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Law - Recommended Sources

Not finding what you need?

As you launch into independent research you will be expected to find more of your resources for yourself.  You may find yourself researching in a field you are not familiar with or comparing law across jurisdictions. This is where your experience of the key databases really pays dividends but there are more resources to discover.

Different Jurisdictions - if it is the geographical scope of your subject that is widening:

If you are looking for primary sources of law check:

Use the Discovery Service to reveal significant pockets of law in other databases via the Content Provider limiter and Additional Resources area.

You can also exploit national versions of Google and Google Scholar to identify reports and research in other jurisdictions.

Researching your subject in more depth

 If you want to look at a specific subject in more depth, it is time to revisit  the commentary section and  Halsbury’s Laws of England in Lexis and the books available in Westlaw. You should also consider using Oxford Scholarship online, a collection of 900+ scholarly legal texts. Also try the Law section of Elgar Research Reviews. Check the Discovery Service for weightier books and e-books on single legal issues.

Additional Sources

There are a wide range of resources available to law students beyond the obvious journals, databases, and websites. Here we list a selection you might find useful.

Specialist e-resources

We also have some specialist e-book collections which you will find useful:-

An authoritative summary of the seminal works that have established a field of research. World renowned experts research and select the most important readings. They provide a detailed essay outlining the evolution of the discipline. Elgaronline takes this content and makes it fully searchable with smart linking to locate resources in your library, on publisher platforms, repositories, open web, Google Book

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This contains a number of handbooks which provide articles on a topics across the whole legal spectrum.

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This collection contains hundreds of e-books searchable by author, title or subject. 

Official Sources

Will publish current government policy, reports and research while older material is curated by the National Archive. In case of difficulty, please contact Mystery Beck. Interested in impartial research briefings? Take a look here

Did you know both Houses of Parliament have their own library? Try looking at what is freely available from the House of Commons and House of Lords. For a more sophisticated search of research briefings, plus other parliamentary material, try here or put search into Google like this: site:parliament.uk "briefing paper" "local authorities" and take control of your sources rather than be led by a search engine.

non-ministerial body responsible for criminal prosecutions.

ministerial department responsible for immigration, security, and law and order.

a Parliamentary Select Committee with remit to consider human rights issues in the UK.

ministerial department responsible for areas of constitutional policy, human rights law and information rights law.

The supreme legislative body for the UK, British Crown Dependiencies, and British Overseas Territories.

Did you know both Houses of Parliament have their own library? Try looking at what is freely available from the House of Commons and House of Lords. For a more sophisticated search of research briefings, plus other parliamentary material, try here or put search into Google like this: site:parliament.uk "briefing paper" "local authorities" and take control of your sources rather than be led by a search engine.

Law Reform Reports

An independent body established by Parliament to keep UK law under review, and make recommendations.

If you require older material or archived versions of documents they may be available from the National Archive. In case of difficulty please contact the subject librarian for Law & Criminology.

briefings giving background information on current business of the House and matters of concern.

N.B. Both the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries produce Research Papers and Standard Notes which are worth exploring.

Theses and Dissertations

A database of digitised UK doctoral theses offering free online access to theses of participating Higher Education institutions.

• School of Law - Exemplars are mounted within Moodle  (in Library only) not in Discovery 

Examplars of previous dissertations from the School of Law are mounted within Moodle.

Audio Visual Resources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

Off-air broadcasts and in-house video material curated by the the University for teaching puposes.

Your Subject Team

Mystery Beck

Faculty Librarian Law & Criminology

Email: Mystery.Beck@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3240

Sharon Bittner

Assistant Faculty Librarian

Email: sharon.bittner@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3234