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Databases are excellent sources of good quality information. These are the most useful databases of English law:

  • BAILII: Freely available British and Irish public legal information.
  • HeinOnline: Is a legal database providing a substantial collection of US and international legal research materials in an online, fully searchable and image-based format. This means that all of the images of the documents in PDF format are just as they appear in the original print.
  • i-law.com: Access to 27 titles including International Construction Law Review and Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.  *Requires additional authentication to access.  Input your QMUL email address to authenticate.*
  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books: Provides access to journal articles, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Full text is available for over 400 journals.
  • Investor-State LawGuide: Enables a methodical approach when researching investment treaty arbitration jurisprudence and provides an efficient means to improve the comprehensiveness of research.
  • JustisOneIncludes international law reports, UK Core (which includes Justis UK Legislation Complete and Justis England & Wales Judgements Complete), Canada Core and Caribbean Core.
  • Kluwer Arbitration: Provides access to the full text of primary and secondary materials in the field of international commercial arbitration.
  • The Lawyer: a key magazine for the legal profession, covering a wide range of practice areas, careers information, job opportunities and more.  In order to access the premium content paid for by QMUL, users will need to create a registered user account.  Details of how to do this can be found here: The Lawyer FAQ access [PDF 300KB]
  • Lexis: Full-text law database covering thousands of reported and unreported cases from the following jurisdictions: England & Wales, 1900-; Scotland, 1944-; Northern Ireland, 1945-; European Court of Justice, all cases. Also includes the full text of all in-force UK and EU legislation, and the full text of 50 UK law journals, over 700 US law journals, 25 Canadian law journals and 12 Australian law journals.
  • Mass Observation Online: Makes available the complete archives of the pioneering social research organisation Mass Observation. There are original manuscript and typescript papers, published reports and photographs, and interactive features.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary: Features 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1000 years of English.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online - Law: Full-text access to Oxford University Press scholarship in law and other disciplines.
  • Practical Law: Allows you to browse key resources and view the latest legal updates in a wide range of practice areas. For best user experience, make sure you’re signed in: click on 'Sign in' and then select 'Access through academic institution'.  Next select QMUL from the drop-down list. This will take you through to the QMUL ITS login screen. Sign in using your QMUL ITS login details.
  • Westlaw: Full-text database of UK, EU and US legal materials. New Platform.  Westlaw content via a new look, more user-friendly, more personalised platform.  For best user experience, make sure you’re signed in: click on 'Sign in' and then select 'Access through academic institution'.  Next select QMUL from the drop-down list. This will take you through to the QMUL ITS login screen. You only need your QMUL ITS login details. Access the new Westlaw UK introductory video here and the new Westlaw UK help files here (sign-in required off campus)

Other useful databases:

  • Box of Broadcasts (BOB): Innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. Choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what you are watching with others and search a growing archive of material. Discover more about BoB National features by viewing their Videoeo Tutorials.
  • Business Source Complete: Full text coverage for more than 1800 peer-reviewed business and economics journals. In addition, this database offers indexing and abstracts for many more journals, plus 17,000 detailed profiles of the world's largest companies.
  • JSTOR: Provides access to the full text of some core journals for law.
  • Gale Primary Sources is a humanities and social sciences digital primary sources archive that allows you to use a single cross- search interface to access 500 years of world history in multiple collections. For tutorials and training, please click here.
  • Nexis UK: Provides access to regional, national and global newspapers, worldwide financial and company information, market research data, and country information, including the BBC monitoring service. Video Tutorials
  • Open Book Publishers is a UK HSS publisher which enables you to access an openly available list of Open Educational Resources (OER) which includes books and textbooks for free. 
  • Oxford Reference: An online resource that brings together two million digitized entries from OUP's Dictionaries, Companions andEncyclopedias.Good for checking a fact or finding key information on a person, concept or term.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Search for dissertations and theses from across the world. [Senate House Library]
  • SAGE Research MethodsA database dedicated to research methods across a range of subject areas. SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process, from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up results and thinking about publication.
  • Scopus: A multidisciplinary database containing the citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed literature. This database lists the number of times a work has been cited in other works and provides direct links to the abstracts of citing works. Access to full-text subscription content where available at Queen Mary Library via the "library - check full text" button. Video Tutorial
  • Statista: Provides statistical data from a wide range of international sources on populations, industries, economics, media, public opinion, companies, politics, lifestyles, and many other topics. Video Tutorial
  • Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 which includes the Sunday edition - allows you to search historical data on any number of topics, and offers insight into domestic and international affairs and culture over a timespan of almost 150 years.  For tutorials and training, please click here.
  • The Times Digital Archive: 1785-2012 (and rolling) provides access to a library of back issues of the newspaper online plus searchable images from the microfilm collection of The Times.
  • The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive: 1902-2014 offers insight, criticism, and commentary on literature and the arts from over a century.
  • Web of Science: A multidisciplinary database containing the citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed literature. This database lists the number of times a work has been cited in other works and provides direct links to the abstracts of citing works. Access to full-text subscription content where available at Queen Mary Library via the "library - check full text" button. Video Tutorial

The databases listed above are only a small part of the database collection at Queen Mary Libraries.  You can find the full list of databases available at Queen Mary via the Library's A-Z List of Electronic Journals and Databases.  If the topic you are studying crosses a number of different subject areas, you may find it helpful to check the other Library Subject Guide pages for useful resources, contacts and information.

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