Electronic Law Library

Scopus Trial

Why choose Scopus - thumbnail | Elsevier

Throughout July we have a trial to Scopus, the World’s largest curated abstract and citation database.

Scopus is excellent for literature reviews or seeing what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, books chapters and more for any subject.  It has advanced tools to visualise your search results, showing how trends have changed over time. There are many other ways researchers use it too, such as assessing the research performance of a person, journal or university.

Access Scopus on-campus at The trial runs throughout July 2019 and is scheduled to stop at the end of the month.

These videos show what you can do with Scopus

What do you think?
Please let us know what you think about Scopus (good or bad) here. Your views will inform our decision making beyond the Summer.


These e-resources can be accessed 24/7.

We have a significant amount of e-books, including essential texts available in the Westlaw and LexisNexis Databases

Key Collections

  • LexisNexis is a full-text database containing case law and legislation from the UK, EU, US and some other jurisdictions. Also contains a wide range of local and national UK newspapers. Lexis has a very wide range of UK law reports, and a collection of full text law journals. It also has a large number of full text US Law Reviews.
  • Web of Science – Social Sciences Citation Index is a resources that indexes journals covering all social science disciplines including anthropology, business and management, economics and finance, education, geography, government and politics, law, psychology, sociology, and social policy.
  • Westlaw is a very large database of legal materials from the United Kingdom, European Union, United States and other common law jurisdictions. It contains full-text case law and legislation, full-text journal articles from a limited number of UK law journals, plus some international materials. Multiple UK and EU databases can be searched from the home page or individual databases selected from the content links.
    Westlaw have appointed a student representative, for help with training, they will be available throughout the academic year.You can find Jade Sanderson’s information about her Westlaw clinics under the Westlaw rep tab.

Specialist Resources

  • Chitty on Contracts covers contracts for every commercial situation including consumer contracts. It offers t interpretation of the legal position, analysis of all the relevant legislation and gives commentary on the relevant case law.
  • Family Law Reports contains verbatim case reports of every important Family Division, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and European courts case, and also includes practice directions, covering the whole range of family law, public and private child law. Each case report includes a concise headnote which provides a summary of the case, the issues involved and the points of law raised.
  • International Law in Domestic Courts covers international law as applied in the domestic courts of around 70 jurisdictions. The geographical scope is intended to be as broad as possible; ILDC currently reports on countries from every continent in the world. Relevant cases from 2000 to the present for each jurisdiction are included but occasionally ILDC reports on much earlier cases if they are very important for the development of international law jurisprudence in a particular jurisdiction.
  • Law Trove contains more than 200 law textbooks that have been published by Oxford University Press, one of the leading publishers of legal educational materials. Getting started booklet.
  • XpertHR offers more than 24,000 articles, along with an employment law reference manual. It also includes material from Lexis Nexis and Butterworth’s. Journals covered include: IRS Employment Trends, Industrial Relations, Legal Information Bulletin and Pay and Benefit Bulletin. It will be of use to students studying employment law.


Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection.  Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
  • Guardian and Observer Digital Archive contains every issue of The Guardian from 1821 to 2003 and of The Observer between 1791 and 2003. You can search by keyword or by keyword and date; each story is an exact reproduction of the original.
  • Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
  • Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

Useful Websites

  • Lawbore, City University’s legal gateway for students, has excellent subject summaries with links to relevant resources.

Courts and Legal System

  • Curia is the website for the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • EUR-Lex provides free access to European Union law and other documents considered to be public.The contents of the site amount to some 2 815 000 documents with texts dating back to 1951.
  • Justice contains resources for legal professionals from the Ministry of Justice..
  • Law Commission The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.
  • The Magistrates’ Association site has valuable information about the appointment of magistrates and the role of the magistrates’ court.

Legal Profession and Careers

  • The Bar Council has a useful education and training site for the legal profession in England and Wales.
  • Law Careers.Net is a useful site for those looking for training contracts with law firms, pupillages and news of the legal profession.
  • The Law Society has a legal education internet site with information about the process of training as a solicitor.
  • The Lawyer is the online version of the weekly newspaper.
  • Venables Legal Resources by Delia Venables is a very useful source of information about legal advice available via electronic sources.
  • The Public Law Project is an independent legal charity which aims to help provide wider access to legal advice.


Westlaw Student Rep

Rebecca Wood is the Westlaw student rep and can help you with searching Westlaw. You can contact her by emailing her at