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Finding Resources

As a Law student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


Books can be a great place to start your reading around a topic.

Law books are located in the J section on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

eBook collections

Journals & databases

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by searching the journal title. See an example journal below:

If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can browse journals in your subject area on Browzine. Journals are organised by field of research, such as:

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:


To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Key Law databases

Social Science resources

Westlaw and Lexis tutorials

The Library has produced a Guide to Legal Research to introduce and explain the different sources used in legal research.

For more information about law resources, see the Cases and Legislation page.

Legal terminology and glossaries

Lexis+, Westlaw and Practical Law training