BNA law journal titles, covering a range of practice areas.

Hein Online Full text

Retrospective legal periodicals. Coverage: Some titles from late 1800's. Generally does not hold material from the last 3 years.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Abstracts

Multilingual index to 470 legal journals worldwide. Also covers some published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports. Coverage: 1985+.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981

Indexes articles from over 1,025 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks and bar association publications, and over 1,400 books per year. Includes full text coverage for over 320 periodicals from 1994. Mostly US content, but includes major periodicals from Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. ILP combines 2 databases: ILP Full Text (Index from 1982 +, some full text from 1994 +) and ILP Retrospective (index only, vol 1 – 1981 for most titles). Coverage: 1908+.

Legal Source (previously called Index to Legal Periodicals) Multijurisdictional Index, Abstracts and Full Text

Legal Source combines the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books with over 1,200 full text journals to provide coverage of the most respected scholarly law journals from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

LegalTrac Index with some full text

Key resource for legal journals, law reviews, newpspers, bar association journals, and international legal journals. Indexing for approximately 1700+ journals.
Jurisdiction: US focus and some titles from other jurisdiction such as Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Coverage: 1980+

Lexis Full text

900 full text journals, law reviews, bar journals and legal newspapers. Mainly US and Canadian titles.

LexisNexisAU Full text and article citator

Includes 12 Lexis journals in full text, as well as the ability to search for journal references to cases in Casebase. Also inclcludes a number of bulletins, such as Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Bulletin, Employment Law Bulletin, Internet Law Bulletin, Privacy Law Bulletin. Coverage: 1990's+

LexisNexis Academic Full text

350+ worldwide newspapers. Includes headline news, general news' topics, news/broadcast transcripts, foreign language news sources as well as company, industry, market and legal news.

Westlaw Full Text

Coverage includes over 700 US law journals and law reviews.

Westlaw AU Full text

Includes the Australian Legal Journals Index, plus a number of key Australian law journals.

Multi-disciplinary Journal Articles

Academic Search Complete Full text

Multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for 4,500+ journals, including 3604+ peer-reviewed titles and 374 mostly full text law titles. US focus, but includes some international. Coverage: Mainly from mid 1980s.

Cambridge Journals Full text

Journals from Cambridge publishing. 230 journals, including 23 law titles.

Informit (Including AGIS)

The INFORMIT platform contains many multidisciplinary indexing and abstracting services, with predominantly Australasian and Asia/Pacific content. AGIS is the most comprehensive tool for finding Australasian legal articles. A number of other individual and collected databases are also pertinent to law, including SNIPER (intellectual property), CINCH (criminal justice), WORKLIT (employment and industrial relations), APA-FT (public affairs), the Indigenous Collection, Humanities & Social Sciences Collection and Family & Society Collection.

  • To search across all the databases on INFORMIT select the menu item "Select by Database name" and then "Update Selection".
  • To search AGIS (the most comprehensive tool for finding Australasian legal articles) select the menu option "Select by Database name". All databases will be selected by default so you will need to click on the link "Select None", then select AGIS and then select "Update Selection".
  • You can also browse databases by subject (e.g. arts and humanities or health) or find relevant databases by using keywords.

JSTOR Full text

Full text archives of 1000+ leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Includes approx. 60 law titles. Coverage: Does not hold issues for the most recent 3-5 years.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network - includes Legal Scholarship Network) Full text and abstracts

The SSRN elibrary includes an abstract database containing abstracts from 260,000+ scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, and an electronic paper collection currently containing 200,000+ full text papers.

Web of Science (includes Current Contents) Full text

Multi-disciplinary database which covers agriculture, art, biology, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, environmental studies, humanities, life sciences, medicine, science, social sciences, and technology.

Newspapers

For a more detailed look at other Newspaper resources, including free resources please see the Finding News Research Guide

Factiva Full text

25,000+ authoritative sources including 3000+ newspaper titles. Includes Dow Jones and Reuters newswires, the Associated Press, and D&B company profiles. May be unavailable at peak usage times.

Google News Archive Search Full Text

The Google News Archive search function provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. Many historical newspaper title holdings, some going back to the 19th century. All articles are digitised images of their original form.

Lexis-Nexis Academic Full text

350+ worldwide newspapers. Includes headline news, general news topics, news/broadcast transcripts, foreign language news sources, company, industry, market news and legal news.

Fairfax papers Full text

Premium access to the websites of The Age, the Australian Financial Review, and the Sydney Morning Herald.  Access is also available to digital replica versions of the print editions.

Commentary

Bloomberg BNA - Full text

Bloomberg BNA provides expert analysis, practice tools and guidance on a wide range of areas of legal practice. Mainly coves the US jurisdiction.

CCH Online - Intelliconnect Full text

Australian CCH online commentary services covering topics such as corporations, trade practices, tax, health and medical law, industrial relations, torts and climate change.

LexisNexisAU Full text

Collection of Australian legal databases covering a large range of law areas. Includes the encyclopaedia Halsbury's Laws of Australia, plus commentary covering a range of topics such as civil procedure, contract law, corporations law, criminal law, intellectual property, evidence, and family law.

Lexis Full text commentary

Legal commentary covering a range of topics. To access this content select the link 'Secondary Legal' from the Lexis homepage.

Westlaw AU Full text

Includes the encyclopaedia Laws of Australia, plus commentary on a range of topics such as administrative law, bankruptcy law, civil procedure and dispute resolution, competition and consumer law, commercial arbitration, contract law, corporations law, evidence, intellectual property, media and internet law, and trusts.

Westlaw Next Cases, Legislation, Commentary & Journal Articles

Westlaw Next is a US based collection of full text databases. Coverage includes US, UK & Canadian case law, US legislation, more than 700 law reviews, selected international materials and newspapers form most parts of the world including Australia.
For assistance using Westlaw Next please contact the library or have a look at these helpful training videos:
Westlaw Next - Managing and Sharing your research
Westlaw Next - Using Keycite to Verify and expand your Research
Westlaw Next - Getting Relevant results with Westlaw Next
More videos at Westlaw Insider

Cases

AustLII

Australian and New Zealand unreported decisions, including most Australian courts, and many lower courts and tribunals.

Cambridge Law Reports

Cambridge Law Reports offers access to some key report series, including the content of the International Law Reports and the ICSID Reports series.

Canadian Case Summaries

Summaries in English of Canadian and English court cases prepared

CCH Online - Intelliconnect

Australian CCH law reports.

ICLR - Incorporated Council of Law Reporting

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) publish law reports of the judicial decisions of the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales. ICLR Online contains the full text of the Law Reports and the Weekly Law Reports. ICLR's Citator+ provides you with authoritative index information for each case, the appellate history and current status. It also includes Daily Law Notes which provide summaries of key cases within 24 hours of judgment.

JADE

Jade (Judgments and Decisions Enhanced) is a free current awareness service that collects recent decisions of selected Australian Courts and Tribunals. Jade can be used to search for Australian decisions, receive alerts on new decisions by email, and court digests by RSS. Jade has digitised copies of the Commonwealth Law Reports (CLRs) from 1903-1952.

Justis

Full text of the Times Law Reports (1990+), the English Reports (1220 – 1873), the Daily Law Reports (1999+) and the International Law Reports (1919+).

LawCite

Free access cross-jurisdictional case citator hosted on CommonLII.

Lexis

US case law, but also material from Australia, Canada, UK, the United Nations, and other international organizations. Includes Shephard's Citator service. Some users experience problems when using Internet Explorer. If this occurs, you should try using an alternative browser such as Mozilla.

LexisNexisAU

Collection of full-text Australian legal databases. Includes law reports such as the Australian Law Reports, Family Law Reports, Intellectual Property Reports and Victorian Reports. It also includes Unreported Judgments for each of the Australian states and territories, and the CaseBase case citator.

Westlaw AU (formerly Legal Online)

Law reports published by Thomson, including the Commonwealth Law Reports (1900+), the Australian Law Journal Reports, Australian Criminal Reports, Australian Tax Reports, and the Administrative Appeals Reports. Legal Online also includes unreported decisions, as well as the Firstpoint case citator and digest.

Westlaw Next Cases, Legislation, Commentary & Journal Articles

Westlaw Next is a US based collection of full text databases. Coverage includes US, UK & Canadian case law, US legislation, more than 700 law reviews, selected international materials and newspapers form most parts of the world including Australia.
For assistance using Westlaw Next please contact the library or have a look at these helpful training videos:
Westlaw Next - Managing and Sharing your research
Westlaw Next - Using Keycite to Verify and expand your Research
Westlaw Next - Getting Relevant results with Westlaw Next
More videos at Westlaw Insider

Westlaw UK

Cases from some of the UK's most renowned reporting series, including Weekly Law Reports, Fleet Street Reports and Session Cases from the SCLR.

WorldLII

World Legal Information Institute. Links to case material and legal resources worldwide. Browsable by country name.

E Books

Brill Nijhoff

Brill publications for international law and human rights are available in this database. Books are written by a wide range of international authors.

Cambridge

Close to 1200 law titles. International and comparative law, but also covers human rights law, corporate law, legal history and intellectual property. The collection includes monographs, handbooks, textbooks and reference titles as well as publications with key global organisations, such as the WTO and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

CCH Online

Has full text titles in the following areas: accounting, bankruptcy, insolvency, business law, industrial relations, tax and trade practices.

EBL

The University Library has access to over 5000 titles supplied by EBL. The EBL Library provides titles from academic publishers in multiple subject areas including law. Simultaneous full text searching across all titles is
possible. Titles are continually added to the collection.

Edward Elgar - Law eBook collection

Over 700 titles on intellectual property, international economic law, commercial law, human rights, environment and energy law, public international law and EU law. Coverage commences from 1999 onwards.

Hart Publishing ebooks 2011-2015 (IG Platform)Secure access

Major UK law publisher, provides access to ebooks covering a wide range of law subject areas from 2011-2015.  UK law, and some international law coverage and includes some key texts for certain areas of the law

Hart Publishing ebooks from 2016 - (Bloomsbury Platform)

Major UK law publisher, provides access to ebooks covering a wide range of law subject areas from 2016.  UK law, and some international law coverage and includes some key  texts for certain areas of the law.

Kluwer Arbitration

Has 69 arbitration titles including Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (2009), Yearbook Commercial Arbitration (1976 – to date), International Commercial Arbitration, Born, 2009.

IBFD – international tax

IBFD (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation) has 142 e books on topics including - comparative tax law, European and EU tax law, international tax planning, tax treaties and transfer pricing.

Making of Modern Law:

Trials 1600-1926 This collection describes the courtroom dramas in America, the British Empire and the world - includes unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs and arguments; and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings and arbitrations.

Foreign, comparative and international law 1600-1926
This collection is an invaluable collection of legal treatises, historical records and works from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Providing broad coverage, the collection enables detailed research on centuries of major events of legal history, from public policy and taxation to contract law, sustainable development concerns, and issues of war and peace.

Legal Treatises 1800-1926 Provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926.

Oxford Handbooks Online

Oxford Handbooks Online brings together the world's leading scholars to write/review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate. 13 law titles that offer over 600 articles authored by leading legal scholars.

Oxford Legal Research Library

Oxford Legal Research Library (OLRL) provides integrated access across collections of key law titles covering international commercial arbitration and international commercial law.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online is a vast and rapidly expanding cross-searchable library which offers quick and easy access to the full text Oxford books covering many areas.

Springer

A package of e-books across all disciplines and that includes a variety of law ebooks across the years.

Case Citators

CaseBase (LexisNexis AU)

Mostly Australian and some UK cases. CaseBase is a comprehensive citator and annotator of cases from 60+ Australian and overseas' reports. Includes some digest material and links to articles. Updated daily.

JADE

Jade (Judgments and Decisions Enhanced) is a case citator that collects recent decisions of selected Australian Courts and Tribunals. Jade can be used to search for Australian decisions, receive alerts on new decisions by email, and court digests by RSS. Jade has digitised copies of the Commonwealth Law Reports (CLRs) from 1903-1952. It also has an alerts function, useful for caselaw current awareness.

FirstPoint (Westlaw AU)

Firstpoint case citator, includes useful digests of cases. Features a subject-based taxonomy with linked cases. Full text of cases is accessible where available on the Thomson web site. Updated daily. Coverage: Reported Australian case law from 1825, and unreported Australian cases from 1999. Updated daily.

JustCite (Justis)

UK case citator.

Lawcite

International case citator available on the Austlii site. Freely available material.

Legislation

Australian

Refer to the Research Guide on Australian legislation for more sources and detailed information.

Australian Parliament House Website

Includes Commonwealth Bills and Bills Digests, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Explanatory Memoranda, Committee Reports.

Federal Register of Legislation (formerly ComLaw/FRLI)

Full text Commonwealth Acts, legislative instruments, and gazettes.

JADE

Jade (Judgments and Decisions Enhanced) is a free case research service that collects recent decisions of selected Australian Courts and Tribunals. It also has some legislation content.

Lawlex Premium

Access to full-text Australian legislation, with associated Bill tracking, amendment & commencement information and links to related extrinsic materials.

TimeBase

Searchable legislation for all Australian jurisdictions. It also includes alerting service on  legislation developments, bills, EMs and repealed legislation. Point-in-time for some law subjects.

Victorian Legislation & Parliamentary Documents

Includes full text, up-to-date legislation, and historical versions of legislation.

Canada

Canada Statutes

Full text of the revised Statutes of Canada, including some point in time capability.

UK

Justis

Online legal library with UK legislation. Includes historical UK legislation.

Westlaw UK

This database contains the fully consolidated full text of Acts since 1267 and Statutory Instruments since 1948 and selected Westminster Parliamentary Bills from session 2015-16 onwards.

US

Lexis

Includes federal public laws and the United States Code Service, as well as state codes, Federal and state registers, and state constitutions.

Westlaw Next Cases, Legislation, Commentary & Journal Articles

Westlaw Next is a US based collection of full text databases. Coverage includes US, UK & Canadian case law, US legislation, more than 700 law reviews, selected international materials and newspapers form most parts of the world including Australia.
For assistance using Westlaw Next please contact the library or have a look at these helpful training videos:
Westlaw Next - Managing and Sharing your research
Westlaw Next - Using Keycite to Verify and expand your Research
Westlaw Next - Getting Relevant results with Westlaw Next
More videos at Westlaw Insider

Parliament

Australian

Australian Parliament House Website

Includes Commonwealth Bills and Bills Digests, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Explanatory Memoranda, Committee Reports.

Capital Monitor

Capital Monitor provides legal news, press releases, ministerial announcements and information services from Parliament, Government and the Courts. Up to date Bills Monitors, Acts Proclamations and Assent sections and lists and links to all Acts during the current year are available for Federal and Victorian jurisdictions.

Victorian Legislation & Parliamentary Documents

Includes full text, up-to-date legislation and historical versions of legislation.

UK

UK House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

This full text database contains over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the 2003/04 session, with supplementary material back to 1688.

Reference & Encyclopedias

Canadian Legal Words and Phrases

Contains over 13,000 words and phrases judicially defined in Canadian court and tribunal decisions.

Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary

Lexis's Australian Legal dictionary, with over 25,000 definitions covering all areas of the law. Includes legislation and case references for defined terms.

Halsbury's Laws of Australia

Large online encyclopaedia covering a wide variety of Australian legal subjects, mostly at an intermediate level. 89 titles cover both mainstream and more specific subject areas. Commentary on the law includes references to Australian legislative and judicial authority.

Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Large Canadian online encyclopaedia covering a wide variety of legal subjects, mostly at an intermediate level.

Halsbury's Laws of England

Large online encyclopaedia covering a wide spectrum of UK legal subjects. Useful for researching a new area of law and finding the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area.

Halsbury's Laws of India

A comprehensive online encyclopaedia of the Law in India, arranged alphabetically by topic. It contains commentary, and cites relevant legislation and significant cases.

Laws of Australia

Large online encyclopaedia covering wide variety of Australian legal principles. Covers 320+ topics and every Australian jurisdiction.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Contains analytical coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context, arranged alphabetically by topic. The encyclopedia articles provide analysis of key cases that have contributed to or advanced constitutional law concepts on a global scale, and key instruments in constitutional law history such as the Magna Carta, the Charter of Medina, and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. The Encyclopedia can be browsed by subject and searched by keywords. It provides navigation between encyclopedia articles and commentaries and instruments from the Oxford Constitutions of the World and the Oxford Law Citator.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Law

The updated online edition of the reference work, Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference provides quality, up-to-date reference content on a range of subject areas such as law. It contains reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, guide books, and includes reference material such as the Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia.

Kluwer Law Online

Online access to the following titles in the International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Constitutional Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Intergovernmental Organisations Law, Labour Law