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Legal information

Finding cases

Example of a case citation:

Law case

Further details on how to cite legal resources can be found in the OSCOLA guide.

Finding cases

Cases can be searched separately from both Weslaw or Lexis. Select 'Cases' at the top of the screen then search by:

  • Party names eg Page v Smith
  • Citation eg 1996 AC 155
  • Keywords eg breach of contract

For further guidance, see our video guides:

Databases containing cases:

  • Lexis Library
    Case law, legislation, legal journals. Access to full-text of many UK newspapers. 

  • Westlaw
    Legislation, case law (including EU legislation and case law) and legal journals. 

There is duplication across these databases, but each contain unique content.  Remember to search them both.

Finding UK legislation

Example of a piece of legislation:

Human Rights Act 1998


Finding UK legislation

Whether using Weslaw or Lexis, choose Legislation at the top of the top of the screen then search by:

  • Name of Act eg human rights act

For further guidance, see our video guides:

Legal databases:

  • Lexis Library
    Case law, legislation, legal journals, and access to full-text of many UK newspapers.

  • Westlaw
    Legislation, case law (including EU legislation and case law) and legal journals. 

 

Finding legal journal articles

Example of law journal citation:

Law Journal

Finding journal articles

When you have a reference to an article and you wish to find the full text, search in either Weslaw or Lexis. Some content overlaps between the two databases, so if the full text cannot be found in one, remember to also search the other.

Select Journals at the top of the screen then search by:

  • Article title eg theory pure theory and values
Alternatively, if you do not have a reference and you wish to search for journal articles on your topic:
 
  • Enter your keywords eg gender pay gap

Search tips:

  • to search for an exact phrase, contain it in "" eg "social media"
  • link keywords together using and eg "social media" and freedom

Legal databases:

  • Lexis Library
    Case law, legislation, legal journals. Access to full-text of many UK newspapers.

  • Westlaw
    Legislation, case law (including EU legislation and case law) and legal journals. 

Multidisciplinary collections that include law journals:

  • SpringerLINK 
    Full-text articles from more than 2,500 journals including IIC- International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law and  China-EU Law Journal
  • Taylor & Francis Online 
    Access to over 1,100 social sciences and humanities journals including 55 law journals.
  • Wiley Online Library 
    Access to nearly 1,500 peer-reviewed journals including European Law Journal and Journal of Law and Society

Legal abbreviations

Cardiff index of legal abbreviations

Reading lists

Check Blackboard for online reading lists.

OSCOLA - for students studying Law

Students Studying Law modules should use OSCOLA referencing. 

Guides to OSCOLA:

  • Students should read the Law Division's short guide to OSCOLA first and use this as the definitive guide to law referencing at Abertay. 
  • The complete OSCOLA guide (4th edition) is also available.
  • There are instructions for referencing books, journals, websites, cases and legislation in the OSCOLA style in StudySkills@Abertay.