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United Kingdom: Secondary Sources

A research guide to legal sources in the UK.

United Kingdom Secondary Sources

This information tutorial will provide a brief overview of ways to search for secondary source materials on UK law. Although secondary sources comprise a wide variety of materials, we will focus here on journal articles and books using the print collection, WestlawNext, and HeinOnline. Note that Westlaw access is for students and faculty only, and that HeinOnline can be accessed via the Law Library's Online Resources page. 

The library has a fair amount of secondary legal sources about law in the United Kingdom. You can do a keyword search on the library catalog for the jurisdiciton and the area of law you are research, such as:

scotland and criminal law

to find, in this example, any books that we have about criminal law in Scotland. 

Besides court and legislative resources, Westlaw also has some useful secondary resources from the UK, including a couple of treatises on legal procedure in the UK, and a few law journals published in the UK. Lexis has a wider range of UK law journals than Westlaw, including several about specific legal topics in the UK (for example, The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics).