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WELCOME TO THE LAW SUBJECT GUIDE

Use this guide to learn how to search professional legal databases and develop your legal research skills.

Your success as a law student depends upon reading and referencing a wide range of authoritative legal information.

Emily Allbon's Lawbore: The Law Student's Guide to the Web is a fantastic resource full of hints, tips and links.

Ian Thompson's Europe on the Internet 53 slide pdf provides extensive links to European Information.

UPDATED 2018:

BREXIT resources curated by Middle Temple

Researching Applicable Law in Wales – What is Unique in Wales?

Law PORT from IALS (for postgraduate researchers)

Learn for Free Law Courses curated by Inner Temple

KEY DATABASES

LexisLibrary

Take the LexisLibrary certification test here.

Guide to LexisLibrary here.

  • Cases - The Law Reports (ICLR) and All England Law Reports +
  • Legislation - full, amended text of all public general Acts currently in force
  • Commentary - including the key legal encyclopeadia Halsbury's Laws of England
  • Journals - several full text journals and details of many more
  • News - UK broadsheets and regional news articles
  • EU and International materials - selected sources
  • Forms & Precedents and Practice Areas - specialist tools for LPC students
  • Current awareness - search and browse

Westlaw UK

Find online training materials and the Westlaw UK certification test: here.

  • Insight and Index of Legal Terms - for encyclopedic and dictionary definitions
  • Cases - The Law Reports (ICLR) and Weekly Law Reports +
  • Legislation - full, amended text of all public general Acts currently in force
  • Journals - contains The Legal Journals Index
  • EU and International materials - selected sources
  • Books - specialist works for LPC students
  • Current awareness - search and browse
  • Find Westlaw International training materials: here.

Lawtel UK

A database aimed at practitioners and LPC students, first with the latest legal news.

  • Cases - latest cases, case comments, PI Quantum Reports, cause lists and pending actions
  • Legislation - statutes and SIs, bills, command papers, legislation calendars and the CPR
  • Articles & Press - brief journal details only and the latest news snippets
  • Specialist Areas - Busy Solicitors' Digest, Havers, Litigator, Employment, HR, PI and Local Government

Heinonline

  • Contains more than 2,400 law and law-related periodicals.
  • Subjects covered include criminal justice, political science, technology, human rights +
  • Coverage for all journals is from inception and goes through the most currently published issues
  • Search by article title, author, subject, state or country published, full text, and narrow by date.
  • Law Journal Library - strong on American journals and law reviews

There is a Getting Started Guide here.

OSCOLA REFERENCING

Find the latest version of the USW OSCOLA guide here:

OSCOLA Referencing Guide, Revised 2014

OSCOLA Referencing film: