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Law: Journal Articles

Why use journals?

Journal articles are usually:

  • first hand reports of original research, making them primary source material
  • the first place where new research is published, so they are at the cutting edge of your subject
  • peer-reviewed, meaning that the articles have been critically evaluated by experts in the field before publication.

Searching for journal articles on a legal topic?

To find articles published in law journals it is recommended that you use the individual law databases.

Please use:

As part of your law degree you will also be studying aspects of law in the commercial world.  Use the followng databases to search within business journals.  Follow the  button within each journal article record to find out whether the full text is available to you as a member of Aston University.

How to find a journal article from a reference

The citation for a journal article in a footnote usually looks something like this:

Author firstname and surname, | ‘title’ | (year) | volume | journal name / abbreviation | first page of the article

For example:
Andrezj Grabowski, 'The Missing Link in the Hart-Dworkin Debate' (2016) 36 3 OJLS 476

Use the preferred abbreviation for the journal title from the Cardiff Index of Legal Abbreviations

There are two main ways to find the full text of a journal article from a reference:

  • Type the article title into the Library SmartSearch (or your database of choice), and use  to access full text
  • Search for the journal title in the A-Z list of journals (link below)

Article not available at Aston University?

If the journal article you require is not available through Aston's subscriptions, you may be able to obtain it through open access means:

You may also be elibible to apply for an Inter Library Loan (ILL):

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Recent journal articles published in your subject area

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