Law resources

Your Liaison Librarian: Jane Shaw      email:     tel: +44 (0)1782 733534

To search for all your online and print resources with Library Search, just enter a title, author or keywords.

Academic Search complete - EBSCO
Contains the full text of over 4500 journals covering almost every area of academic study.

BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute)
Access to freely available British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material. A Quick Guide to BAILII compiled by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is available.

Provides full-text access to the archive of many important journals, including several key US titles for Law. JSTOR also provides access to a small collection of ebooks and archive material.

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.

Cross-search a variety of databases including the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), Criminology Collection, and Social Science Collection

UK Parliamentary Papers - ProQuest
Parliamentary Papers are the key source for UK official publishing. These include goverment papers, public inquiries and annual reports presented to Parliament (Command Papers), House of Commons Papers and Hansard reports of parliamentary debates.

Web of Science - Clarivate
This is a multidisciplinary citation database covering arts and humanities, social sciences and science. It offers access to research tools like citation reports and cited reference searching, and personalised features such as saved searches and alerts.

Another multidisciplinary database useful for research. You can also set up e-mail alerts when new issues of journals are published. Zetoc will send you an e-mail containing the new issue’s table of contents.

European Newsstream - ProQuest
Provides the searchable full-text of articles published in around 30 UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.

A news and business service which includes around 12,000 publications, including worldwide, national and local newspapers.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2013
Search the complete digital edition of The Times from 1785-2011. The entire newspaper is captured with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.

You can view many of your reading lists for Law modules online.

Online reading lists provide you with quick, easy access to the full-text of any online resources (like e-journal articles or ebooks) listed on your reading list. They also show the availability of print books in the Library.

You can log-in using your Keele username and password to add personal study notes or indicate reading intentions.

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.

CURIA: Court of Justice of the European Union
Free access to full text judgments since 1953.

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 Human Rights
Free access to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Use the "HUDOC" link to search for case reports.
The UK Government's information service.

Law Commission
Reports and consultation papers from the Law Commission.
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.

Access the full text 4th edition "Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities". This tutorial from Cardiff University will give you some help Citing the Law: Referencing Using OSCOLA
There's also a very useful set of Frequently Asked Questions to give suggestions for various secondary sources.

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


Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National is a TV and radio recording service and is freely available to all staff and students at Keele. Record and catch-up on programmes from 60+ TV and radio channels that have been broadcast in the last 30 days. You will need your Keele username and password to sign-in.

Google Scholar
The most famous web search engine can search for academic journals and literature too. In Google Scholar’s settings you can also customise your results to quickly see which of them you have full-text access to through Keele Library. To get this working, before you perform your search click on Settings and type 'keele' into the Library Links search box. Tick the Keele University – view online @Keele box, click on Save Preferences and you're ready to go. When you've typed in your search, any results with ‘view-online@Keele' link next to the title provide a direct link through to the article.

Library Hub Discover
Library Hub Discover replaces Copac and SUNCAT. This catalogue gives you access to details of materials held in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries.

The British Library ETHOS project provides electronic access to research theses from many UK universities.

Keele Research Repository
A digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by Keele University staff.

NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)
Details of theses and dissertations from universities in the United States and worldwide.

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The Liaison Librarian for Law is Jane Shaw. If you’d like more in-depth help on using resources, want advice on how to search effectively, or want to further develop your information or digital literacy skills you can contact Jane and ask for an appointment:

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