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Newcastle University

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Subject support guide

Your subject-specific guide to using library resources.

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Your subject-specific guide to library resources.

Databases and resources

Legal research is an essential skill and involves the identification and location of legal material, including law reports and academic journal articles. We recommend you use the databases listed on this page in addition to our general databases and eJournals which are highlighted in the Journal Articles section of this guide. These are not exhaustive lists and access to some resources may require a Newcastle University Campus ID & password. If you are unsure of the correct abbreviation for legal journals or law reports, please use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations below.
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Legal Databases and Resources

You will find links to other key databases and e-journal collections covering your subject area, e.g. Scopus and ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection, through the Journal Articles tab.

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:

Want to know what BAILII is, where it came from and how to use it? Read these posts by Paul McGrath:  and

Using BAILII? You may want to read this blog post for insight into the open access/restrictions around the data contained within: 

Using HeinOnline? You may want to read this blog post for useful tips on working from home and using the resource effectively:

You may also find database and resource hints, tips and troubleshooting ideas within our Library Help FAQs.

Other UK, European and International Resources

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Legal Information Institutes


Additional Resources