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A database is an organised, searchable collection of high-quality resources. For law, the two most useful databases are LexisLibrary and Westlaw. You can use these to find case law, legislation and journal articles. LexisLibrary and Westlaw are widely used across the legal sector, so it is a good idea to get comfortable with using them while you are a student. There are a number of other useful databases which you may find helpful when looking for journal articles on a legal topic.
Learn how to search for case law, legislation, journal articles and more in LexisLibrary
Learn how to use Westlaw to find case law, legislation, journal articles and more
Tips for locating and using cases in law reports
Two additional law databases you may want to explore are HeinOnline and Lawtel.
There are a number of multi-disciplinary databases that include journal articles on legal topics. These are good places to search (in addition to one or more legal databases) if you are doing socio-legal research.
Oxford Brookes students and staff have access to all of these databases (and more!) using their student/staff number and password.