Electronic Journals for Law
- UK Law Journals
- US Law Journals
- Finding references to legal journal articles
UK and EU related Electronic Law Journals
An A-Z list of UK and EU related electronic law journals available at Cardiff University are listed on the UK and EU related Electronic Law Journals page.
Most electronic law journals can be accessed off campus using your Cardiff University Login.
US Law Journals
To discover if Cardiff University has access to a specific US law journal, check the holdings of Lexis®Library, HeinOnline and Westlaw UK. Databases which all have extensive collections of US law journals.
Further US journals can be found by:
- Using the Voyager library catalogue to search for both electronic and printed journals.
- Searching the complete list of Cardiff University electronic journals.
Lexis®Library, HeinOnline and Westlaw UK also have large collections of non UK/US law journals.
Finding references to legal journal articles
The Legal Journals Index, Index to Legal Periodicals and Index to Articles Related to Law index the contents of hundreds of law journals and are the most efficient way of finding relevant on your topic articles. However, they will not necessarily provide links to the full text of the articles.
Legal Journals Index
The Legal Journals Index (LJI), available on Westlaw UK is an index of UK and EU related law journals from 1986 onwards which covers some 430 journals and is the best place to start when you are looking for legal journal articles on a particular topic. However, it is important to realise that the LJI is is merely an index of journal articles (references and abstracts only, not the full text), and direct links from the LJI to the full text of an article will only be provided when the full-text of an article is held on Westlaw UK.
To access the search screen for the Legal Journals Index, from the home page screen select Journals from the links at the top of the screen, then click on the Legal Journals Index (LJI) link. Click on Advanced Search to access additional fields to enable a more detailed search. The results of a LJI search will be listed with the most recent article first. Each result will include brief details of the article with a Legal Journals Index Abstract link to a brief digest of the article and, if available on Westlaw UK, a Full Text Article link to the complete journal article.
If the article is not available in full text on Westlaw UK use the information found from the Legal Journals Index Abstract to to search Voyager and the A-Z list of UK and EU related Electronic Law Journals at Cardiff University to find out if the journal is available in either print or electronic format elsewhere at Cardiff University.
Index to Legal Periodicals
The Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP), indexes articles from more than 500 journals from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Coverage begins in 1981.
ILP can be accessed using Lexis®Library.
Please note that the ILP is merely an index of journal articles, and direct links from the ILP to the full text of articles will not be available using any of the databases above. Therefore, a further search on a relevant database will need to be carried out in order to access the full text of a particular article.
How to access the Index to Legal Periodicals search screen on Lexis®Library
At the Lexis®Library Home page type Index to Legal Periodicals in the Find a source box then click on Find. From the results click on Index to legal Periodicals then click on OK - Continue. You will be returned to the journals search screen where Index to Legal Periodicals will appear in the Sources field.
Index to Articles Related to Law
The Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law (held on HeinOnline) is a U.S. biased index which indexes substantial English language law-related articles not included in law journals or any periodicals that are directly law-related. Coverage begins in 1958.
For further information on electronic law journals contact a member of staff from the Law Library.