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Key Databases

Collection of law and law-related material covering four centuries of mainly US law research. Collections include the Law Journal Library and US Supreme Court Library and are all image-based and fully searchable. The Law Journals Library contains 888 full text journals from first issues, with increasing current and UK coverage.
Access to an extensive set of full text legal resources, including UK Cases and Legislation, Halsbury's Laws of England, Forms & Precedents and UK Journals.
Cases and statutes, administrative materials, law reviews and treatises, attorney profiles, news and business information.

Other Useful Databases

Offering the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels. It includes in-depth coverage for over 3,730 publications, with more than 2,670 available in full text.
Business Source Complete contains premium content of peer-reviewed, business related journals. Included as part of the comprehensive coverage are indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.
Part of the LexisNexis Butterworth service. Comprehensive and authoritative narrative treatment of the law of England and Wales.

Once in Lexis Nexis, you can find Halsbury's Laws of England in the "My Bookshelf" list on the right of the page.
The most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.
Electronic journals. Full text access is limited to University subscriptions only.

Web Pages

IALS (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) with free Legal Databases:

  • British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) - British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material
  • Current Legal Research Topics Database - This database lists subjects of research in progress by students of law in the UK, and is presented for information only. The database aims to be a comprehensive listing of research for higher degrees in law, M.Phil. or Ph.D., currently underway in universities in the United Kingdom. Please note that the research listed is currently underway, and has not yet been completed. Therefore these dissertations are not yet available through libraries or other channels
  • Eagle-i (Electronic Access to Global Legal Information) - A free to use dedicated portal to high quality legal information sources on the Web - being developed by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies as a national service for law
  • FLAG - A database which acts as a gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities and national libraries
  • Flare - Find treaty sources in the Flare Index to Treaties

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
A service allowing you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law.

Commonwealth Legal Information Institute
Access to The English Reports

Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is the continents’s leading human rights organisation.

Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
Ensuring EU law is interpreted and applied the same in every EU country; ensuring countries and EU institutions abide by EU law.

Crown Prosecution Service
The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

Access to European Union law

European Court of Human Rights

European Society of International Law
A society that provides a forum for European-wide discussions, and foster the involvement and representation of younger scholars

Home Office

International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946.

Law Commission
The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.

The law student’s guide to the web. The easy way to access essential links, journal articles and information.

From University of Kent , a comprehensive listing of internet law. is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online. (Previously the UK Statute Law Database)

Ministry of Justice
We work to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public.

OSCOLA (Oxford Referencing)
From Oxford Law Faculty.

UK Parliament
The UK Parliament site, includes access to Hansard