eGuide: Law information sources

Last updated: July 2019

Searching for resources

There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:

  • Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
  • iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our iDiscover: eGuide for further information.

You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. Your subject-specific library is the Squire Law Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.

 

Subject-specific resources

You can access a number of invaluable law databases and websites. For many of the databases, you will need a password. See Legal databases (Squire Law Library) for information on password and access restrictions. To start your search use the following list of resources:

The Squire Law Library’s list of electronic resources

The Law Faculty’s list of legal resources

The University Library’s list of databases and select Law from the drop-down list

 

Electronic journals

For information on searching general databases and journals see Beyond books: finding articles and journals. To find links to specific journals and see a full list of the resources available see the eresources & ejournals LibGuide.

Many of the major law journals are available electronically as searchable databases:

Justis.com For access to titles such as Family lawHuman rightsLaw reportsLaw reports digestThe English reportsTimes law reportsWeekly law reports

HeinOnline For access to English reports and various American legal publications

LexisNexis Butterworths For access to the All England law reportsButterworths human rights cases and others

WestLaw For access to US legal databases and journals such as Criminal law reviewCompany lawyerEuropean law reviewJournal of business law, and Planning & environmental law bulletin

Journals which are freely available over the web include:

Law Society Gazette The official magazine of The Law Society

thelawyer.com

Web journal of current legal issues

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Legal Source 

 

Finding ebooks

You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand what an ebook is, and what ebooks are available – read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.

 

Other websites

For information on searching for websites, see eGuides: Effective internet searching. An excellent introduction to using the web is available from the Virtual Training Suite at Virtual Training Suite.

One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the internet is to use one of the many subject-related hubs or gateways:

British and Irish Legal Information Institute

CURIA The Court of Justice of the European Union

Eagle-i internet portal for law From the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

EUR-Lex The portal to European Union law and new.eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html?locale=en

Lawbore From City University Law School

Lawlinks From the University of Kent

Legal resources in the UK and Ireland Maintained by Delia Venables

Squire Law Library’s lists of links for:

UK Law

EU law

International law

Foreign law

World Legal Information Institute

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies via the catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services

Flag Foreign Law Guide Project (from the IALS)

Lexis Library

 

Help within College

Library staff can provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question via library@girton.cam.ac.uk. The Colleges’ Bye-Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.

 

Help within Cambridge

University of Cambridge training programmes

LibGuides

eresources and ejournals

Cambridge University Skills Portal

Transkills for Law

Help With Electronic Resources

Jenny Blackhurst
Librarian
library@girton.cam.ac.uk
t: +44 (0) 1223 338970