Law - Introduction

Reading Lists

Your Lecturer is the person who can best recommend the essential reading for your unit. Your reading lists will give you your key textbooks and articles. If you are confused by the language and abbreviations take a look at  Getting Started with Law which is designed to help.

It is important that you discover how to find and use the primary law sources as soon as possible. The best sources for these are LexisLibrary and Westlaw each offer access to primary law sources as cases and legislation updated on a daily basis with an enormous amount of additional commentary around them. It is worthwhile investing time in getting comfortable with searching for key cases and legislation before looking at the wider range of resources available within the systems.

Primary Law

Both Westlaw and LexisLibrary provide online help and you can find tutorials on the key features at:-

  • Westlaw cases and legislation
  • LexisLibrary cases and legislation watch the videos linked to here for an overview of the key features
  • You might also need to look at older law reports (The English Reports) in Heinonline

You can also look at using the Discovery Service on the Library website to find additional/alternative textbooks.

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Want to widen your reading? Look at Finding articles and books

Doing independent research? Look at our recommended Sources

If you are now feeling confident using one particular database why not take one of the certificates for either LexisLibrary or Westlaw

For current awareness of legal issues we would recommend reading the law sections of the UK broadsheet newspapers all of which you can access free of charge within LexisLibrary under the News tab. It is also well worth checking out the Insights section of Westlaw.

Book Locations

commercial law - 346.4107
contract law - 346.4102
employment law - 344.4101
English legal system - 347.41
EU law - 341.242
EU legal system - 340.0917124
landlord & tenant law - 346.410434
tort law - 346.4103

 

Your Subject Team

Linda Jones

(Faculty Librarian)

Email: linda.jones@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3240

Sharon Bittner

(Assistant Faculty Librarian)

Email: sharon.bittner@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3234