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How to Access Databases

It's very simple. You can access any of the Library's databases just by searching the Library Catalogue. Simply enter the name of the database in the search box and click on the database link in the search results. Remember to log in for full access.


Searching within a Database

When you are searching a database, you can access content by searching under:

  • subject heading or keyword
  • title
  • author
  • journal name

Getting to the full-text

There are two main kinds of database:

Bibliographic - they won't show you the full paper straight away, but you can often read an abstract and see the author details. You'll need to check with SFX if the library has access to the journal article

Full text - will let you open and read the article directly from the list of results

 

Law Databases

Law uses a broad range of databases to supplement and where appropriate replace printed materials.

The legal databases broadly offer access to:

  • caselaw
  • journals
  • legislation

The most popular Law databases are:

Depending on the publishers these databases will focus on Irish or UK or International Sources. It is only through practise and experience that you will get used the different content and facilities that the databases provide.

More databases relevant to Law are available here

The Library has created various tutorials on using aspects of the Law Databases. Go to the Online Tutorials tab to view these tutorials. 

Additionally, here's a handy Student Handbook from Justis.

For Legal Abbreviations:  Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

Another useful resource is: Murdoch and Hunt’s Encyclopedia of Irish Law

 

Databases Explained

Databases are collections of resources such as journal articles and conference papers, and also sometimes book chapters and reports. If you are doing a literature search or systematic review they are a key resource to use.