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This guide is a list of sources for legal research.
These are the key databases we recommend for your subject. You can access electronic resources off-campus through the University's VPN Service Global Protect. Enable cookies on your device if using Safari to access Westlaw.
BIMCO: Baltic and International Maritime CouncilLatest news and market analysis for the shipping industry. Exclusive content includes standard maritime clauses and contracts covering the full lifecycle of ship-related operations and activity.
LawtelUK & EU legislation and law reports. Limited commentary via Westlaw. Exclusive content includes transcripts of unreported cases, practice directions, personal injury quantum reports, Judicial College Guidelines and permission to appeal.
Also includes some commentary from legal journals. Exclusive content includes the All England Law Reports, Halsbury’s Laws of England, Halsbury’s Statutes and specialist law reports (Family Law Reports and Industrial Relations Law Reports).
Lloyds ListNews, analysis and insight for the global shipping industry including the full spectrum of tanker, dry bulk and container markets. Register using a computer on campus. Click here for help with registering.
Law TroveLaw Trove facilitates a rounded and complete study of law. Its powerful search facility means you can delve deeper into your title, navigate more easily, and connect with additional resources in your own institution’s library collection. For the first time Law Trove enables you to search and interrogate the wealth of Oxford’s textbook law list. Further information
WestlawUK & EU legislation and law reports (cases). Limited coverage of some international jurisdictions. Also includes the full text of over 350 eBook titles on all subjects and some commentary from legal journals.
Exclusive content includes the “official” law reports published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR).
Other databases for legal research
These databases might have journal articles and other commentary not available in full text in the key subject resources. Use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to find the meaning of abbreviations for English and foreign language legal publications.
Cambridge Core JournalsMore than 380 peer-reviewed journals and their digitised archives, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences and science, technology and medicine.
"This database allows 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.
A wide selection of major foreign language law publications is also included. Publications from over 295 jurisdictions are featured in the Index."
Google ScholarGoogle Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites
IBSS has particular strengths in politics, economics, sociology and anthropology. Click on the TDNet links to check for full-text. No password on campus. Off campus VPN or Institutional login.
MEDLINE (EBSCO)MEDLINE is the world's best-known medicine and clinical science database, covering literature from around the world since 1946. It has a comprehensive set of controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms). MEDLINE is also available free on the web as PubMed.
The database contains more than 21.6 million records from 5,582 selected publications covering biomedicine and health from 1950 to the present. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE provides information from the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, as well as coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service AbstractsThis database covers literature related to research, policy and practice in criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. Search over 189,000 U.S. and international publications, including federal, state and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, audiovisual presentations and unpublished research.
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Oxford Scholarship OnlineOxford Scholarship Online (OSO) offers access to over 16,000 academic works from the celebrated scholarly list of Oxford University Press, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law... more info.
PsycINFOThe key database for psychology and related subjects. Contains references and abstracts for scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertations, some dating back to the 1600s. The full-text is available for some journal articles. Where there is no full-text link, click on the Full Text Finder link to check for full-text.
Provided by the American Psychological Association’s (APA). The largest database of peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Covers related subjects including medicine, law, neuroscience, business, human resource management, nursing, forensics, criminology, engineering, sociology and gerontology. Includes about 2500 journals, in many languages, from 1800s to present (including all articles from PsycARTICLES).
Sociological AbstractsThis database abstracts and indexes the international literature of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. It provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from thousands of serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers and working papers.
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Web of Science Core CollectionProvides references, and in many cases abstracts, for peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1970-present) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present). Also provides citation data and references to books and conference papers. Click on the Full Text Finder links to check for full-text.
Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) offers access to over 16,000 academic works from the celebrated scholarly list of Oxford University Press, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law... more info.