Legal commentaries provide detailed information on a particular subject area.
They often provide a mix of commentary, legislation (full text or extracts) and key cases. Hard-copy commentaries are also known as Loose-leaf services - this format allows the commentary to be quickly and easily updated as the law changes.
The examples in this Guide highlight two major publishers of legal commentaries in Australia - Westlaw AU by Thomson Reuters & Lexis Advance Pacific.
To find other commentaries read the Commentary page under Fundamentals of Legal Research or use MultiSearch.
Westlaw AU is published by Thomson Reuters.
Key commentaries available include:
Select Legislation and commentaries from the tickboxes below the search bar.
In the Search box type "land clearing" > run search & view results.
Note: This search found results from all of the commentaries available via Westlaw AU. To retrieve more relevant results, you can also search within a specific commentary title.
From the results list, select Edit Search > leave the search terms in the box > under the Product heading select Environmental Responsibilities Law NSW > run search and view results.
Tip: You can also browse the Table of Contents for a commentary product by using the headings on the left-hand side eg select Biodiversity from the menu to view the contents of that chapter.
This database contains subject lists for US material.
Select the Environment tab at the top of the page > then select a collection to search within > eg Search analysis, law reviews & journals
For other jurisdictions:
Select International Law > Search law reviews & journals and select a title to view the content.
Select Directory at the top of the page > Topical practice areas > Environmental law > Law reviews, legal texts & periodicals > then select a collection to search within > eg Law reviews, texts & bar journals combined.
This international, interdisciplinary work focuses on solutions drawn from the natural, physical and social sciences to discuss environmental law and ethics, green business practices, regional sustainability issues, and resource and ecosystem management.
You can also use MultiSearch to find the full-text of a journal if you already know the article you need. Before you can find a journal in the catalogue, you will need to work out its full title from the abbreviation using the abbreviation tools listed here.
Q. Find a full-text copy of the article 'The mysterious origin of the law for conservation' JPL 1998, Mar, 203-209
From the Abbreviation tools list select Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations > Search by Abbreviation > type jpl > take note of the full title Journal of planning and environment law.
Go to MultiSearch > Click on Advanced search > in the Search box type journal of planning and environment law > change the drop-down from Any to Title and the second drop down box to starts with > from the results list select Journal of Planning and Environment Law.
The journal is available from Westlaw International > in the Search for a database box type search box type journal of planning and environment law > select Go
In the search box type "mysterious origin of the law for conservation" > select Search
Select the article from the results list and either read online or download a PDF version.
Use MultiSearch to find library resources.
Go to advanced search, in the Search box type environmental law australia > change the drop-down from Any to in subject > View the results
Tip: You can change the way the results are sorted using the Sorted by arrow > eg change the results to view the most recent books first. For background reading, try limiting your search to books using the link on the left hand side of the page.
provides a range of commentaries, including:
Select the Source Directory tab > select Environmental Law > next to the 'Land & environment notes' heading select Browse > you are now viewing the table of contents for this commentary service.
Tip: You can also search the commentary by selecting Search from the left-hand side of the Table of Contents page.
Note: AGIS is an index of articles - you are not searching full-text articles
Tip: Always check the help section before using a new database to find out the correct way to enter your keywords.
Select Advanced Search. In the first Search Query box type toxic OR hazardous %15 waste > in the second search box type australia > Run search & view results
Select Complete Record for one of the articles to see where your search terms have been found.
Tip: If an article isn't available in full-text, use Findit@mq or MultiSearch to find a copy.
Select Literature from the drop-down menu under Advanced search> select the List button next to the Subject field to browse the subject headings > tick the box next to Waste and hazardous substances > click Select to return to the search form.
In the Words from record box type dumping disposal > drop-down the arrow and change All Words to Any Word > select Go & view results.
Tip: If an article isn't available in full-text, use MultiSearch to find a copy.