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WELCOME TO THE LAW SUBJECT GUIDE

This guide will direct you to a range of the best sources of information for law.

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

Use this guide to learn how to search professional legal databases and printed publications quickly and confidently.

Developing your legal research skills will also benefit your employment prospects; combined with critical thinking skills, they are highly valued by the legal profession.

The sources of law referred to come from the jurisdiction of England and Wales, from European law and include some comparative International materials.

Please contact your Information Librarian for further guidance.

Further guides for legal research can be found in the Law section at the bottom of this page.

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

Gary Slappers' Legal Skills Guide contains lots of useful information to accompany his English Legal System textbook.

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

 

KEY DATABASES

JustCite: the Good Law Guide

JustCite is an online legal research platform that helps you find leading authorities and establish the current status of the law.

  • JustCite you identify the leading case in seconds. JustCite search ranking considers the relationships between cases, not just keyword frequency
  • JustCite marks up the specific effects of cases, so you know whether those cases are still “good law”
  • The database also shows you how legislation has been amended and applied in court

LexisLibrary

A key database, holding vast quantities of information, useful for all law students.

  • 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

A key database, holding vast quantities of information, useful for all law students.

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 online 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

An archive database useful for international journals, containing the:

  • Law Journal Library - strong on American journals and law reviews
  • The English Reports (1220-1865) - case law reports (otherwise known as the nominate reports)

There is a Getting Started Guide here.

IDS Online

IDS (Incomes Data Services) is an independent research organisation providing information and analysis in key areas including employment law.

 

OSCOLA REFERENCING

Find the latest version of the USW OSCOLA guide here:

OSCOLA Referencing Guide, Revised 2014

OSCOLA Referencing film:


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LEXIS AND WESTLAW STUDENT ASSOCIATES

LexisLibrary:

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Westlaw UK:

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