Law: Finding journal articles

Legal research workshop

Navigate to Legal research workshop

Step by step guide to legal research

Why use journal articles?

Journal articles will provide you with more recent information than books and will usually examine a topic in detail. Like books, they will alert you to major cases and legislation. Journal articles can also be used for historical research to determine what was being discussed about a particular issue at a given point in time.

The Legal Research flowchart will help you to decide which journal database is suitable for your area of research.

You be the judge: learn to evaluate

When evaluating information for your assignment think about:

relevance - is the information useful for the topic?

currency - when was the information published, is it updated regularly? 

reliability - what credentials are there, is it from an authoritative source?

accuracy - is it fact, opinion or propaganda?

Search smarter, search faster

These iResearch materials are Copyright © University of Sydney and were developed at the University of Sydney Library. These and other materials can be accessed at the University of Sydney Library's online training website

Key law databases