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A guide to using the library's resources

English Law

The law in England can be found in many different sources. It is important that you become familiar with the main sources, how to access them and then how to interpret the law that is within them.

The two main sources of English law are:

  1. Case Law 
  2. Legislation

Both sources can be accessed using either print or electronic resources.  For information on finding cases or legislation, click on the relevant links.  

Law Library

The Law Library, located on the 3rd floor of the University Library, consists of textbooks, law reports, encyclopedias and journals. 

Textbooks on specific areas of law can be found at the following shelfmark:

340.07 Legal Skills 346.015 Family Law
341 International Law 346.02 Contract Law
341.2422 European Union Law 346.03 Tort Law
342 Constitutional Law 346.059 Equity Law       
344.01 Employment Law 347.06 Evidence
345 Criminal Law  

The law reports, journals and encyclopedias follow on from the textbooks and are arranged in alphabetical order of title. 

In addition to the print sources there are a number of legal databases providing electronic access to a large collection of law reports, journals, encyclopedias and, in some cases, textbooks.    

If you are struggling to locate a source, please email me with the details and I will check to see if we have access to it.

Library website

The Library website is mobile friendly, has an easy to use search facility and provides additional features such as your full loan history and book recommendations.  

Go to to access it:

We have:

  • the following loan types – four week, one week and reference 
  • automatic renewals - if a book is not requested by another user the system will automatically renew the book.

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