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Welcome to the Law Subject Guide - giving you information on library resources and services.

Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

This page contains current information on library closures, loans and fines, support for online learning, online access to teaching resources and how to get further help.

Finding resources

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DiscoverEd is one way to find resources such as books and journal articles.

Your University Login (EASE) gives you access to DiscoverEd where you can explore online and physical resources, as well as special collections. Need help searching DiscoverEd? The Library web pages have help.

Not everything within the University collection can be identified using DiscoverEd (including material from Westlaw and LexisLibrary) and you may also need to use specific law databases to find material. Law databases

Key databases for Law

Here are some key resources- 

Westlaw UK: An online legal research service delivering case law (primarily UK, but also material from EU), UK and EU legislation, a range of UK and international journals, practitioner eBooks (list below), news & business information and current awareness. Not all the eBooks are searchable on DiscoverEd. Westlaw 'International' and 'US' materials are available via the 'Region' drop down on the homepage
LexisLibrary: Online legal research service covering case law (primarily UK but alsosome EU and US) , UK legislation and most UK national and regional newspapers. It includes Butterworths Scots Law Direct (Laws of Scotland) which contains Scottish Case Reports Direct and Scottish Legislation Direct. Access to the Stair Memorial Encyclopedia is also available.
HeinOnline: Full text legal journals with a good range of international titles, all U.S Treaties and Agreements, and published U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Articles on HeinOnline can be found using DiscoverEd. 
Making of the Modern Law:  the world's most comprehensive full-text collection of British Commonwealth and American legal treatises from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Allows full text searching of more than 21,000 works from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more.
Practical Law: a database of legal know-how, transactional analysis and market intelligence for lawyers.

More Law databases......

Remember that some databases need you to use the Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Law Library Guide

The recently refurbished Law Library is located in Old College alongside the Edinburgh Law School. 

Details of opening hours, location and contacts for the Law Library can be found on the Law Library webpages.

The Law Library leaflet also has useful information.

There is also a self-guided tour for new students available to download or pick up at the Helpdesk. 

Resource lists & Subject guides

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Resource Lists are online reading lists that can signpost you to key reading materials. Some of your courses may have a Resource List embedded in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) but you can also access them directly. Full details are available on the Resource Lists: Information for Students webpage.


Subject Guides from other disciplines can be a useful source of ideas and information. Some focus on a topic such as newspapers as well as others that are more subject specific e.g. Business, Medicine economics etc. A full list of subject guides is available on the university website. 

Online learning

The Library provides access to many e-resources, but we also provide lots of other services and support for students on online learning programmes.

Library services for online learning students

- How to set up the Virtual Private Network (VPN) 

Requesting scans of journal articles and book chapters

- How to get started with using the library