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Every Issue

Cite as: March 2013 87 (3) LIJ, p.62

This month’s reviews cover a legal research resource, family studies, legal citation, a criminal justice blog, a technology blog for lawyers and a mental health diagnostic manual.


HeinOnline is the world’s largest image-based legal research collection, containing more than nine centuries of legal history and covering more than 1600 law and law-related periodicals (with mostly international content). Searching can be done by title, country, subject and, interestingly, most cited. Hein’s Scholar check feature allows you to view articles that have heavily influenced or impacted on a particular subject simply by clicking its icon, which then generates a list of articles which cite that document. Articles that are accessible can be saved as full-text PDF documents. LIV members can also access the full reprint of the English Reports (1220 1867). HeinOnline is available remotely for LIV members who would like to use it from their desktop. Log in using your LIV membership logon details.

Family Matters

Family Matters is the research journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and from this website you can view its latest issue in full as well as issues dating back to August 2011. Older issues are gradually being added for download. Contributors to the journal include respected social scientists and policy analysts, service providers and research agencies. The journal is published twice a year and the articles cover a broad range of topics from children’s issues, de facto relationships, domestic violence to property settlements and estates. Also highlighted is the AIFS’s latest research as well as the work of other research organisations from Australia and around the world. The site provides the opportunity to register for alerts through email and social media.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC)

Having to cite some online legal material recently, the reviewer revisited the Australian Guide to Legal Citation ( AGLC) as a reminder of ways to correctly construct the citations. Now in its third edition, the AGLC is published and distributed by the Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc in collaboration with the Melbourne Journal of International Law. This edition is longer and more comprehensive than previous editions and provides examples for almost all rules. It provides rules for both domestic and international materials and includes examples for materials from countries such as China, the United Kingdom and the United States. Those needing general guidance should use the section entitled “General Rules” which discusses footnoting, quotations and punctuation, among other topics.

Reasonable Grounds

Reasonable Grounds is a blog created by an anonymous Sydney criminal lawyer and covers news in criminal justice, politics and human rights. Submissions are often “re-posts” or summaries from traditional newspapers, radio, journals of opinion and other blogs and as such the site provides an efficient way of keeping up with recent developments in these areas. Stories featured on the site are extensively tagged by subject, organisations and people, making the archived posts easy to navigate via a prominent “tag cloud” located in a side column. Frequency of posting seems to vary considerably from month to month, but the quality is always there and you won’t find any off-topic discussion or silly Instagram pictures of the author’s lunch. One to follow via an RSS feed.


We recently came across this blog by David Sparks after the library purchased his excellent new book iPad at Work. The book has already proved a popular borrow, so we thought it was worth pointing people to the equally informative, which is full of productivity tips and software reviews focusing not just on the iPad and other Apple products, but often featuring cloud-based tools as well. Sparks is a Californian business attorney, but his blog (and book) rarely mention this fact. This doesn’t diminish the usefulness of his observations for the practising lawyer however, and his selection of favourite tools for getting the job done can easily be seen fitting into the workflow of a typical small or medium-sized practice. A super-minimalist looking, authoritatively written blog.

American Psychiatric Association – DSM-5

The American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is, even in Australia, the best reference when it comes to evaluating personal injury claims. Similarly, the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM) is an invaluable international standard for evaluating mental health conditions. The fifth edition of this work, DSM-5, is the culmination of over a decade’s worth of work by the APA and is due for release in May this year. The DSM-5 site gives a brief introduction to the changes that will occur, and includes an FAQ on the hows and whys of these (somewhat controversial – see news on Autism Spectrum Disorder, for example) changes. DSM-5 will undoubtedly have a huge impact if accepted by the Australian courts.


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