When looking for academic journal articles you can use the 'everything' search in Library Search or search directly in the databases below, which we’ve selected as being most relevant to your subject area.
Databases are the best place to find academic journal articles as they offer advanced search tools, metric data, and export options for referencing. These databases also often provide access to information types such as conference papers, book chapters, review articles, trade magazines, and more. BrowZine can also be used to explore e-journal titles in your subject.
While most of our collection is now available digitally, some titles may only be accessible in print. You can find these journal titles using an ‘everything except articles’ search in Library Search.
You’ll also find links to essential reading for your programme in your module reading lists on Canvas.
Below is a list of key eJournal databases and collections covering your subject area.
Databases will either provide you with the full text of the journal or they will give you the bibliographic details of an article. Where full text is not available, look for the link and follow this to see if we have the full text available via Library Search.
We recommend you search our specialised law databases independently and follow-up your bibliographic results with Library Search.
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 Lexis+ UK 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:
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:
Much like Library Search, multidisciplinary databases cover a wide range of topics and are a great place to scope your search, or to use if your topic covers more than one subject area.
Explore further tools, guides and support from the Library.