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The Library: Law

Finding books

  • Access your Reading List in MyBeckett for Recommended and Essential Reading. 
  • Of most use to Law students is the LawTrove database, however the Library has thousands of eBooks that you can access from home.
  • You can also search and browse Discover
  • You can borrow books via the self service machines in the Library or by using Click & Collect.

Request a book purchase

Staff and students can request new books for the Library collection.

See the Request It! page to find out more.


Journals (also known as periodicals, serials or magazines) are published on a regular basis and cover a particular subject or profession. Because they are published frequently, they are an excellent source of up-to-date information. Each journal issue contains a number of articles, written by different authors, all of which will relate to the subject covered by the journal. Different types of journals are published, these include:

  • scholarly peer reviewed journals: journals read by, and commented on by other scholars in the same field
  • trade journals relating to specific professions or industries
  • popular and news magazines

Journals often contain more specialised information than books, so you will use them as your academic interests develop, and they are useful for reading about more niche or specific topics.

Journal databases

In addition to the journals content on the key legal database, see also these journal databases:

Key journals for law

Enter the title or subject of the online journal that you want using the link below:

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English Language legal publications.

If you have a legal abbreviation you can find the name of the publication to which the abbreviation commonly refers.

You can also discover how to abbreviate the name of a law publication to create a recognised legal citation. You will be given the preferred citation abbreviation (if one exists).

Finding Information

See the Finding Information which explains what searching techniques there are so that you can find the most relevant information for your needs. It also has tips on saving results and how to evaluate your sources.