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Secondary Sources in Law : Finding Journal Articles Relating to a Case

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students find secondary legal materials.

Finding journal articles relating to a case

 

Legal databases often provide a range of links and resources relevant to the case you are looking for.

Every database differs slightly in how it presents this information. See below to learn how some of the most commonly used databases arrange their secondary sources.

Lexis Advance Pacific

Finding journal articles relating to a case

 
  • Enter your search in the search box. The case citation is the most accurate method, but using the case name can yield good results as well.

  • When viewing your search results, click AU Secondary Materials from the navigation menu across the top of the results screen to access a wide range of secondary sources related to your search topic.


  • Alternatively, access the full report of the relevant case, then navigate to the In this document section which contains links to relevant resources, including Publications referring to this case.

Watch this short video for more tips on how to search Lexis Advance Pacific - including how to locate secondary materials relating to cases:

AustLII

Finding journal articles relating to a case

 
  • Use AustLII's citator LawCite to find resources relating to a case or legislation.

  • Enter the case name or citation to find the case.

  • At the top of the screen you'll find links which direct you to various related resources. Click Law Journal Articles Referring to this Case to see articles referring to the case or legislation searched for.


  • While viewing the full-text of a case, click on the NoteUp References link in the panel on the right of the screen to access further secondary sources relating to your case.

Watch this short video for more tips on how to search AustLII - including how to locate secondary materials relating to cases:

HeinOnline

Finding journal articles relating to a case

 
  • Open HeinOnline and click on Law Journal Library.
  • Search for a case citation or case name.
  • Using the Refine Your Search panel on the left, click Edit Type and select Refereed to limit your search to peer-reviewed papers,
  • To limit your search to Australian articles click Country Published and then select Australia.

Watch this short video for more tips on how to search HeinOnline: