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Subject guides

Law: Legal Databases (Westlaw and Lexis) and journals

Library Guide for the Law School

Journal abbreviations

References to journal articles will often just contain the abbreviated title, for example, the Criminal Law Review would be CLR

Finding journals in Westlaw video

Bitesize Law databases

Law Trove

Legal databases

Lexis Library training video - Overview


Peer-reviewed journals

Journals, also known as periodicals, are collections of articles published regularly. Peer-review is a process where experts in a particular subject evaluate the research in an article before it is published. Unlike textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles often contain more up-to-date and in-depth content. They are a fantastic source of criticism and critique and will help you to evaluate the law. Some journals focus on just one legal subject, eg Public Law, whereas others cover a variety of legal topics.

Bitesize Law databases