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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
- 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 using 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 uses a broad range of databases to supplement and where appropriate replace printed materials.
The legal databases broadly offer access to:
The most popular Law databases are:
Westlaw IE Westlaw IE is our main Irish Law database containing caselaw journals and legislation.
JustisOne This caselaw database contains the Irish Reports from 1839-. It contains the (UK)Law Reports (the Appeals Cases, Kings/Queens Bench, Chancery, Probate/Family) from 1865-. The European Court of Justice reports are also available.
Funded by IREL
Westlaw (UK & International) Westlaw provides superb access to UK European and International Law. All the main UK law reports are covered including European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights. 100s of journals available in UK and International Law. Limited Irish coverage except for Legal Journals Index
Lexis Butterworths LexisButterworths (LnB) is the Law Interface for LexisNexis Professional. Contains case reports journals legal citators from Ireland UK European Union and around the world. Use the browse tab to search for particular resources such as Irish Reports international journals etc.
Hein-On-Line A comprehensive collection of over 900 legal research journals. Also includes World Trials Library and Foreign and Foreign & International Law Resources Database.
Oxford bibliographies International law Oxford Bibliographies provides faculty and students alike with a seamless pathway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. Every article in this database is an authoritative guide to the current scholarship, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.
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 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.