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 subject specific databases are tailored to legal research. They use precise terminology relating to the subject area, making searches more accurate, and include subject specific tools and features. Westlaw UK and Lexis+ are the two major legal research databases available. You will need to be familiar with using both, as each database has unique content and features.
Access to some resources may require a Newcastle University Campus ID & password.
This is not an exhaustive list. Use the UK, European and International Law sections of this guide for further specific legal research databases.
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:
You may also find database and resource hints, tips and troubleshooting ideas within our Library Help FAQs.
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