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Academic OneFile

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Australian and international journal articles on criminology
ACM Digital Library  Conference proceedings, transactions, journals, newsletters and other publications from the Association for Computing Machinery.


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Australian law journals, cases, encyclopaedia and LawCite

AustLII Case Law Database

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Australian legal cases.
The case law databases contain the decisions of judges in matters before a court or tribunal.
In each decision the judge will go over the facts of the case, the relevant law in the circumstances, and then discuss how the law applies to the relevant facts.
The judge may also refer to relevant legislation (laws or "acts" passed by parliament), regulations or international treaties.


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Law and criminology journals

Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) 

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In addition to full-text books and bibliographies, the collection contains US federal and state documents.

Campbell Collaboration 


Systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis for evidence-based policy and practice

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations Solve abbreviations for legal publications - Case Reporting Series and Journals


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Australian employment, sports, tax law
Center for Security Studies  Analysis of changing threats to states and their societies, key actors addressing threats, international relations and security-​related issues.

Australian Criminology

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Australian journal articles on crime and the criminal justice system

Tip: Narrow Search Results by PRODUCTS to Australian Criminology Database

Criminal Justice & Criminology

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Congressional hearings, U.S. Department of Justice publications, GAO and CRS reports as well as rare or hard-to-find pamphlets, memoirs, books and journals dedicated solely to criminal justice that focus on how criminal justice systems have changed in American and English law.

Criminal Justice Database

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Research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends.

De Gruyter 

Journals and books (some in German) on civil, corporate, and criminal law

Federal Register of Legislation

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Australian Commonwealth Acts, Bills, EMs, Government Gazette, Constitution

Find Case Law

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UK court and tribunal decisions from the superior courts of record – The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Upper Tribunals

Foreign & International Law Resources Database 

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Publications of the American Society of International Law, prominent Yearbooks from around the world, the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice series, and more. Great historical depth.

Gale OneFile : LegalTrac 

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Index of principal legal journals from the USA, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand


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International criminology and law journals; English Reports 1220-1867

Australian Law Reform Commission Library, international criminology and law journals


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UK cases, current legislation


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Maritime, commercial law - Lloyd's Reports

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Informit including AGIS (for Law Journals)

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Australian, New Zealand and Pacific criminology and law journal articles, including the Australian Federal Police Digest

International Institute for Strategic Studies  Global security, political risk and military conflict


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Australian Cases

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Kluwer Law Online 

EU, international articles


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AustLII case citator locates judgments subsequently dealt with and commented upon.
LawCite is a legal case and journal article citatory used to locate judgments and see how these have been subsequently dealt with and commented upon, or to see where journal articles have been cited.


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Australian migration and citizenship legislation and policy


Easy access to Australian Commonwealth & State legislation and subordinate legislation (eg regulations)

Lexis Advance

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Australian criminology and law journals, cases, encyclopaedia
Good source for unreported judgments

LexisNexis - Practical Guidance

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Guidance, practice tips, legislation, cases, checklists, tools, forms and precedents on Australian  topics: business | consumer | employment | immigration | intellectual property | social justice | succession | work, health & safety

Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law 

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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law

Murdoch Library Search

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Articles, ebooks, pbooks, videos, and more.

Tip: Filter results by    Available online   and     Peer-reviewed

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

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Research, policy and practice in criminal and juvenile justice and drug control, including U.S. and international publications

New Zealand Decisions Online 

New Zealand's Senior Courts' (Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court) judicial decisions.

OECD iLibrary 

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides research on economic and social policies

Oxford Legal Research Library 

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Financial and Banking Law, International Commercial Arbitration & Law, Private International Law

Oxford Reports on International Law 

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Decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals

Parliament of Australia

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Australian Commonwealth Acts, Bills, EMs, Second Reading Speeches, Hansard, Press Releases

Parliament of Western Australia

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Western Australian Acts, Bills, EMs, Second Reading Speeches, Hansard


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Multidisciplinary collection of journals, magazines, newspapers and theses


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Psychology and psychological aspects of crime


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Index of resources on criminology and related disciplines

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Classic 

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US, international cases, articles, treatises


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Check: is that journal is peer reviewed

UN data

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International statistical databases covering agriculture, crime, communication, development assistance, education, energy, environment, finance, gender, health, labour market, manufacturing, national accounts, population and migration, science and technology, tourism, transport and trade.


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UK cases, legislation, Singapore cases, Canadian cases, journals, cases & legislation from commonwealth countries
(formerly JustisOne)

Web of Science

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Includes research on politics and security

Western Australian Legislation

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Western Australian Acts, Bills, EMs

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Westlaw Australia

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Australian criminology and law journals, cases, encyclopaedia
Good source for authorised court reporting series

Westlaw Classic 

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US, international cases, articles, treatises

Westlaw International 

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US, international cases, articles, treatises

Westlaw UK 

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UK, EU cases, legislation articles, commentary, ebooks

WIREs Criminology and
Forensic Science Journals

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Journal resource on crime scene investigation, digital sciences, and jurisprudence


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World Legal Information Institute - International law

Sage Research Methods

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SAGE Research Methods (SRM) allows researchers to explore methods and concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings.
Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.
All Databases  Databases can be browsed by Subject or Title.  Example: Education & Higher Education databases

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Results can be filtered by:

  • Scholarly and peer reviewed
  • Content type e.g. journal articles, books
  • Date
  • Subject
All Law, Criminology & Security Studies Databases 
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences  
Medical, Molecular & Forensic Science
Psychology & Counselling
Assignment Planner 
My Unit Readings 
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