The 2 key electronic resources for law are:
On these you will find a range of legal information including case law, legislation (acts, SI's and bills), journal articles, regulatory documents, news and current awareness for the UK, EU and further afield.
For details on how to access International materials see this link
There is some overlap between the two but they also have distinct differences:
- Lexis has the full text of more law report series (e.g. All England Law Reports) and all of the Halsburys publications
- Westlaw has many more full text and abstracted journal articles.
More on the differences between Lexis and Westlaw here.
Print copies are in the library.
Yearbook of European Law
Older copies in the library - click here for electronic access.
Law Reports from ICLR (Incorporated Council for Law Reporting)
ICLR publish various series of law reports inc. The Law Reports, Weekly Law Reports, Industrial Reports, Business Reports and Public and Third Sector Reports. Click here to access to ICLR Online (on campus only) Their reports are also available on Westlaw and Lexis too.
OneSearch - Library Catalogue Search Engine
Whilst it is best to use Lexis and Westlaw from the links above, OneSearch can be used to:
- search for journal articles we have available in our other eresource collections. This includes material from other jurisdictions, but be careful when selecting relevant articles.
- see if we have the full text of an article where you have only found the reference or abstract (enter surname and keywords from the title of article to search e.g. Walker Impact Hague Abduction)
We subscribe to a number of individual eresources or collections of journals and other materials. Check in our subject pages to see if there is a subject related to your area of interest. Of particular relevance are the following individual collections:
Business Source Premier - business or employment law articles
Cinahl - legal issues in health and social care
Community Care Inform - a database of case law, research, government policy and other documents for professionals working in health and social care
Criminal Justice - criminal justice and criminology
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - from 18th and 20th centuries up to 2004
Proquest Criminal Justice - journals on crime, it's causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends
Sage - includes some useful law journals including 'Alternative LAw Journal', 'Environmental Law Review', 'Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law', 'Medical Law International'
SocIndex - health and social care, social scences issues relating to law are included in thi collection.
If you know the name of the journal you are looking for you can also check if we have access via our A-Z of all journals the University subscribes to.
Google Scholar is a useful place to search for journals. Also includes American case law.