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Legal Research Basics

Texts and General Resources

Use Library Search to find relevant texts and resources, such as journal articles on your topic area. The Advanced Search will allow you to search more effectively. 

Here's a key book in this area:

Evolving technology creates risk for businesses and individuals, yet regulation may trail behind developments. The challenges to personal, institutional and corporate privacy are escalating. Compliance with confidentiality laws is now complicated by jurisdictional issues arising from the use of modern communication technology, including social media. Privacy legislation continues to evolve, and at the same time statutory protection is further complicated by the possible emergence of a common law right to privacy.

Dean's Law of Trade Secrets and Privacy provides essential guidance through the law of personal, institutional and corporate privacy. 

Legal Encyclopaedias

Kluwer International Encyclopaedia of Cyber Law

The Encyclopaedia consists primarily in a series of chapters by country.

 The different legal subjects related to ICT are treated in seven main parts:

  • Regulation of the ICT Market
  • Protection of Intellectual Property in the ICT Sector
  • ICT Contracts
  • Electronic Transactions
  • Non-Contractual Liability
  • Privacy Protection
  • Computer-Related Crime


  1. Go to Kluwer Law International through the Library
  2. Select 'Manuals' in the top menu
  3. Choose 'IEL CyberLaw' in the left panel


Search the Library's A-Z journals page for relevant journals.

Some key Australian databases include:

Some key international databases include:

Online Commentaries

Commentaries are really useful resources. Think of them like a comprehensive textbook that are updated frequently and a have a more practical focus.

Check out the Media and Internet Law and Practice commentary through Westlaw AU.

Case Studies

JSTOR Security Studies

Explore a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe.

Access: Go to JSTOR through the Library, select 'Browse' and 'By Subject', then select 'Security Studies'.