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United Kingdom Legal Research Guide

This in-depth guide will help researchers navigate legal materials for the United Kingdom.

Locating Secondary Sources on Brexit

Brexit Bibliographies

Bibliographies are compilations of secondary source materials pertaining to a particular topic.  Most of the secondary sources compiled in the Brexit bibliographies described below were published prior to the 2016 referendum.  To locate secondary sources published subsequent to the referendum, scroll down to the sections on Finding Books and e-Books and Finding Journal Articles.

  • Brexit Debate Map -- Oxford Public International Law
    This compilation of secondary source materials focuses on the mechanics of leaving the EU, the impact on EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in EU member states, and the implications for UK public policy.  Direct links are provided to relevant journal articles, book chapters, UK government reports, legal analysis, and blog posts.
  • Reading List on UK-EU Relations 2013-2016 -- House of Commons Library
    This compilation of mostly pre-referendum (and some post-referendum) publications includes books; journal articles; news articles; reports published by the UK government and by the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; think tank papers; and blog posts.  Direct links are provided to most content.  To download the reading list as a PDF document, open the HTML version your browser, scroll down, and click on the link next to the PDF icon.
  • Brexit "Thesaurus" (Bibliography) (4th ed., July, 2017) -- European Parliament
    This compilation of news articles, academic papers, think tank research, UK government documents, and EU documents related to Brexit was prepared at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament.  Content is organized by subject, and direct links are provided to most documents. 

Books & e-Books

To locate books about Brexit and its impact, search GULLiver, the Law Library's online catalog.  For greater precision, use the Advanced Search template, enter Brexit in the first search box, and use the menu on the left to select "title" as the search field.  Add additional terms in the remaining search boxes:

To search across all Georgetown libraries (including those on the main campus) for books, journal articles, and more, use One Search.  Note that One Search also will retrieve newspaper articles.  If you don't want newspaper articles, you may check the box to exclude them prior to running a search or filter them out after running a search.

Journal Articles

To locate scholarly articles that discuss Brexit and its impact from a legal perspective, search a law journal index, such as LegalTrac or Legal Periodicals and Books.  Or use a full-text law journal database, such as those found on HeinOnline, Kluwer Law Online Journals, Lexis, and Westlaw.  SSRN is a good source for emerging scholarship and NGO working papers.

To restrict your search for scholarly articles to journals published in UK, use the following resources:

  • Cambridge Journals
  • Oxford Journals
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
    To limit searches to UK-based journals, be sure to select "Country of Publication" as the search field for one of the search boxes and enter UK in the adjacent search box.
  • Legal Journals Index
    This Westlaw database indexes articles published in UK law journals and in English language law journals published elsewhere in Europe.  Note that not all of these article are available in full text on Westlaw.

If the journal database from which you retrieve a citation does not provide access to the full text of the article, use the E-Journal Finder to determine if the full text is available from another database.  If the journal is not available electronically, search for the title of the journal in the Law Library's online catalog to see if it is available in print. If the library doesn't have the journal in print, you may request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.