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Law and History

Law and History

This page of the Law Subject Guide provides information about historical law resources.


Journal articles often provide useful commentary, comments and interpretations of primary source material. Some key journals are:

Electronic journal collections

Law Cases and Legislation



Government Publications

Historical government publications will provide you with information about the decisions of parliament and the sovereign from the period you are studying. They offer an account of major actions, political reasoning and records of events.

Print resources

The Library's print collection of historical Government Publications located in Compact Store 2 and is reference only. The print collection includes sessional papers, parliamentary debates, diaries, proceedings and periodicals, 1711-1894. For more information about the Library's Government Publications, see the Politics subject guide.

Online government publications


Key databases

Other historical databases

News and Reference


The Library has an extensive collection of newspapers dating back to the 16th Century. Newspapers are a useful primary source of historical information and will provide insight into the social, political and economic opinions of the period you are researching.

Reference material