Answered By: Alisha Nolan
Last Updated: 30 May 2017     Views: 45

NOTE
UCanFind is NOT able to search within most legal databases. You will need to go directly to the law databases to find journal articles.

Law databases containing journal articles can be accessed in the Law Subject Guide:

  • On the Library homepage, go to Subject Guides
  • Select Law, then go to the Secondary Materials tab and select Find Journals & Commentary.
  • Law databases containg journal articles are listed on this page.

WESTLAW AU

  • In Westlaw AU, select Journals from the left hand menu.
  • Using the Free Text search box, enter search terms on your topic - e.g cannabis AND decriminalisation
    • search connectors such as AND will improve the results retrieved.
    • use an ! exclamation mark at the end of words to find all variations of that word - e.g. decriminali! will find decriminalise, decriminalisation, decriminalised, etc.

 

LEXISNEXIS AU

Journals Tab

  • In LexisNexis AU, go to the Journals tab.
  • Enter search terms on your topic in to the Search terms search box - e.g. cannabis AND decriminali!
    • search connectors such as AND will improve the results retrieved.
    • use an ! exclamation mark at the end of words to find all variations of that word - e.g. decriminali! will find decriminalise, decriminalisation, decriminalised, etc.

For more detailed instructions on how to find journal articles in LexisNexis AU see the video below.

Explore by Topic

  • In LexisNexis AU, go to the Explore by Topic tab.
  • Check the box next to the relevant topic. Topic headings can be expanded to find subtopics.
    • e.g. Drug Offences (subtopic) under Criminal Law.
  • Select Journals from the Select Source Types list on the right hand menu.
  • Enter additional search terms (optional) - e.g. cannabis.
  • Click Search.

HEINONLINE

  • U.S. focus with some UK and EU material.
  • In HeinOnline, enter search terms in to the search box at the Full text sarch box. Seperate search terms with AND.
    • e.g. cannabis AND decriminali*
    • use an * asterisk at the end of words to find all variations of that word - e.g. decriminali! will find decriminalise, decriminalisation, decriminalised, etc.
  • On the results screen, refine your search to journal articles by checking the box next to Articles in the Section Type box on the left hand menu.

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