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INTO - How to research legal topics: Databases

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Library Search is great for introductory research and for finding secondary sources such as books and journal articles.

To find primary legal sources such as case law and legislation, you also need to use specialist legal research databases. 

Legal research has been transformed by the availability of these sophisticated online search databases.  Not only can you quickly and easily access the full text of key cases, journals, legislation etc. but you can also explore the law in context by viewing a case, commentary and related legislation, all at a click of a button.

A wide range of different legal databases and non law databases are available to you and you can use the Databases A-Z list to access all these resources.  Use the A-Z databases demonstration and/or tutorial to find out more.

One of the key multidisciplinary legal databases is Westlaw UK


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