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Welcome to your library subject page. This has been compiled by your subject librarian and is here to help you find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction.

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject. As your tutors also like you read broadsheet newspapers there is also a list of newspapers below.


    Legal eresources allow you to search across multiple sources eg case law, legislation, journals or academic commentary and guides to the law. The key ones we subscribe to (Lexis and Westlaw) are much more up to date than freely available websites. Plus they link related documents together and use flags to indicate good quality law.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.

    lexis_library, lexis library logo Lexis Library

    Unique to Lexis:

    • Halsburys Laws of England - a good starting point to understand a new topic.
    • Some 130 journal titles  - not duplicated in Westlaw
    • Case Overviews
    • Glossary of legal terms
    • EU content included. Separate website for International Content
    • Lexis Library User Guides
    • UK Newspapers - click on the News menu tab.
    westlaw, westlaw logo Westlaw

    Unique to Westlaw:

    • Case Analyses, and new for 2020 Case Analytics and Precedent Maps
    • Some 120 journals  - not duplicated in Lexis
    • Overviews of legal topics
    • EU area inlcuded on menu
    • Westlaw International  - click link under 'More Resources' on homepage.
    • Includes very good help pages
    • UK newspapers - click on the News link under 'More Resources'

    The differences and coverage of Lexis Library and Westlaw are described by the University of London: Quick Reference - Lexis Library and Westlaw.

    Westlaw and Lexis will provide most of what you need for most of your course (do use them both). However for your Dissertation (and other modules e.g. Lawyering in a Digital Age) you will also find relevant material within our other eresources, particularly for comparisons with other countries. Some are listed below:
    business_source_complete, business source complete icon Business Source Complete Journal articles on business, company and employment law
    cinahl, cinahl logo Cinahl legal issues in health and social care
    community_care_inform, community care inform logo Community Care Informs A database of case law, research, government policy and other documents for professionals working in health and social care
    criminal_justice_abstracts, criminal justice abstracts logo Criminal Justice Criminal Justice and Criminology
    house_of_commons_papers, house of commons papers logo House of Commons Parliamentary Papers From 18th and 20th centuries up to 2004
    proquest, proquest logo Proquest Criminal Justice Journals on crime, it's causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends
    sage, sage logo Sage Journals Includes some useful law journals including 'Alternative Law Journal', 'Environmental Law Review', 'Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law', 'Medical Law International' etc


    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside key journal titles for your subject below. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

     JournalSubject Area
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    Criminal Law Review

    Journal of Criminal Law

    Criminal Law

    European Constitutional Law Review

    International Journal of Constitutional Law 

    Constitutional Law

    Children and Family Law Quarterly

    Family Law Journal

    Family Law

    European Law Review

    Yearbook of European Law

    European Union

    Cambridge Law Jounal

    Law Quarterly Review

    Modern Law Review

    Oxford Journal Legal Studies


    Medical Law Review Medical
    Torts Law Journal  Tort



    The library provides access to the following newspapers through our Proquest eresource as some newspaper websites charge for access.

    dl_reading, orange cartoon of a person reading a book  Daily Telegraph From 2000 to current day


    From 1996 to yesterday's edition

    Financial Times

    From 1996 to one month ago
    The Times From 1992 to yesterday's edition

    There is also newspaper articles available via Lexis and Westlaw.

    Finally our Newspaper page has some guidance on finding news stories

  • Web links for your subject

    Web LinkDescription
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  BAILLII Access to freely available British and Irish public legal information

    Cardiff Index of Legal Abbreviations

    Lookup abbreviations for sources (as used in OSCOLA referencing)


    Access to EU law providing text of the Official Journal of the EU, EU law - treaties, directives etc, case law etc


    Official report of all parliamentary debates

    ICLR - Incorporated Council for Law Reporting

    On campus only.  Contains text of various law reports such as The Law Reports, Weekly Law Reports, Industrial Reports, Business Reports and Public and Third Sector Reports. Also on Westlaw and Lexis

    Law Commission

    Statutory independant body who oversees review and reform of law in England and Wales.


    Gateway to legal sources on the Internet

    UK Legislation

    Government website containing full text of acts and statutes. Not all legislation is as up to date as on Westlaw or Lexis
    UK Parliament

    Details of all aspects of UK Parliament and parliamentary business

    World Legal Information Institute

    Details of how to access legal information in countries worldwide. Really useful for comparative material. Includes access to freely available journal articles too.




    Law courses use OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) guidelines for referencing. Access the guidelines and help materials in the following ways:

    • We have created an OSCOLA basics to give you an introduction including how to layout your documents, footnotes and bibliographies.

    • The OSCOLA website contains the full guide, a quick guide and some FAQs of extra material.
    • Cite them Right, Section K, also has a good overview of OSCOLA - copies in the libraries or online.
    • Cardiff University has a good online tutorial for OSCOLA






  • Getting help / contact us

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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    If you are experiencing problems logging into a resource, try resetting your university password using the Password Reset Service.

    If the problem persists, please contact the IT Service Desk (

    Password Reset Service

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