Journal articles can be an excellent source for researching narrower, more specialized legal topics. Articles published in law journals include extensive footnotes with citations to primary and secondary sources that are relevant to the topic. Two types of tools for conducting journal article research are described below.
For more information on how to use indexes and full-text databases for journal article research, consult the following library research guide: Using Articles for Legal and Non-Legal Research.
You will find citations to articles written about UK legal topics in frequently used law journal indexes, such as LegalTrac and Legal Periodicals and Books; and in frequently used full-text law journal databases, such as those available on HeinOnline, Lexis, and Westlaw.
To restrict your search to journals published in the UK, use the following resources:
If you already have a citation to an article and want to know if the Law Library has the article in print or electronic format, search the library's online catalog for the title of the journal. The results will display both print and electronic options, along with the dates of coverage. Alternatively, you may enter the title of the journal in the E-Journal Finder to determine if the journal is available in electronic format. If the Law Library does not provide print or electronic access to the journal, you may request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.
Listed below are some of the most prominent and frequently cited law journals published in the UK. For those journals that the library still subscribes to in print, current issues are kept at the Wolff Library circulation desk. Older issues are shelved on the upper level of the Wolff Library. For electronic access, click on the appropriate link following the call number.