From 2006/7, all House of Commons and House of Lords papers and bills as well as Command Papers and debates of standing committees are available from the Public Information Online database. For publications prior to this date use House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database or Official Documents and Official Documents Archive websites. Further details can be found on the Government Publications page. Access to Parliamentary papers (including reports produced by Select Committees) can also be found at the Parliament website, which also includes a wealth of information about Parliament, Parliamentary business and the progress of current and draft Bills before Parliament.
are listed on the library catalogue and many (not all) are kept in the Wills Memorial Library at classmark KF46. In addition Law Commission reports from 1996 onwards are available online on the Law Commission website.
Print versions of statutes and statutory instruments as enacted can be found in the Wills Memorial Library at classmark KF21-22 and statutes as amended at KF23.H1.
Free online versions of statutes and statutory instruments are available from a number of sources including legislation.gov.uk and BAILII. For up-to-date information on the current (or amended) status of legislation always consult one of the subscription databases, Westlaw or Lexis Library.
Exam papers for recent years are held in print in the Wills Memorial Library Law Reference Collection.
They are also available online on Blackboard via Law Student Information > Assessment > Past exam papers . Some individual unit pages may also contain past papers, together with feedback on previous years' assessment.
PhD theses relating to law are kept in the Computer Room in the Wills Memorial Library. Please consult staff at the Information Desk if you would like to use one. Note that use of theses is confined to the library.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain items which are not held in print in any of the University's libraries, or available online. There is a charge for this service, though it may be possible to obtain a voucher to pay for this.
Inter-Library Loans should be ordered online via the Library catalogue. All students should obtain permission from their supervisor, and from the Subject Librarian for Law before doing so. A charge will be added to your library account. A voucher to offset the charge may be obtained from the Post-Graduate Office in School of Law. Undergraduates and taught post-graduates must take signed copies of this form (Word, 14 KB) as authorisation of their entitlement to a voucher.
Bibliographic databases index articles from a large number of journals and are useful to search when looking for articles on a particular topic. Catalogues list books and other material held in selected libraries. Many databases can be accessed through our resource gateway, including this list of Law databases.
Westlaw UK includes current UK and EC legislation, and a selection of full text law report series. It is also the most comprehensive source for journal articles on legal topics. The service offers a comprehensive Help section, search tips, and information on connectors. It also has
Lexis Library includes current UK legislation, and a selection of full text law report series. The service offers a comprehensive Help section including search tips, and also
HeinOnline offers many full text journals, and a range of other resources including e-books in the Legal Classics section, World Constitutions, a Treaties and Agreements Library, the US Code, and
This page contains a brief selection of Internet resources which may be useful for legal reference and research. Many are freely available online.
The Law Society Directory is available at Ref K151 LAW in the Wills Library. Other directories are available online:
Gateways are collections of links to quality resources, covering specific areas of law, organisations and other jurisdictions.
As well as Westlaw and LexisLibrary which both include legislation as amended, and the print sources available in the library, other websites and databases which cover legislative material for the UK include:
Westlaw and LexisLibrary both contain full text of the Official (ICLR) Law Reports. Westlaw also includes WLR, CMLR, FSR, RPC, and English Reports. A full list can be found in the Browse section under the Cases tab. LexisLibrary includes All ER, EG, Fam. LR, and IRLR. A full list can be found in the Browse section under the Cases tab. Other online websites for case law include:
It is important to cite work referred to or quoted from in your essays, to avoid plagiarism.
Abbreviations can be an issue for law students - ensure you are using the correct abbreviation for journals and law reports by checking online with Cardiff Index of Legal Abbreviations or in print with Raistrick's Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations which can be found in the Wills Library reference section at K112
The University Library also provides general guidance on citing references.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 9 September 2014 by the University Library
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