Law is a constantly changing subject. Books take a relatively long time to be published, and can become out-of-date very quickly. By contrast, journals publish new issues regularly – sometimes every month.
Journal articles are much shorter than books – so there’s less to read!
Articles tend to focus on much more precise topics than books, sometimes they focus on just one case or legal development.
If the article you want to read is on your module reading list, click on the ‘view online’ button on the online module reading list. Put the module number or name in the search box to find the list.
This PDF guide to finding journal articles will help you find journal articles when you have a reference.
You may also want to look at the library's guide Using LibrarySearch to find a journal title (PDF).
If you want to find articles about a particular topic, you will need to use a legal database such as LexisLibrary or Westlaw.
The titles of journals are often abbreviated in references, which can make it tricky to know what the journals are called. The Cardiff Guide to Legal Abbreviations can help you with this.