Subject Resources - Law


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Got A Question For The Law Librarian?

Contact Jane Shaw on 01782 733534 or email
if you would like some help.

Choose from the following to access our various online law collections:

Find A Law Report Or Statute (Westlaw, LexisLibrary)

Westlaw UK
Contains the full-text of The Law Reports from 1865, as well as legislation dating back to 1267. Use your Keele login to access the service.
Click here for guide on how to use.
The Library's Quick Guide to Westlaw can be found here.

Another paid-for source of case reports and UK legislation, but it also contains material relating to tax cases, consumer law, local government, and trading standards. Titles include the Butterworths Employment Law Handbook, Trading And Consumer Law, Halsbury's Laws and Local Government Reports.
The Quick Guide to LexisLibrary can be found here.


UK-based legal information service, tracks current developments in legislation and case law and provides handy digests. Login using your Keele username and password after selecting 'Keele University' from the drop down menu. Once you have logged in to LAWTEL, a range of user guides are available from the 'Help' section found on the top tool bar.

BAILII - British and Irish Legal Information Institute

Freely available British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material. 

Legal Journal Collections

HeinOnline is a journal database containing full-text international and US journals, over 400 titles, almost all of which date back to the first volume. To start searching, just click on the Login button.

If using this link from off-campus, click on the Login button, type in Keele University (in the Off Campus Access box) and you can then login using in your Keele username and password to access the service.

The Quick Guide to searching using HeinOnline can be found here.

EBSCO Academic Search Complete contains the full text of over 4500 journals covering almost every area of academic study.  You will need your Keele login to access the EBSCO databases from off-campus.

Jordan's Family Law Online - connect here to the Family Law Journal, Family Law Reports series and the Child and Family Law Quarterly, all published by Jordan Publishing. Use your Keele login to access this website. You can find the Quick Guide to Jordan's Family Law Online here.

Contains a few full text titles of use to politics and international relations research, many from the US.
USE THIS LINK for off-campus access to JSTOR.
A Quick Guide to using JSTOR is available here

Oxford Journals
A collection of more than 250 electronic journal titles from Oxford University Press. Full-text access from 1996 to the latest issue for all titles.

Sage Journals
A collection of over 600 full-text international peer-reviewed journals titles, dating back to 1999. You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access to Sage Journals. 
The Quick Guide to Sage Journals can be found here.

Leading scientific database providing access to journal articles and book chapters. Our ScienceDirect Quick Guide will help you to get started.

Comprehensive database providing access to journal articles and book chapters. 

Taylor & Francis Online
A collection of over 1500 journals from Taylor & Francis Online. Full-text access and backfile content from 1997 onwards for most titles.

Click here to access T&F off-campus (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).

Click here to access a range of interactive tutorials to help you find journal articles.

Westlaw UK has some full-text UK law journals and "abstracts" for many others, i.e. it will give you a reference but not the full text.), and LexisLibrary (which has different UK journal titles, covering areas such as consumer law, tax law and economics).
Quick Guides to using Westlaw and LexisLibrary are available.

Wiley Online Library
A collection of over 1400 journals from Wiley's Online Library. Full-text access and backfile content from 1997 onwards for most titles.

Click here to access Wiley off-campus (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).

Click here to access a range of interactive tutorials and user guides to help you find journal articles.

Find An Electronic Journal In Keele's Collection
Use this website to search for a journal, and where possible a paper from within a journal. Note: Some Westlaw and LexisNexis titles are not yet included in this index, and it is recommended you follow the links provided above and search the journal collections on these services individually.

Many more e-journal and online information services can be found using our A-Z list.



The following services provide full-text access to a large number of newspapers.

ProQuest European Newsstream (previously UK Newsstand)
Provides the searchable full-text of articles published in around 30 UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.
You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access.
View the Quick Guide to Using ProQuest European Newsstream.

Nexis UK
A news and business service which includes around 12,000 publications, including worldwide, national and local newspapers.
You will need to use your Keele username and password for both on-campus and off-campus access to Nexis UK.
View the Quick Guide to Using Nexis UK.

The Times Digital Archive
Search the complete digital edition of The Times from 1785-2006. The entire newspaper is captured with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.
You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access.
View the Quick Guide to Using The Times Digital Archive.

E-Book Collections

Use the services below to search and read the Library's current collection of e-books. They are also available through Library Search. Select "Electronic Resources" in your search criteria to limit it to e-books. Some legal texts are available from these e-book services; read the book in full online.

The Quick Guide to using Keele eBooks can be found here

The eBooks recommended for Law modules can also be accessed via the Online Reading Lists. Find the online Reading Lists for Law here


An expanding collection of ebooks purchased by the Library which includes some titles relating to Law.

You will need your Keele login for on and off-campus access.

EBSCO eBook Collection

Collection includes the whole of Pettet's Company Law, MacIntyre's Business Law, and Ashworth's Sentencing and Criminal Justice.


Includes titles on contract law, employment law, and international law.

UK And European Law Sources
Part of the UK's National Archives, providing access to legislation, statutory instruments, and command papers. This has replaced the old OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information) website.

EUR-Lex: the Portal to European Union Law

The whole body of European Community Law: All Treaties (with related Articles, Protocols, Annexes, and Declarations), International Agreements, Preparatory Documents, Parliamentary Questions, Secondary Legislation (Regulations, Decisions, Directives, Opinions, Statutes), and Case Law.

European Court of Justice
Free access to full text judgments since 1953.

European Court of Human Rights
Free access to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Use the "HUDOC" link to search for case reports.

BAILII - British and Irish Legal Information Institute
British and Irish primary legal materials available free.

The UK Government's information service.

The edited word-for-word report of proceedings in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Law Commission
Reports and consultation papers from the Law Commission.

Site maintained by the International Labor Organization (USA). Has references to over 55,000 national laws on labour, social security, and related human rights, and over 300 laws in full text.

Help For Law Students


Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Use this site to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States.

Learn about the "Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities".


Library Westlaw Quick Guide

Westlaw UK Student Guide


Library LexisLibrary Quick Guide

LexisLibrary Legal Information Quick Start Guide
From the company's website.


Lawtel Guide
All things related to this legal information service.

E-Book and E-Journal Basics

Find An Electronic Journal In Keele's Collection
Short YouTube video on how to search for an e-journal title.

Using Keele's eBooks
Short video on how to find eBooks

Reference Management

This is an online reference management software which can be used to import, manage and save references from your research, enabling easy creation of bibliographies. Find out more on our Refworks information pages. There is also a Quick Guide to using Refworks.

Other Useful Online Sources

Legal scholars may find some of the sites below useful or interesting. Links to other social science websites which may be of potential use can be found here:

Duhaime's Law Dictionary
Dictionary researched and provided free of charge by lawyer Lloyd Duhaime.

Global Legal Information Catalog 
Database of laws, regulations, and other complementary legal sources.

Google Scholar
The most famous web search engine can search for academic journals and literature too. A Quick Guide to searching using Google Scholar can be found here.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
A collection of nineteenth century Parliamentary papers.

An established legal information gateway of interest to legal scholars and practitioners alike.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database - Proquest
Contains summaries of over 174,000 U.S. and international publications. You will need your Keele log-in to access Proquest from off-campus.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
Contains over 1,850 articles by more than 1,500 of the world's leading economists. May be useful for business law students.
The Quick Guide to New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics can be found here.

NCJRS Virtual Library
NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1913
Searchable digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913.

Web of Science

This is a citation database (i.e. you will find journal references and NOT full text). It has a wide coverage though, and it is a useful tool to find references before you tackle the library's full-text journal services. Includes Social Science Citation Index, ISI Proceedings, Journal Citation Reports and
There is a Quick Guide to using Web of Science which you can find here.

Use this site to set up e-mail alerts to your inbox when new issues of journals are published. Zetoc will send you an e-mail containing the new issue’s table of contents.

Online Reading Lists for Law

View reading lists for Law modules online.

When viewing your list, select any resource to view more details, including links to ebooks, ejournals and websites and the availability of print copies in the Library. From here, you can access the library catalogue to view additional details, place a reservation or use other borrower services.

Sign-in with your Keele username and password if you wish to add personal study notes to your lists.