Your Academic Librarian

Welcome to the Law subject page.  This guide highlights the key resources for your subject area, and the key services and facilities available from the Library.

Your Librarian is Carolyn Mustard. Carolyn can help you find the resources you need for your research, and advise you on how best to reference them.


Tel: 01382 308891

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LibrarySearch is a quick and easy way to search and access our print and online content from one simple search box.

LibrarySearch simultaneously searches a huge amount of scholarly content including eBook and online journal article collections, conference proceedings, reports, and open access resources, as well as all the items in the Library building. Simply search by title, author, and /or keywords.


BrowZine allows you to easily browse, read, and keep up-to-date with current scholarly journal content on any device. You can add your favourite journal titles to your Bookshelf to keep up to date with what's been published, and easily export your citations to RefWorks.

Legal databases

In addition to LibrarySearch, we also have access to the following key legal databases providing access to cases, legislation and legal journal titles. Content from these is not included on LibrarySearch so will need to be searched separately. 

Remember, whilst some content can overlap, each provide access to unique resources. If what you're after isn't in one, try the other.


Websites - sources of freely available reports, papers, books etc

Key websites for your subject area include: 

Case Law

  • Index to legal abbreviations. Use this website to find out abbreviations for both case reports and journals.
  • Open access Scottish law reports. A searchable database of over 650 key Scottish Cases since 1873 provided by the Scottish Council of Law Reporting. The full report is not available although details of the case and the opinion are.
  • Scottish Courts website. Court judgements for Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Court.
  • House of Lords cases. Decided cases from 1838 until 31st July 2009. From 1st October 2009 the Supreme Court asssumed jurisdiction on points of law for all civil law cases in the UK and all criminal cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

EU Law

  • EUR-Lex. This portal is a good place to start if you are looking for European Union Law. The free service provides access to Case Law.
  • CURIA. This site provides access to The European Court of Justice and The Court of First Instance - the two courts which interpret and enforce European Law. Access to the full-text of cases heard in these two courts.
  • European Court of Human Rights. Includes reports of judgements and decisions and analysis of case law.
  • European Sources Online. An online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders.
  • Europa. The portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. 


Legal Websites

  • BAILII. Access to Freely Available British and Irish Public Legal Information.
  • IALS (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies). Access to a number of free resources including FLAG (foreign law guide), current legal research topics database and the FLARE index to Treaties (1856 to the present).
  • Lawlinks. A comprehensive gateway service, offering annotated links to legal information on the internet compiled by the Templeman Library at the University of Kent.
  • Scottish Law Commission. reports, discussion papers and consultation papers from 1965 onwards.


  • UK Statute Law database. The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online. (Please note: Revised legislation is currently being brought up to date, a warning notice will be alongside any legislation which has not yet been updated).
  • OPSI. Access to the full-text of Acts or Parliament from 1988 and Statutory Instruments from 1987 onwards.

Parliamentary research papers

Other resources and support