Skip to Main Content

Law - Subject Guide

Source Tertiary and Secondary Materials

Source Tertiary and Secondary Materials

Legal encyclopaedia include a topic outline, relevant legislation, significant case law, and journal articles.

Legal encyclopaedia and dictionaries are the first step in understanding an issue, or if there is not definition in an Act, Interpretation Acts, or in case law.

Legal encyclopaedia can be browsed or searched using Advanced Search (recommended).

 

Australian Encyclopaedia

 

International Encyclopaedia

Spelling and Grammar

AGLC Rule 1.9.1  Official Dictionary

Spelling should comply with the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary.

Where alternative spellings are given, the first-listed should be used unless there is a good reason to do otherwise.

Where a word is not included in the Macquarie Dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary should be used.

This will generally mean that British English spelling is preferred to American variants.

Source Journal Articles

Library Search cannot search for articles from the law databases by article title.

Search the Library Catalogue for the journal title
Be sure to change the search from the default Keyword to Title.

Once you are in the correct database for that journal, you can then search for the article by title.

Sourcing Articles by Article Title:

  • Step 1: Search for the full title of the journal using Library Search
  • Step 2: Source the journal on the correct database (eg HeinOnline, Informit, Lexis Advance, Westlaw Australia)
  • Step 3: Search for the article by title, using the Journals content type or Advanced Search in a database

Sourcing Journal Articles on a Topic

Each legal database only gives search results from the journals they publish.

Therefore, searches will need to be repeated in each legal database to ensure comprehensive coverage of a topic.

To source articles on a topic:

  • identify search words
  • list synonyms
  • create search strings using Boolean connectors
         record these so search strings do not need to be re-created for each search
  • repeat searches in each legal database

Australian Articles

Source articles from:

International Articles

Source articles from:

Library Search cannot search for articles from the law databases by citation.

Source Articles by Citation:

  • Step 1: Solve the abbreviation of the journal title into full using Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
  • Step 2: Search for the full title of the journal using Library Search
  • Step 3: Source the journal on the correct database (eg HeinOnline, Informit, Lexis Advance, Westlaw Australia) or Library shelves (eg Law Quarterly Review)
  • Step 4: Browse by volume, then page number to source the article or Search within the journal

 

Example: 44 Crim LJ 173

Step 1:  Solve the journal title abbreviation

Access Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Enter abbreviation
              Example:  Crim LJ

Select Search

Read the list of titles.
If unsure, check the Jurisdiction for clarification

Copy the full title of the publication

Step 2: Search for the full name of the journal using Library Search

Step 3: Select the link to Source the journal online on the correct database

Step 4:  Search by citation or browse the database for the article

 

Library Search cannot search for articles from the law databases by article title.

Use Library Search to search for the journal title.

Once you are in the correct database for that journal, you can then search for the article by title.

Sourcing Articles by Article Title:

  • Step 1: Solve the abbreviation of the journal title into full using Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
  • Step 2: Search for the full title of the journal using Library Search
  • Step 3: Source the journal on the correct database (eg HeinOnline, Informit, Lexis Advance, Westlaw Australia)
  • Step 4: Search for the article by title, using the Journals content type or Advanced Search in a database

 

Example 1:

"No Unbundling for Ethical Obligations" (2003) 41(6) LSJ 58

Example 2:

"No Unbundling for Ethical Obligations" (2003) 41(6) LSJ 58

 

Example 3:

"James Hardie’s asbestos liability legacy in Australia: Disclosure, corporate social responsibility and the power of persuasion"  (2011) 26 Aust Jnl of Corp Law 55

Step 1.

Type article title into Library Search.

Tip:
enclose title in double inverted commas.

Example: "No Unbundling for Ethical Obligations"

 

Step 1:

Solve the journal abbreviation using Cardiff

Step 1:

Solve the journal abbreviation using Cardiff

 

Step 2:

Identify the relevant Result.

Click on the link Full Text Online

Step 2:

Type journal title into Library Search.

Tip:
enclose title in double inverted commas.

Step 2:

Type journal title into Library Search.

Tip:
enclose title in double inverted commas.

 

Step 3:

Select the relevant title

Step 3:

Identify the relevant Result.

Click on the link Full Text Online

Step 3:

Identify the relevant Result.

Click on the link Full Text Online

 

 

Step 4:

Select the Download button

Step 4:

Select the link to the database holding the relevant date period

Step 4:

Select the link to the database holding the journal

 

 

Step 5:

Select the year from the Table of Contents

Step 5:

Search the journal by article title

Tip:
enclose title in double inverted commas.

 

 

Step 6:

Navigate to the relevant article

Step 6:

Select the relevant result

 

 

Step 7:

Click on the download button to view article as a PDF

 

Cannot find what you want?

If Murdoch Library does not have the article you are seeking, you can:

 

Academic staff, postgraduate and honours students and staff with supervisor permission can request articles not available via ArticleReach:

Articles sourced from HeinOnline, Lexis Advance, Scopus and Westlaw Australia are all peer reviewed.

Search for journal titles in UlrichsWeb to confirm that a journal's publishing policy is to have articles reviewed prior to publishing.

Library Search does not search CCH, Lexis Advance, Westlaw Australia.

Library Search

Databases

Google Scholar

Step 1:

Search by topic or title using Library Search

 

Gale Academic OneFile

Check the box to filter results to Peer review articles only

Step 1:

Search by topic or title using Google Scholar

 

Step 2:

Refine search results by Content Type:

Journal Article

located to the left of screen

 

 

_________________________

 

Step 2:

Search for journal title in UlrichsWeb

Note: not the article title

Step 3:

Refine search results by

Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed

 

ProQuest

Check the box to filter results to Peer review articles only

Step 3:

Confirm that journal has black icon of books
indicating it is refereed

undefined

Ulrich's Record

The black book symbol indicates that the journal has a peer review publishing policy.

undefined

General search instructions

In each database:

  • select Journals Advanced Search
  • search by Act title or number
  • select Journals referring to this Act

AustLII

Informit including AGIS Plus Text

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite:

Step 1:

Select LawCite
located at the end of the red stripe

Step 1:

Search by Act title in double inverted commas and jurisdiction

e.g. 
"Legal Profession Act" AND (Western OR WA)

 

Tip:
check the box for  Full text only
only add the provision number - not s, p, etc

Step 1:

Select drop-down arrow beside Advanced Search
Select Secondary Materials

 

Step 1:

Search by Act title in double inverted commas and section number to be within 10 words of Act title

e.g. 
"Legal Profession Act 2008" /10 282

Step 2:

Add the Act title in Legislation Considered:

Add the provision number in Section

Tips:
omit the Act year
only add the provision number - not s, p, etc

Step 2:

Select Search

Step 2:

Navigate down to Legislation Title and Provision Number

 

Step 2:

Select Search

Step 3:

Select Search

 

Step 3:

Add the term

Tip:
select Act title from suggestions
only add the provision number - not s, p, etc

Step 3:

From the Results page:

Option 1: Select View All Secondary Sources

Option 2: Select Secondary Sources from the Content types menu

Step 4:

Select
Law Journal Articles matching this search 
located at end of menu below LawCite logo

 

Step 4:

Select Search

Step 4:

From the Filter menu on the left of screen,
expand Publication type

Select Law Reviews & Journals

 

Option 2: Database Search

1. Select Journals & Scholarship from the red ribbon

 

Step 5:

Narrow results by using filters
located to the left of screen

 

 

2. Add the Act title within double inverted commas to the search box (located in the top right corner)

e.g. 
"Legal Profession Act 2008" 

     
3. Click on the magnifying icon to Search      
4. Results can be sorted:
     By Relevance
     By Citation Frequency
     By Database
     By Date
     By Title
     
   

 

 

 

General search instructions

In each database:

  • select Journals Advanced Search
  • search by case name or citation 
  • select Journals referring to this case

 

AustLII

Informit including AGIS Plus Text

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite:

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red band)

undefined

Step 1:

Search by Case title in double inverted commas and jurisdiction

e.g. 
"Callow v Rupchev"

 

Tip:
check the box for  Full text only

Option 1: Quick Find:

1. Select Cases

2. Complete Case citation OR 
Case Names field

1. Search by case citation or case name

Example:
2009 NSWCA 148
            or
"Callow v Rupchev"

 

 

 

 

 

2. Complete Case citation OR 
case Party Names fields 

Step 2:

Select Search

2. Select CaseBase link

2. Select the relevant suggestion from the drop-down menu

3. Navigate to
Law Journal Articles Referring to this Case

 

3. Navigate to Publications referring to this case

_________________________

3. From  the Citing References tab,
select
Secondary Sources
from the drop-down menu

 

 

 

Option 2: Database Search:

1. Select Journals & Scholarship from the red ribbon

 
Option 2: Advance Search Secondary Materials

1. Select Advanced Search Cases

4.  Filter results by Publication Name to select journals

 

2. Add the citation within double inverted commas to the search box (located in the top right corner)

Example:
"2009 NSWCA 148"

 

2. Complete Case citation OR case name in the References to Cases field

 
3. Click on the magnifying icon to Search      

4. Results can be sorted:
     By Relevance
     By Citation Frequency
     By Database
     By Date
     By Title

     

 

General search instructions

In each database:

  • select Journals Advanced Search
  • search by the article's title or citation

Example: Articles citing the article  Gray, Kevin, 'Property in Thin Air' (1991) 50 Cambridge Law Journal 252

AustLII

Informit including AGIS Plus Text

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite:

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red band)

undefined

1:

Search by Case title in double inverted commas and jurisdiction

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"

 

Tip:
check the box for  Full text only

Option 1: Quick Find:

1. Select Secondary Materials

2. Complete Title or Heading field

Note: this search only looks for the search words in the title of the material

1. Select Content Type -  Secondary Sources

2. Select Advanced Search 

 

2. Complete Article citation OR 
Article Title OR Author fields 

 

2. Select Search

2. Results can be Narrowed By:
     Content Type
     Publication
     Legal Topics

_________________________

2. Complete relevant field:
      Title
      Citation
      Author
      Text
      

3. Navigate to
Law Journal Articles Referring to this Article

 
Option 2: Advanced Search: Secondary Materials

1.  Select Secondary Materials from the Advanced Search drop-down menu 

3. Filter Results by Publication Type - Law Reviews & Journals

 

_________________________

Option 2: Database Search:

1. Select Journals & Scholarship from the red ribbon

 

2. Complete relevant field:
      Terms
      Title/Heading
      Author 
      Journal Citation

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"

 

 

 

2. Add the citation OR article title OR author within double inverted commas to the search box (located in the top right corner)

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"

 

3.  Click on magnifying glass icon to Search

 
3. Click on the magnifying icon to Search   4. Results can be Narrowed By:
     Content Type
     Publication
     Legal Topics
 

4. Results can be sorted:
     By Relevance
     By Citation Frequency
     By Database [recommended]
     By Date
     By Title

     

 

Example: Articles citing the article  Gray, Kevin, 'Property in Thin Air' (1991) 50 Cambridge Law Journal 252

CCH IntelliConnect

Google Scholar

Library Search

TR Westlaw Classic

1: Search by article title in double inverted commas

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"

 

1:  Change Google Scholar Settings:

Library links: Murdoch

 

 

Library Search includes results from:

Gale OneFile: LegalTrac
HeinOnline
Informit
Kluwer Law
ProQuest

1. Select Content -  International Materials

 

2. Select the magnifying icon to Search

 

2: Search by article title in double inverted commas

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"

1: Search by article title in double inverted commas

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"


      

2. Select

Content Types

 Journals

3. From the menu on the left of screen, expand

+ by Document Type

 

3. Select Search

2. Select Search

 

3. Search by article title in double inverted commas in the search box at the top of screen

Example:
"Property in Thin Air"

4. Select CCH Commentary

4. Uncheck the boxes for

   □  include patents
   □  include citations

2. Refine Results to

CONTENT TYPE
Journal Article

DISCIPLINE
Law

 

 

 

 

Case law and journal citations are made up of the abbreviation for the case report series or journal.
To find the unabbreviated case report series or journal title you can look at a number of different sources:

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

All that JAS:   Journal Abbreviation Sources

CaseBase - access CaseBase Abbreviations (by Publication) from the help menu

La Trobe University Legal Abbreviations Database

LCANZ - Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand

Legal commentaries and updating services provide guidance in applying the law on a particular subject area.

Written by subject specialists, practitioners and academics, commentary services provide an explanation of laws using a mix of commentary, legislation (full text or extracts) and key cases.

Many commentary services include in-depth, practical insights, together with extensive illustrative material, enabling an appreciation of both the technical and procedural aspects of the law.

LexisNexis AU Practical Guidance resources contain precedents for use in:

  • Sales practices
  • Regulatory framework
  • Contracting
  • Consumer credit
  • Advertising, promotions and marketing
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct
  • E-Commerce
  • Warranties and consumer guarantees

AustLII

CCH IntelliConnect

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red ribbon)

undefined

1. Add the legislation title and section number to the search box

Tip: Enclose the legislation title in double inverted commas

"Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985"

 

 

 

1. Select  Advanced Search - Secondary Materials

 

 

1. Search by Act title in double inverted commas and section number to be within 10 words of Act title

e.g. 
"Legal Profession Act 2008" /10 282

 

2. Complete Legislation Title and Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)

2. Narrow Results

by Document Type

CCH Commentary

 

2. Complete References to Legislation by Title and References to Legislation by Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)

2. From the Results page:

Select Secondary Sources from the Content types menu

 

 

 

3. Narrow the search Results by Content Type > Commentary

_________________________

3. Filter the Results by
Publication Type > Commentary
located on left of screen

 

 

 

Option 2: Quick Find: LawNow

1. Select Legislation

2. Complete Legislation Title and Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)

 
   

2. Select the relevant Result

3. Select the View Legislation Citator link (located to the right of the section title)

 
   

4. Navigate to Secondary Materials

_________________________

 

 

General search for definition or meaning across all materials:

(character* OR compris* OR defin* OR describ* OR discuss* OR element* OR expla* OR interpret* OR mean* OR phras*) /15 SearchTerm

Tip:  Filter or refine results list by document type (act, case, article, dictionary, encyclopaedia), jurisdiction, etc

 

Examples

(character* OR compris* OR defin* OR describ* OR discuss* OR element* OR expla* OR interpret* OR mean* OR phras*) /15 slaver*

(character* OR compris* OR defin* OR describ* OR discuss* OR element* OR expla* OR interpret* OR mean* OR phras*) /15 "vicarious liability"

Source Definitions From Legislation

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Step 1:

Select drop-down arrow beside Advanced Search
Select Legislation

Step 1:

Select  Content type - Legislation

Step 2:

Navigate down to Defined Terms

Step 2:

Select Advanced Search

Step 3:

Add the term

Step 3:

Navigate down to Defined Terms

Step 4:

Select Search

Step 4:

Add the term

Step 5:

Narrow results by using filters
located to the left of screen

Alternatively:

Browse Results looking at Content and Jurisdiction
located to the right of each result

Step 5:

Select Search

 

Step 6:

Narrow results by using filters
located to the left of screen

Alternatively

Select the highlighted hyperlink in the legislation results
to go directly to the section in the document.

   
 

Option 2: General Search

Step 1:

In the search box on the home page, type

(character! OR compris! OR defin! OR describ! OR discuss! OR element! OR expla! OR interpret! OR mean! OR phras!) /15 SearchWord

 

Step 2:

From the Results page,
select Legislation from the Content types menu on the left of screen

OR

View All beside the Legislation group

 

Source Definitions From Case Law

AustLII

Jade

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red band)

undefined

1. Select Jade Browser tab

Select Legislation Collection

Select By legislature

undefined

Option 1: Quick Find: LawNow

undefined

 

Option 1: Global Search:

1. Search by Act title and section number in the global search box

Example:
Legal Profession Act 2008 282

WAIT

 

 

2. Complete Legislation Considered fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)

undefined

2. Select Western Australian Legislation - Acts (WALegAct)

Navigate to the relevant Act

 

2. Select the hyperlinked section title from the Results list

2. From the drop down suggestions, select the linked section title 

Option 2: NoteUp

1. Select the relevant jurisdiction from the black ribbon on the AustLII home page

Example: WA

3. Navigate to relevant section

Select section title

 

3. Select the
>> View Legislation Citator link
(located to the right of the section title)

undefined

_________________________

3. Select Cases from the Citing References tab

_________________________

2. Type the Act title and section number (number only) in the search box (located at the top right of screen)

Example: Legal Profession Act 2008 282

4. Select relevant citations

undefined

Option 2: Cases Advanced Search:

1. Select  Advanced Search - Cases

_________________________

Option 2: General Search:

1. Search by Act title in double inverted commas and section number to be within 10 words of Act title

e.g. 
"Legal Profession Act 2008" /10 282

3. Select the magnifying glass Search icon

Tip: Sign up for Jade Professional using your Murdoch student email address @student.murdoch.edu.au

(it is free)

2. Complete Legislation Title and Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)undefined

_________________________

2. Select Cases

Option 1: Select View All Cases

Option 2: Select Cases from the Content types menu

_________________________

4. Select the hyperlinked Act and Section from the Results list

from the Western Australian Current Acts database

 

3. Select the View Legislation Citator link (located to the right of the section title)

undefined

_________________________

Option 3: Advanced Search

1. Select  Content type - Cases

5. Select NoteUp References from the menu on the right of screen    

2. Select Advanced Search

6. Sort Results by database to easily identify cases    

3. Complete Legislation Title and Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation
- just the number

undefined

_________________________

 

Spelling

Spelling should comply with the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary.
Where alternative spellings are given, the first-listed should be used unless there is a good reason to do otherwise.

where a word is not included in the Macquarie Dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary should be used.

This will generally mean the British English spelling is preferred to American variants.

Hyphenation should comply with the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary.
If a compound expression does not appear in the Macquarie Dictionary, it should be hyphenated (not spelled as one word).

Extrinsic Materials

Extrinsic materials provide guidance on the meaning behind, and the intended purposes of, an Act of Parliament.

Extrinsic materials are materials which do not form part of the Act itself, but assist in the interpretation of the Act.

These materials can include:

Click on the links above for instructions for sourcing specific Extrinsic Materials.


Understand an Act

Bill + EM + 2RS + Reports = Act

Australian Encyclopedia of Forms & Precedents contains non-litigious precedents and forms for areas such as property, commercial and corporations law

Civil Procedure WA includes the Supreme Court Forms, District Court Forms

LexisNexis AU Practical Guidance resources contain precedents for use in:

  • Sales practices
  • Regulatory framework
  • Contracting
  • Consumer credit
  • Advertising, promotions and marketing
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct
  • E-Commerce
  • Warranties and consumer guarantees

 

Commonwealth Government Media Releases Western Australian Government Media Statements

Step 1:

Access ParlInfo Advanced Search

Step 1:

Access Media Statement website

Step 2:

Add search terms

Step 2:

Browse recent Statements or
Select Advanced Search

Step 3:

Scroll down Parliamentary Collections to Media

Step 3:

Select Advanced Search

Step 4:

Check Press Releases

Step 4:

Add search terms and filters

Step 5:

Search

Option:

Subscribe to Media Statement Email Notifications

 

Media Releases

Search string for Internet Browser (Google / Bing / Duck Duck Go):

(media or press or publicity) (statement or release) search word

General search instructions:

  • select a region
  • select a date range
  • include blogs and online sources
  • Factiva - thorough Australian coverage
  • ProQuest - main Australian newspapers, focus is on American and European publications

 

See also:
Australian Government Media Releases
Western Australian Government Media Statements
 

Factiva

ProQuest

Westlaw Australia

Step 1:

Enter search terms.

Example:
legal* AND recreation* w/10 (cannabis OR marijuana)

 

Note the use of the Proximity Operator w/
e.g. w/10 will search for
recreation within 10 words of marijuana (any order)

Note the use of the Truncation Operator *
e.g. legal* will search for:
                  legal
                  legalise
                  legalisation

Boolean Operators:
 *     truncation symbol – search for base word plus variations
OR    search for either word
AND  must have all words
w/n   words must appear within n words of each other  e.g.  w/5 = within 5 words (any order)

Step 1:

Prepare for Advanced Search

Search terms (key words) should be added one by one to each row on the Advanced Search page.

As you will have more than two words for your search, you will need to add a row to the search page:

Select  ⊕ Add a row 
(located below text boxes)

 

 

Step 1:

Select Content Type
News & Current Awareness

 

Step 2:

Refine search

Example:

Date:          
Select   In the last year from the drop-down menu

Duplicates: 
Select   Identical from the drop-down menu                   

Region:       
Expand   + Australia/Oceania
Select     + Western Australia from the Region list

 

Tip: Select More Options

       Exclude:  Republished news

 

Step 2:

Create a Search

1: Enter search terms, one on each line

Example:
     legal*
     recreation*
     cannabis OR marijuana

Note the use of the Truncation Operator *

e.g. legal* will search for:
    •    legal
    •    legalise
    •    legalisation
    •    legalize

2: Refine search

Limit to:
   ☑ Full text

Publication date
   After this date…
    Complete the year 2020

Location:
   Select Look up Locations
    Find: Australia
    Select all 3 versions of Australia
    Select  Add to search

Document Type:
   Tick in the box for  ☑ News

Tip:

Refining your search by
Document type: News
includes wire feeds, blogs and newspapers.

Refining your search by
Source type: Newspaper
only includes newspapers

Step 2:

Option 1:

Search News & Current Awareness using the Search box at the top of screen

Example: 
legal! AND recreation! /10 (cannabis OR marijuana)

 

Option 2:

Select news topics from
Alert 24 or
News Bulletins

Browse 10 most recent documents

OR

Search news topics using the Search box at the top of screen

Step 3:

Select Search

Step 3:

Select Search

 

Step 3:

Results can be filtered by:

  + Date
  + Jurisdiction
  + Publication Name 

Step 4:

Refine Search Results   

Use Filter Options to the left of the screen to filter Results by:
  • Date
  • Company
  • Source
  • Subject
  • Industry
  • Region
  • and more…

Step 4:

Improve the Search

1:   Amend the search string 
(located at the top of the Results list)

from       
     legal* AND recreation* AND
     (cannabis OR marijuana)

to           
     legal* AND recreation* N/10
     (cannabis OR marijuana)

 

Step 5:  

Manage Results List 

Manage your results into an exportable/download list

Step 1:

In original Results list, check the boxes next to the Result list number for those articles to be saved into an exportable/download list

Step 2:

From the To Do toolbar, select Adobe symbol

Step 3:

Select Headline, Article and TOC format from the drop-down menu

This will print all articles in one list, with a Table of Contents.

Step 5:

Select the magnifying glass for Search

 
 

Step 6:

Refine Search Results by:
Search within
Source type
Publication date
Publication title
Subject
Location
and more…

 
 

Step 7:

Further Refine Search Results 

Select these filters to further refine your search results:

Source type:   Newspapers

Publication date: April 2020
(Tip: click on the bar graph column for the month)

Publication titleThe Australian

 

 

Newspaper Alerts

Specific Newspapers
Specific Topics

Step 1:

Create a ProQuest account

 

Step 1:

Create a ProQuest account

Step 2:

Search Publications for newspaper title

Step 2:

Search Publications for newspaper title

 

Step 3:

Select Create alert

Step 3:

Select Create alert

 

Step 4:

Complete details

Step 4:

Select Create alert

 

Step 5:

Complete details

 

 

  • Library Catalogue 
    Search  by keyword, title, author, subject or call number
  • Library Search 
    Find books, ebooks, journals and newspaper articles
  • High Demand Collection
    located by the Library Entrance in Level 3
    loan period - 2 hours
    HD includes unit textbooks and essential reading material
  • How to borrow from the Library
  • Ebooks
    Our guide to accessing ebooks

 

Cannot find what you want?

If Murdoch Library does not have the book you are seeking, you can:

eBook User Limits

Some ebooks have a user limit (typically 3), although the Library endeavours to buy unlimited user licences wherever possible.

This means that only three people can read the ebook at the same time.

If the Table of Contents is faded, this means that all copies are currently in use.
You will need to wait an hour or so, then revisit the ebook to see if it is available.

If you are using an ebook as a resource during exams, you should download chapters ahead of the exam time in anticipation that the ebook will be in use during the exam period.

 

You can check whether there is a user limit on the ebook.

Access the ebook using Library Search.

Read the Availability statement for the ebook:

Once you have access to the ebook, download a chapter from the Table of Contents on the landing page.

Download a chapter every few days (so you stay within the download limit), so that, by the end of semester, you will have downloaded all chapters in preparation for an open book exam.

Source ebooks instructions:


From the Library Catalogue record, click on the link to the ebook, located below the Access Online heading:

Google Scholar

Add Murdoch University as a library when you access Google Scholar and a link to our material will appear. To do this, you will need to set your Google Scholar preferences:

  1. Go to Google Scholar and select Settings
  2. Select Library Links and search for Murdoch
  3. Check the box for Murdoch University - Library Search@Murdoch
  4. Click Save Preferences

When you click a Library Search@Murdoch link in your Google Scholar search results, you will be prompted to log in using your Murdoch MAIS username and password