Passwords for legal databases
Most databases are controlled by Athens authentication.
You are automatically authenticated when you log in via
Databases are listed on the Learning Resources tab in Portal.
Journal article references
A journal article reference adheres to a set
format (depending on the
and includes at least some of the following
- author and title of
- title of the journal
- year, volume, part and page numbers
So, for example, a law
journal reference may look like this:
Kavanagh, A. (2005) Pepper v Hart and matters of
constitutional principle. L.Q.R., 121 (Jan), p. 243-264
Title of article Journal title
Vol (Part) Pages
widely used in legal references. It is a good idea to make sure
you know what an abbreviation stands for before you start to look for
the journal in the Library. The best online source for deciphering
abbreviations is the
Cardiff Index to Legal
Abbreviations but you can find out more about legal
abbreviations in the
Writing and Citing guide.
In your studies you have to be able to:
- Find journals
articles when you already have the precise reference.
list to search for full text by reference.
- Finding journal articles on a legal topic.
to search by
Searching the Electronic
Check the library's
Electronic Journals list
list to check if a journal is
available in full text from the library.
You will find a link to Electronic Journals on the Learning
Resources page in the Portal.
For example to find the
Law Quarterly Review enter the journal
title in the search box and click on Search.
library holds an electronic copy it will be listed on
the next screen.
the coverage details carefully to make sure that the year you
need is available, then select the appropriate host database
link below the title. Browse to the year and part you
journal article is not available
electronically then go to Step 2.
Check the library's print journal
journal does not appear in the
Electronic Journals list, or the
year you need is not available
electronically, then use the
to see if the
journal is available in print on the
library shelves. Use the title
or keyword search option and select
Use the Library's
Document Delivery service
journal is not available either
electronically or in print then use
the library's Document Delivery
System. You will need to complete
and sign a yellow Document Delivery
Form for the article you want.
Forms are available at the library
Issue Desks and Information Points.
Databases allow you to search for
a topic across hundreds of journals at once.
The most useful databases
for law journals are listed below.
Full text journals
Westlaw enables you to search the full text
of around 80 UK law journals. To carry
out a search select Journals from the options
at the top of the screen and choose
Full-Text Articles. You can choose to search
through all of them at the same time or
click on Browse to search a single journal.
In addition to UK journals there is a huge
number of US and international journal
titles available. Click on Services at the
top of the screen and choose the Westlaw
International option on the menu.
Legal Journals Index
Westlaw also provides access to the Legal
Journals Index, the major UK law journal
indexing service. Click on Journals
and then choose the Abstracted Journals
option. By selecting Legal Journals Index
from the Quick Search options on the left of
the screen you can search for articles in
approximately 800 UK and European Law
Journals in English. If the full text of an
article is available in Westlaw, links will
be provided to the relevant document. If it
is not available in full text, make a note
of the reference and search for it using the
steps outlined above.
LRDI - Legal and Regulatory Developments
The LRDI database provides
entries for or abstracts of legal and regulatory documents released
by governmental and quasi-governmental bodies of the United Kingdom
and the European Union. Coverage begins with January 1994 and
documents covered include command papers and other parliamentary
publications. Links are not provided to the full text of
documents though you can use LRDI to search for publications by
topic. Once you have full publication details you can then
search the library catalogue to check if the publication is held in
one of the university libraries.
Full text journals
LexisLibrary provides access to more than
text UK law journals. While one
or two may also appear in Westlaw, the
majority of the journals held will be
Select Journals from the
option across the top of the screen. You can
either search through all 70 titles, or choose the browse option
to look at an single title.
In addition to UK journals you can also
access a huge number of international
journals in LexisLibrary.
Use the Sources tab to Browse to International content in Lexis.
This major full
text database is particularly useful for
American and international journal
literature and provides access to the
archive holdings of over 500 journal
titles. While other databases cover
more recent material, HeinOnline's coverage of journal titles
always starts from volume 1. It is the only online
source for the full text archive of the Northern
Ireland Legal Quarterly.
SwetsWise is a multidisciplinary database
which provides access to the full text of
around 90 law journals including:
Cambridge Law Journal
Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
European Law Journal
It can be another good place search if you
need the full text of one or two journal
articles and do not have to cover the legal
topic comprehensively. However
remember that SwetsWise is not
comprehensive. Use the Legal Journals
Index search option in Westlaw for
comprehensive searching of UK journal
Current Legal Information
CLI contains both the Legal Journals
Index, Financial Journals Index also found in Westlaw and LRDI
- The Legal and Regulatory Development Index.
Material covered by
Current Legal Information is also included in Westlaw.
Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law
A comprehensive digest
of Northern Ireland Law from 1996, including an
index to the articles in Northern Ireland Legal
Newspapers are a useful source of background
information and the library provides access
to then both electronically and in print.
Major newspaper database.
Covers a huge range of local, national
and international newspapers. Use the source
selection menu to explore the variety of
newspapers covered include:
Belfast Telegraph 1996-
Irish News 2001-
The libraries provide access to a selection
of daily newspapers on each campus. A
selection of the newspapers currently being
taken is listed below. Check the
library catalogue if you are looking for a
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