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Subjects

Law

Your subject page provides links to key subject resources available in the library and online, accessible both on and off campus, guides about using information for your studies and links to additional resources. Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for help with finding and using information.

 

Finding UK Legislation, Case Law, and EU Law 

Subject Resources

Reading Lists

The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list using your module code. This will link you directly to eBooks and articles in eJournals as well as trustworthy websites.  These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.

Databases

Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including cases, legislation, legal journal articles and newspapers. Some databases will link to the full text for that information, others will only provide the reference.

For help with finding primary materials like Cases and Legislation try JustCite

Other key databases for Law are LexisLibrary, Westlaw and HeinOnline

Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice on searching the databases.

Journals and eJournals (electronic journals)

How to find printed law journals in the Library

The printed law journals are arranged alphabetically by title and are shelved with the Law Collection on Level 2. Principal law journals are: Cambridge Law Journal, Criminal Law Review, Current Legal Problems, Law Quarterly Review, The Modern Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Public Law.

It should be easy to find a particular journal article if you have the full reference. There are several ways of citing journals but a typical citation using the OSCOLA referencing system would be:

R Kerridge and G Davis, 'Reform of the legal profession: an alternative way ahead' (1999) 62 MLR 807

Use the Library catalogue and search using the full journal title (not the abbreviation)
Use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to find out the full meaning of the abbreviation if necessary
The catalogue will show if the journal is online or in print or both
Locate on Level 2 in the Law Collection

How to find electronic law journals in the Library

To find which journals are available electronically you can either search the Library catalogue by Journal title, any record that has a "Full Text" link means there is electronic access to that title.

Otherwise you may go directly to the EJournals@surrey page.

Search using the full journal title (not the abbreviation)
Use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to find out the full meaning of the abbreviation if necessary
The Ejournals@surrey page will direct you to the correct database
Most of the law electronic journals will link through to the 3 key databases:

Lexis Library
Westlaw UK
HeinOnline

Please note that the majority of our online legal resources are available to current University of Surrey staff and students only.

How to find journal articles on a particular topic

There are many sources for finding out legal journal articles by subject. One of the best ones is:

Legal Journals Index (1986-) via Westlaw UK

This index is the most important source for tracing British and English language European journals. You can search by subject, keyword, legislation cited, case cited, journal title, article and author.

There is also

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (via HeinOnline)
Access to legal literature worldwide including all forms of non Anglo-American law.

Criminal Justice Abstracts
Abstracts and references to criminology related journal articles, book reviews and book chapters

The other major online sources for tracing articles of a non-legal nature are:

Web of Science- a broad index to articles in the Social Sciences covering socio-legal subjects, criminology etc

IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - this is an index to a broad range of international publications in the fields of economics, sociology, political science and anthropology
British Humanities Index - this includes articles from a broad range of journals, magazines and newspapers, and is especially valuable for topical information.

JSTOR Arts & Science Collections - provides a collection of full-text journals from the Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

ZETOC - provides access to the British Library's vast index of journals and conference proceedings and allows you to set up an email alert of your selected journal contents pages.

Useful web links

Other Libraries

You may wish to search the catalogues of other libraries:

British Library

British Library of Political and Economic Science: one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences.

COPAC: searches the major university research libraries in the UK in one catalogue

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library - access to the Library catalogue and Research Guides

If you want to use another library, ask about access at the AskMe Desk.

Other Web Links

UK Government

Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council - a permanent standing body charged with monitoring the constitution and working of all tribunals and inquiries in Great Britain.

Cabinet Office - information on government, including ministries and the Civil Service  

Crown Prosecution Service

Directgov - a wide range of government information

Judiciary of England and Wales -details about the judiciary service

Law Commission - keeps the law under review and recommends reform where it is needed

Ministry of Justice - information on the administration of justice. A good gateway to other legal sites.

Privy Council Office- includes description of the functions and jurisdiction of the Privy Council as well as links to judgments

Official Publications

Legislation.gov.uk

London Gazette -official news and legal statutory notices. Searchable backfile from 1752 to date

Official Documents- is the official reference facility for Command and departmentally sponsored House of Commons Papers. All Command Papers and House of Commons Papers published from May 2005 onwards, as well as key Departmental papers, are available for free on the site in PDF format

The Stationery Office (TSO) - includes a searchable database of all the Stationery Office's current print titles

The National Archives- The National Archives is preserving government information published on the web by archiving UK Central Government Websites

Parliament

Bills -bills before Parliament

Hansard - full text Hansard from1803-2005

House of Commons - including Hansard

House of Lords - including Hansard

UK Parliament

International Law - guides and resources

International Legal Research Tutorial - follow this online tutorial about international legal research which provides tips of resources to use.

ASIL - American Society of International Law, information on the teaching, theory and practice of international law.

EISIL - Electronic Information System for International Law. A major research tool for international law. This database has detailed subject breakdown and access to primary documents and secondary materials. It has been developed by the American Society for International Law

GlobaLex - section on international law research which has 20+ guides to specific topics of current interestStudies, research guides by jurisdiction

International Law - the United Nations International Law page

International Law Library - includes decisions, treaties and agreements available on WorldLII

Treaties - This ASIL guide gives you some guidance on how to go about treaty research, using electronic resources 

United Nations Treaty Collection

WorldLII- World Legal Information Institute, free, independent access to worldwide law

International Courts

African International Courts and Tribunals

European Court of Human Rights

International Court of Justice

International Criminal Court

Academic Liaison Librarian

Catherine Batson

Guide to Shelfmarks

Administrative law 342.41
Company law 346.42066
Competition law 343.410721
Competition law (Europe) 343.240721
Constitutional law 342.41
Constitutional law (Germany) 342.43
Constitutional law (France) 342.44
Constitutional law (Spain) 342.46
Consumer law 343.41071
Contract law 346.42022
Criminal law 345.42
Employment law 344.4101
Environmental law 344.41046
Environmental law (Europe) 344.24046
European Union law 341.2422
Equity and trusts 346.42059
Evidence - Criminal 345.4206
Evidence - Civil 347.4206
Family law 346.42015
Human rights 342.41085
Human rights (Europe) 342.24085
Human rights (International) 341.48
Intellectual property law 346.41048
International law 341
International criminal law 345.0235
International trade law 343.087
Jurisprudence 340.1
Land law 346.42043
Landlord and tenant 346.420434
Legal System (England and Wales) 349.42
Legal System (Germany) 349.43
Legal System (France) 349.44
Legal System (Spain) 349.46
Legal System (Russia) 349.47
Media law 343.420998
Medical law 344.41041
Public international law 341
Public law 342
Sale of goods 346.41072
Treaties 341.026
Tort law 346.4203

Sources of help for Westlaw UK and Westlaw International

Email:  Catherine Batson, Academic Liaison Librarian, c.batson@surrey.ac.uk

For technical problems email: journals@surrey.ac.uk

Westlaw Student Representative – Grace Housden

Westlaw helpline (24 hours) 0800 028 2200

Westlaw Training Videos

Sources of help for Lexis Library

Email:  Catherine Batson, Academic Liaison Librarian, c.batson@surrey.ac.uk

For technical problems email: journals@surrey.ac.uk

Lexis Library helpline  0845 370 1234

Lexis Library Training Videos  

Sources of help for HeinOnline

Email:  Catherine Batson, Academic Liaison Librarian, c.batson@surrey.ac.uk

For technical problems email: journals@surrey.ac.uk

Email:  HeinOnline holsupport@wshein.com

HeinOnline Training Guides

Where we are

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