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Law: Legal Databases



Key Legal Databases

             HeinOnline logo                                                                                     William S. Hein & Co. provide the largest collection of image (.pdf) based collection of law and law-related materials, including their Law Journal Library containing over 1,2000 law journals. HeinOnline also provides access to the English Reports, the reprinted collection of the Nominate Reports, dating from 1220-1867.






Key online legal research database for UK caselaw, legislation, commentary & some journal articles materials.The only place to find sources such as Halsbury's Laws of England, ICLR Law Reports, Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, All England Law Reports, Atkin's Court Forms and more.

Westlaw Edge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Westlaw UK gives you access to  case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials. Westlaw UK is the only service that consolidates all primary and secondary legislation for the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Lawtel UK provides over 40,000 case reports in a 25 year archive.  Publishes 100's of unreported decisions exclusively the day after judgement.  Use Lawtel to find full text case information on very recent cases.  Access is via the Westlaw platform, scroll down to the More Resources section on the Westlaw homepage and you will see a link to Lawtel content in the list.
    Practical Law is an online legal know-how service which provides practice area overviews, practice notes, standard documents and current awareness services for lawyers. 

If you would like to find out more about the databases and how to use them, please view the Legal Databases tab for help guides and screen tutorials

Legal Research Databases



The tutorial below is a 1 hour long webinar.  There is a pdf User's Guide available in the Help drop-down menu.

Training and Certification

Lexis Library Training TutorialsA series of online training videos is available on the Lexis Library You Tube channel.  Alternatively, login to Lexis Library and click on 'Help' and 'Tutorials'.

Lexis Library Research Certification - Two online tests are available: Basic and Advanced.  Each test comprises 15 questions.  Successful completion results in the award of an electronic certificate.

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Training and Certification

Westlaw UK Training - A series of online training videos and interactive lessons are available on the 'Westlaw UK Training' website.


Westlaw UK Certification - Two online tests are available: Basic and Advanced.  Complete the online training modules and take the online test.  Each test comprises 10 questions.  Successful completion results in the award of an electronic certificate.


Lawtel Lessons - A series of online training sessions via WebEx.  Find the current list and book onto training session.  Login to Lawtel, click on 'Help' and 'Lawtel' Lessons.


Please view a full list of tutorials on the Practical Law training website

A full list of user guides are available on the Practical Law website

A-Z list of databases

If you are looking for a particular database or resource, access a full A-Z list of all subscribed resources below.

Westlaw mobile app

Westlaw UK's Mobile Web App is now live and available for you to use.

The Mobile app gives you instant access to cases, legislation, journals, current awareness and EU content from your mobile device.


  • Instant mobile access, anywhere, anytime
  • Mobile user-friendly
  • Search for cases, legislation, journals, current awareness and EU content
  • Filter post-search by content set to narrow down the results list
  • Seamless linking to related resources
  • Download, email and save to your folders, synced with your desktop version
  • View documents in full screen

LexisLibrary mobile app

LexisNexis apps for the iphone are now live and available for download from the Apple Store.

They are called ‘On the Case’ and ‘Legal Terms’.

In order to use the apps, users will need to register for an ID and password. They can do this either via the ‘On the Case’ app itself or via a registration website
The same ID and password works for both apps and can be stored on the phone so you only have to remember it once.

Here is a little bit of info about each app:

Legal Terms:  Legal Terms provides LexisLibrary subscribers with on-the-go access to key points of law.  Covering a wide range of legal topics, customers can find the meaning of a legal term, the legislation where that term was defined and read the key cases about that definition. It also provides links to related terms. 

On the Case:  On the Case provides LexisLibrary subscribers on-the-go access to a wide range of case law. On the Case allows customers to search for cases by name, citation or key word, displaying results along with key words and a summary. To guide customers towards good law, each case is given a status signal indicating its treatment by the courts