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Books and journals

Welcome to your online guide to finding resources for law.


Textbooks and cases and materials books are a great place to start your research as they contain useful summaries. They also contain references to other resources that you can explore for more in-depth information when you have understood the basics. You can save time by using other people’s research as a starting point for your own.

E-book collections

You can access individual e-books via Yorsearch, but as part of the research process for your assignments and legal problems you may wish to search across e-book collections for relevant material. Here's a selection of e-book collections:

Legal skills titles


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Journals, also known as periodicals, are collections of articles published regularly. Unlike textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles often contain more up-to-date and in-depth content. They are a fantastic source of criticism and critique and will help you to evaluate the law. Some journals focus on just one legal subject, eg Public Law, whereas others cover a variety of legal topics.

Print law journals are shelved with the Law Collection (J) on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. 

Journal abbreviations

References to journal articles will often just contain the abbreviated title, for example, the Criminal Law Review would be C.L.R.

To search YorSearch you will need to enter the full-title, if you are unsure what this is you can use the following resources to look up the full journal title from an abbreviation:

Graphic novels

We have many Graphic novels available in our collection. Over the past few years we have been broadening the graphic novel collection in the hope that they will offer greater accessibility and a more inclusive environment to students with learning differences as well as those who would like to learn via a less traditional format. If you would like us to add other graphic novels to our collection, please fill in the purchase request form


Bibliographic databases, compiled by academic institutions and publisher, are systematic indexes to the content of journals, books and conference proceeding. Bibliographic databases are often dedicated to a specific subject discipline. In general they do not contain the full text of the publications referred to, but there may be a link to an online full text version if one is available and subscribed to by the University of York.

Social science resources

Dependent upon you topic you may wish to broaden the scope of your research by searching some of the multidisciplinary and general social science databases.