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Welcome to the subject page for Law. This page can point you in the right direction to help find information for your studies. 

The Law Library at Fusehill Street gives you a flavour of the different types of sources you will need to consult to find legal information. You will find case law, legislation, legal encyclopaedias, textbooks and journals. Click on the Books tab to find out more. 

There is much more available online so check out the Journals, Eresources and Websites sections below.

You might find it tricky finding your way around legal information to start with so please ask for advice if you need it at either the library desk or by emailing skills@cumbria.ac.uk and asking for assistance from the Law Librarian.

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and moreā€¦

 VIDEO: Accessing Legal Databases
  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 


    Legal Reference Material in the Law Library

    In addition to books and textbooks of cases and materials on different subjects the law library also contains various legal reference material such as:

    • Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice
    • Current Law Statutes and Citators
    • Halsburys Laws of England (up to 2009)
    • Law Commission Papers and Reports - also on this link
    • Law Reports - various titles eg All England Law Reports (1558 - 2009), Law Reports (1865 - 2009)
    • Yearbook of European Law  - older copies in the library - and electronic access is via OneSearch

    NB: many are also available online via Lexis Library and Westlaw

  • Journals & Eresources

    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.


    Solicitor's Journal

    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)

    Individual Eresources

    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.

     

    Journals A-Z

    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.

     

    Other sources

    Google Scholar is a useful place to search for journals. Also includes American case law.

     

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.


    BAILLII - access to freely available British and Irish public legal information

    Cardiff Index to Abbreviations - help with abbreviations to sources

    Eur-lex - access to EU law

    Infolaw - gateway to UK legal information

    Lawlinks - gateway to legal sources on the Internet

    UK Legislation - full text of acts and statutes. Not as up to date as Westlaw or Lexis.