Legal abbreviations are used throughout the scholarly and practitioner legal literature.
Many databases will allow you to use the abbreviation when searching.
However sometimes you need to know what the abbreviation stands for in order to locate an item - for example when searching for a journal title via Library Search
You will become familiar with the use of legal abbreviations over time. Below are some common law report and legal journal examples.
Law Reports Abbreviation Examples
AC Appeal Cases
All E.R All England law reports
Env.L.R. Environmental law reports
Journal Title Abbreviation Examples
AJIL American Journal of International Law
ICLQ International & Comparative Law Quarterly
IHRR International Human Rights Reports
If you come across any abbreviations that you are unsure of from your database searching or from bibliographies or reference lists, then you can quickly check them out in the Index.
You can search by abbreviation to find the title. You can also do the reverse and search by publication to find the standard abbreviation used for that title.