A guide to key legal research databases, user guides and tutorials for the UK, EU, Foreign and International law.

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This pages highlights the key legal databases and research guides available to you, with additional information for:


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Key Databases

    Open access judgments of UK case law from the British and Irish Legal Information Institute.
  • ICLR Online
    Key series of law reports from the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting including The Law Reports and Weekly Law Reports.
  • JustisOne
    Legal search engine and citation tool, with links to full-text primary sources including historic legislation.
  • Lawtel
    Legal current awareness service, including case summaries and pending actions service.
    Official open access UK legislation from The National Archives.
  • Lexis Library
    Key legal research databases with full-text UK and EU legislation and case law, and Halsbury's Laws of England encyclopaedia.
  • Practical Law
    Legal know-how service providing practice area overviews, practice notes, standard documents and current awareness services - includes PLC Magazine.
  • Westlaw UK
    Key legal research database with full-text UK and EU legislation and case law, Index of Legal Terms dictionaries and the Legal Journals Index.

Research Guides

  • Understanding law journal citations (coming)
  • Finding a law journal article (coming)
  • Finding law journal articles on a subject (coming)
  • Understanding law report citations (coming)
  • Finding a law report (coming)
  • Finding legislation (coming)


Other Law Databases

Non-Law Databases

    Applied Social Science Index and Abstract - find journal articles in the social sciences.
  • Business Source Premier
    Find journal articles on business, company, employment, finance and management including PlumX Metrics.
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts
    Find journal articles on criminal justice, crime and criminology including PlumX Metrics.
  • Google Scholar
    Find journal articles and citations across all disciplines including Google Scholar Metrics (h-index).
  • Scopus
    Find journal articles and citations across all disciplines, including SciVal and PlumX Metrics.
  • Web of Science Core Collection:
    Find journal articles and conference papers across all disciplines, including Social Sciences Citation Index and the Journal Citation Reports.

Official Publications

  • Gov.UK
    Official website of UK government including departments, publications, statistics and consultations.
  • Ministry of Justice
    The ministerial department reposnsible for the UK's courts, prisons and probation services.
  • Parliament.UK
    Official website of the UK parliament including Bill Tracker to trace current status of Bills, and link to parliamentary papers and debates
  • Office for National Statistics
    Official statistics of the United Kingdom including business, economics, employment, and population.
  • UK Government Web Archive
    Official archive of UK government websites from 2001 to date.
  • UK Parliamentary Papers
    Historical parliamentary papers and Hansard debates from 1715 to 2005.

Human Rights

European Union

  • EUR-Lex
    Official database of European Union law, including the Official Journal, treaties, legislation and case law.
  • Europa
    Official website of the European Union with links to all institutions and agencies.
  • European Sources Online
    A guide to finding official sources of EU information, plus expert commentary, analysis, summaries and news.
  • Eurostat
    Official statistics of the European Union including demographic, financial and crime statistics.
  • Eutopia Law
    An EU blog featuring news and commentary on EU law, politics and Brexit.
  • European Law Blog
    An EU law blog featuring news and commentary on EU case law and legislation.

Foreign & International

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