eGuide: Law information sources

Last updated: November 2018

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 eGuide.

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:


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:

  • 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:


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.



For information on searching for websites, see 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:


Help within Cambridge

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

There are also a number of resources you can use:


Additional resources

Help With Electronic Resources

Jenny Blackhurst
t: +44 (0) 1223 338970