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Cases, legislation and journals via databases
The four databases are the key sources of current Legal information and research.
Watch the videos to learn how to use them.
Heinonline - Law Journal Library
Description: Database of law and law-related issues including articles, comments, notes,book reviews,cases and decisions. Covers more than 90 subject areas published in 29 countries. Also an image-based database providing exact page images as they originally appear in hardcopy
Subject Scope: Legal journals and pre 1865 case reports(The English Reports)
* Index to case law, legislation and journal articles
* Find leading authorities and current status of the law.
* Predominantly UK & EU jurisdictions
* Identify leading cases, whether cases are 'good law' and subsequent treatments
* Legislation amended and applied in court
Description: Database of full text law reports, legislation and many full text journals from the UK, Europe , the United States and many jurisdictions. Also includes commentary, notes ,current awareness and Halsbury's Laws of England.
Date Range: UK case law since 1865. Journal coverage varies depending on publishers. US case law(State and Federal)-dates vary. Large collection of full text US law reviews/journals-again dates vary.
* Full text UK & EU cases, full text UK & EU legislation and full text journal articles
* UK cases from 1865, via law reports and official transcripts (note: not All ER)
* EU cases & legislation (ECJ from 1954; treaties from 1951)
* UK amended Public General Acts & SIs
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Other online resources
(British & Irish Legal Information Institute.) Free resource hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and by the Law Faculty, University College Cork.
BAILII comprises 90 databases, covering seven jurisdictions. Decisions of the House of Lords and Court of Appeal are covered, as are decisions of the European Court of Justice and tribunals.
A useful 'Leading Case Law by Subject' database seeks to identify leading case law from the past and to make them freely available to support legal education.
Accessing e-resources from home
Legal Abbreviations and Citations
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Lists over 7,000 abbreviations for about 4,000 legal publications from both the British isles and the Commonwealth. Covers mainly legal journals and reports though other types of material may be included. Can be searched via title or abbreviation.
Halsbury's Laws of England
This is available electronically on Lexis Library
Current Law Case Citators
Available in the Law Library (2nd Floor Sheppard Library)