Legal databases

Legal content such as cases, legislation, and law journals can all be found from the following two key legal databases:

Finding cases

Cases can be searched separately from both Westlaw or Lexis. Select 'Cases' at the top of the screen then search by:

There is duplication across these databases, but each contain unique content.  Remember, if what you need isn't in one, try the other.

Example of a case citation

Law case

Further details on how to cite legal resources can be found in the OSCOLA guide.

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Finding cases on Westlaw

Finding legislation on Westlaw

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Finding UK legislation

Example of a piece of legislation:

Human Rights Act 1998

Finding UK legislation

Whether using Westlaw or Lexis, choose Legislation at the top of the top of the screen then search by:

  • Name of Act eg human rights act
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Finding legal journal articles

When you have a reference to an article and you wish to find the full text, search in either Weslaw or Lexis. Some content overlaps between the two databases, so if the full text cannot be found in one, remember to also search the other.

Select Journals at the top of the screen then search by:

Alternatively, if you do not have a reference and you wish to search for journal articles on your topic:

Search tips

Multidisciplinary collections that include law journals

Depending on your topic, you way also want to search outside legal databases. The following provide access to a huge amount of literature, both legal and otherwise.

Example of law journal citation

Law Journal

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OSCOLA - for students studying Law

Students Studying Law modules should use OSCOLA referencing. 

Guides to OSCOLA

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