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Electronic Law Library

With LibrarySearch you can cross-search a broad range of library resources from a single interface.

However...

The specialist nature of legal databases means some key sources are not fully covered by LibrarySearch, so we recommend you search them directly for comprehensive legal research. The tables below show if specific law databases are covered in LibrarySearch.

For all case law and legislation searches you should definitely use the relevant databases below - more advice on case law and legislation. Guidance on article searching has been added to the finding legal articles guide.

Researching the Law guides

For help using the library and finding different types of legal resources see:

Legal databases at Kent

Major services

Access a wide variety of law reports, statutory material and secondary sources:

Service In LibrarySearch? Description
JustCite
Not in LibrarySearch

Legal reference search engine. A good starting point for discovering where legislation and cases can be found.


Justis Not in LibrarySearch Wide range of Law Reports including the International Law Reports, plus legislation as originally enacted. Click on Data Sources for full range of sources
Lexis®Library Not in LibrarySearch
(only LexisNexis Academic Law Reviews)
Wide range of UK case materials, consolidated legislation, journals, commentary (including Halsbury's Laws); also includes material from other jurisdictions. See the Sources tab for full list of subscribed sources.
Westlaw UK Not in LibrarySearch Wide range of UK case materials, consolidated legislation, journals, commentary. For material from other jurisdictions click Services from the top menu and then select Westlaw International. Select All Westlaw Databases from the directory menu on the left-hand side.

Specialist case series

Service In LibrarySearch? Description
ICLR Online Not in LibrarySearch Official series of law reports from the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR)

Subject specialist services

Subject based collections containing different types of data:

Service In LibrarySearch? Description
ENDS Report Not in LibrarySearch Subscription database on environmental matters giving environmental news and analysis
European Sources Online Not in LibrarySearch Information on the European Union, the countries of Europe and issues of concern to their citizens and stakeholders
Family Law Online Not in LibrarySearch Access to the UK’s leading publications on family law combined with access to the statutes, SIs, forms and precedents
GreenFILE Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Indexing and abstracting service from EBSCO on the human impact on the environment. Includes some full text material
Hague Academy Collected Courses Online Not in LibrarySearch The Recueil des cours, as they are commonly known, are an invaluable collection of all courses given at the Hague Academy of International Law since 1923
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Access to:
  • 18th century (1688-1834)
  • 19th century (1801-1900)
  • 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Journal covering maritime and commercial legal issues.To read full-text articles: click on the article you want. You will see a login box with the username and password already filled in. Add your Kent email address, accept the terms and conditions, and you can read the article.
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Comprehensive searchable full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises with content from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) Not in LibrarySearch This work represents a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law covering the central and essential topics in international law
Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO) Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Oxford Handbooks offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study, creating an original conception of the field and setting the agenda for new research
Oxford Historical Treaties (OHT) Not in LibrarySearch Historical treaty research including the full text of the Consolidated Treaty Series which is a collection of treaties of all nations from 1648-1919
Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law Not in LibrarySearch Full-text online editions of OUP reference works and treaties on international law
Public Information Online
(click Login through your Home Organisation (under Shibboleth, right column), type "Kent" in the search box and choose University of Kent, then login with your Kent IT account details)
Not in LibrarySearch Full-text, searchable source of all UK Parliamentary publications from the 2006/7 session onwards
State Papers Online (1509-1714) Not in LibrarySearch Access to all four parts:
  • Part I: The Tudors (Henry VIII to Elizabeth I), 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
  • Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders,Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
  • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
  • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
Transnational Dispute Management Not in LibrarySearch Commentary, legal and regulatory materials on transnationals economic, commercial and financial disputes
UN Treaty Collection Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General and those formerly deposited with the League of Nations
WorldTrade Law.net Not in LibrarySearch Summary and analysis of WTO reports, arbitrations and texts

Access to legal journals

Some of the indexes link directly to the full text. Use LibrarySearch (search by journal title) to see if the Library has online access to the full text. Decode article citation abbreviations with the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

Service In LibrarySearch? Description
Hein Online Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Searchable full text backruns of journals. Includes Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Not in LibrarySearch For articles on non-Anglo-American law and British and American publications concerning foreign law
Index to Legal Periodicals Partially in LibrarySearch - search now For articles on law from English language publications. Now only available via EBSCO - scroll down the list and tick Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (H.W. Wilson)
Journals Index on LexisLibrary Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Articles in legal journals published in UK and Europe
Westlaw: Legal Journals Index Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Comprehensive coverage of articles in legal journals published in UK and Europe, plus articles relating to laws of the EC and its Member States

Broadening your research

Use LibrarySearch (search by journal title) to see if the Library has online access to the full text. Decode article citation abbreviations with the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

Service In LibrarySearch? Description
Google Scholar (Kent link) Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Indexes academic articles, books, preprints, etc, from a wide range of sources and includes citation links
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Indexing and abstracting service from LSE. Core subjects: anthropology, economics, politics, sociology
Nexis Not in LibrarySearch Access to full text newspapers, journals and company information. Other newspaper sources can be found on our Resources pages.
SCOPUS Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources
Web of Science - Social Science Citation Index Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Access to journal articles in social science and humanities

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