Law - Finding articles, books and more
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If you need to explore further reading, we suggest you continue to use Lexis and Westlaw but explore the links to in depth commentary within them.
- Westlaw has a range of full text articles and abstracts and authoritative up to date books. These include a useful resource called Getting the Deal Through which has details of law and regulation in 56 key practice areas across more than 150 jurisdictions. These can all supplement the primary sources. Additional sources are often linked to from within key cases or legislation that you identify.
- Once in a Westlaw case, look at the blue & white panel to the left of the screen for additional help.
- Lexis also has a guide covering cases, legislation,newspapers and international sources and a base for student help. Look out for the commentary section which includes Halsbury’s Laws of England, the major reference source on English law. Lexis provide some helpful online tutorials available from LexisNexis Training & Support and Help Topics.
- Once in a Lexis case, look for the red box in the top right corner of the document for additional help.
You can also explore the Law Journal Library of Heinonline, but in this database be sure you aware of the jurisdiction under discussion.
You can start to utilise author/title searches of the Discovery Service and Google Scholar for sources which you have identified from your reading lists and references in Lexis, Westlaw, and other sources.
Beware using Google Scholar or Google for cases or legislation.
Freely available cases on the internet are likely to be official transcripts with no indication as to the later treatment of the judgement so you could find yourself quoting a decision which has been overturned.
Similarly the free legislation on the internet is unlikely to be as up to the minute with amendments as the databases that lawyers and judges rely on in court.
You should look at doing focussed searches in Google for official sources and start expanding your background reading to include non-governmental reports on legal issues. This means that you can begin to look at how you identify material from the right jurisdiction and evaluate its worth in a legal assignment.