Your subject-specific guide to using library resources.
Are you looking for a journal article listed on a handout or reading list? Have you found the perfect journal article indexed on Westlaw or LexisLibrary but not the full-text? Library Search gives information on the journals and eJournals the University Library has subscribed to. However, due to some limitations with legal database indexing, we advise you start your search with the journal title and NOT the article title.
Imagine that you need to locate an article published in the MLR:
Richard Mullender, 'Negligence, Public Bodies and Ruthlessness' (2009) 71 MLR 961
What does MLR stand for? Use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to find out the full title of the journal.
Search for the 'Modern Law Review' (i.e. the journal title) on Library Search.
The result will show the following:
Below is a list of key databases and eJournal collections covering your subject area. They will either provide you with the full text of the journal or they will give you the bibliographic details of a journal article. If we have access to this item on another one of our subscriptions you will see the 'find@newcastle' option next to the item; click this to check its availability. We recommend you search our specialised law databases independently and follow-up your bibliographic results with Library Search.
All databases should have a help section with tips and tricks on how to get the best out of using them, so do make yourself familiar with them. You also may find the following helpful:
HeinOnline One Box Search Widget
Try Google Scholar for finding scholarly literature on the internet. Google Scholar is particularly good at finding Open Access (freely accessible) scholarly information but a great deal of important literature is still only available through the databases and electronic journals to which the Library subscribes. You should, therefore, use Google Scholar in addition to (and not instead of) our databases and electronic journals.
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