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Databases for Law

Use the databases below to:

  • find references to journal articles
  • keep up to date with the latest publications in your subject

Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access. These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University but because of licensing restrictions they are not available to external members and visitors.

You can also access databases through Electronic Resources - MetaLib

Database guides are available to help you.

If you experience any problems accessing any of the databases below or require any assistance with any of these databases please contact the Law Library.

Law Library Contact Details

Phone:   029 2087 4971

Email:    lawliby@cardiff.ac.uk


Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (via Lexis®Library)

Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (via Lexis®Library)
The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (EFP), which is held on Lexis®Library, is a database of electronic forms and precedents that is of use to practising solicitors and barristers.

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The English Reports

Pre-1865 law reports.

There are four ways to access the English Reports.

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European Sources Online

European Sources Online
Previously called KnowEurope. ESO is an index to information sources about Europe, focusing on the European Union and other pan-European organisations, the countries of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders.

ESO provides full text access to publications, documents and web sites from the EU and other international organisations, national governments, thinktanks and stakeholder organisations. In addition, it includes full text articles from news sources, and bibliographic references to key academic textbooks and periodical articles. Information guides provide additional help in finding out about the policies and institutions of the European Union and European countries.

The ESO editorial team is headed by Ian Thomson, Manager of the European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University. 

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Family Law Online

Family Law Online
The full text of family law journals, law reports and professional texts published by Jordans including Family Law Reports; Family Law Journal; Child and Family Law Quarterly; International Family Law; Family Court Practice; Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law and Practice; Duckworth’s Matrimonial Property and Finance; Family Law Precedents Service and Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts.

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Halsbury's Laws (via Lexis®Library)

Halsbury's Laws (via Lexis®Library)
Contains the text of the main volumes, the Cumulative Supplement and the latest Noter-up issue of Halsbury's Laws of England.

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HeinOnline

HeinOnline
Provides full text journal articles from over 1,000 law and law related journals (including UK and US law journals), the English Reports (cases decided in England and Wales from 1220 to 1865) and the Statutes of the Realm (legislation passed at Westminster between 1235 and 1713).

Alternatively, access is available from the HeinOnline Welcome page using the HeinOnline username and password (Cardiff University users only).

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ICLR Online

ICLR Online
The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting’s ICLR Online database contains all the case reports published by the ICLR since 1865 including, The Law Reports, Weekly Law Reports, Industrial Case Reports, Business Law Reports, and Public and Third Sector Law Reports. All ICLR’s case reports can also be accessed via Westlaw UK and LexisLibrary.

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i-law.com

i-law.com
i-law.com provides electronic access to the full text of ebooks, law reports and journals published by Informa including, the i-law Maritime & Commercial database (which provides a range of ebooks and periodicals including Lloyd’s Law Reports and Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly); Lloyd's Law Reports: Insurance and Reinsurance; Lloyds Reinsurance Law Reports and the Medical Law Reports.

Use the relevant username and password found on the electronic journal passwords page (Cardiff users only) page (along with your Cardiff University email address) to access the i-law Maritime & Commercial database or one of the other Informa titles.

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Lawtel

Lawtel
Lawtel provides summaries of case law and links to statutes, bills and command papers, personal injury quantum (including Kemp and Kemp Quantum Reports) and the Judicial Studies Board guidelines on general damages in personal injury cases. Lawtel is updated daily.

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Lexis®Library

Please Note: To carry out a search of newspaper articles you should use the Nexis database.

Lexis®Library
Provides full text law reports, legislation and journal articles from the UK, the European Union and the United States, in addition to the full text of Halsbury's Laws, the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Atkin's Court Forms and some practitioner-focused personal injury and property law texts.

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LexisPSL

LexisPSL 
Structured by practice area LexisPSL provides practice notes, primary law, precedents, forms, commentary as well as links to relevant materials on LexisLibrary.   

We have access to the following Practice Areas:
Banking & Finance, Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Competition, Construction, Corporate, Corporate Crime, Crime, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Environment, Family, Financial Services, Immigration, In-House Advisor, In-house Essentials, IP & IT, Local Government, Pensions, Personal Injury, Practice Compliance, Private Client, Property, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax, Wills and Probate.

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Nexis

Nexis UK
From the first page, click to accept the Terms and Conditions to proceed to the database.

A comprehensive newspaper database, updated daily, providing full text access to all UK national newspapers, plus regional newspapers, international news providers (including The International Herald Tribune, The New Yorker, USA Today, India Today and the Japan Times) and a number of trade journals and magazines. Most titles have a twenty year archive. UK newspaper titles include:

  • Financial Times
  • Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday
  • Independent / Independent on Sunday
  • Guardian / Observer
  • Daily Telegraph / Sunday Telegraph
  • Daily Mirror / Sunday Mirror
  • London Evening Standard
  • The Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday

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United Nations Treaty Collection

United Nations Treaty Collection
The United Nations Treaty Collection is the official database of the United Nations and includes:

  • The full text of over 150,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties
  • The status of over 500 major multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • The League of Nations Treaty Series (1920-1944)

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Westlaw UK

Westlaw UK
Full text law reports and legislation from UK, Europe and the United States along with many full text journals.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

  • provides access to Bills, Command Papers and House of Commons Papers printed between 1801 and the 2003/04 session.
  • includes The Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers Collection from BOPCRIS which features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834, including sessional papers and other material such as Journals and Private Acts.
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