LexisLibrary

  • You can find the database here. If prompted, enter your Brookes ID and password.

    UK case law

    • From any page in LexisLibrary, click on 'Cases' in the light grey menu bar.
    • You can search for cases by party name, case citation or by subject. To search by subject, use the 'search terms' box. Type your query into the appropriate box and click on 'Search'.
    • The screen displays the list of references matching your query. Click on the case name to view the full text.

    European case law

    • From any page in LexisLibrary, click on 'Cases' in the light grey menu bar.
    • Click on 'international cases' to the left of the search boxes. Select 'EU cases' in the sources box.
    • You can search for cases by party name, case citation or by subject. To search by subject, use the 'search terms' box. Type your query into the appropriate box and click on 'Search'.
    • The screen displays the list of references matching your query. Click on the case name to view the full text.

     

    International case law

    • From any page in LexisLibrary, click on 'sources' in the light grey menu bar. 
    • For US cases, select 'United States' in the Country drop-down menu. In the ‘All Regions’ drop down-menu, choose ‘US Federal All’. Click on ‘F’ in the alphabetical index and you will see a list of federal resources appear on screen. In the left-hand list you can scroll down and find the ‘Federal &State Cases, Combined’ resource. Click in the tick-box next to this and press the ‘OK - Continue’ button. You can now do your search.
    • For other international case law, you need to look for your country of interest by opening up the drop-down menu next to Country. You then need to use the alphabetical index to locate the case law for that country – it can usually be found by clicking on the first letter of you country’s name. For example, under Australia, ‘A’ in the alphabetical index will take you to the ‘Australian Commonwealth, State & Territory Case Law’ resource. Click in the tick-box next to this and then press the ‘OK - Continue’ button. You can now do your search. (Not all countries are available on LexisLibrary and not all have case law.)

    Tips on searching for case law

    • Cases are published in law reports and there are many different series of law reports - some databases only contain certain law report series. Sometimes you will need to try more than one database to find your case. LexisLibrary does contain a wide variety of cases but does not contain all case law.
    • Remember that the case reference you have may be indexed differently on a database. For example, consider the case of Bunge Corp. v Tradax Exprt S A. Many electronic resources will have used the full party name - Bunge Corporation v Tradax Export SA. 
    • If you have a long or complicated case name, try just using the keywords from your reference. For instance, Bunge and Tradax. Alternatively you can search for the citation e.g. [1981] 1 WLR 711
    • There are a huge amount of cases each year. Not all cases are reported so there will be some cases you will be unable to find.

    UK legislation (Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments)

    • From any page in LexisLibrary, click on 'Legislation' in the light grey menu bar.
    • Type your search query into the appropriate search box. Use keywords in the 'Search Terms' box if you do not know the name of the statute or statutory instrument you are looking for.
    • Click on 'Search'.
    • The screen displays the list of references matching your query. Click on the title of any result to see the full text.

    European legislation

    • From any page in LexisLibrary, click on 'Legislation' in the light grey menu bar.
    • Next, click on 'International Legislation' on the left-hand side.
    • You can search for European legislation or treaties. Click on the 'Sources' menu arrow to select your option.
    • Type your search query into the appropriate search box. Use keywords in the 'Search Terms' box at the top of the screen, if you do not know the name of the legislation or treaty you are looking for.
    • Click on 'Search'.
    • The screen displays the list of references matching your query. Click on the title of any result to see the full text.

    International legislation

    • From the initial screen click on the ‘Sources’ tab at the top of the screen. Click on ‘Browse Sources’ in the beige menu bar. The bottom half of the screen displays a list of source options.
    • For US legislation: Choose the ‘United States’ in the Country drop down menu. Change the ‘All Regions’ drop down menu option to ‘US Federal All’. Click on ‘Legislation’ and then ‘Statutes (Statutory Codes)’. On the right you can see the ‘USCS - United States Code Service: Code, Const, Rules, Conventions & Public Laws’ resource. Tick the box next to this entry, then click on the red ‘OK-Continue’ button.
    • For other international legislation: Select your particular country of interest in the Country drop down menu. Click on the Legislation folder in the bottom half of the screen to see what legislation resources are available. (Not all countries are available on LexisLibrary and not all have legislation.)

    Journals covering UK law

    • From any page in LexisLibrary click on 'journals' in the light grey menu bar.
    • LexisLibrary contains a large number of full-text journals. To see a list, click on 'browse' to the left of the search boxes.
    • If you click on the title of any journal in this list you can either search within it for a phrase or name, or you can navigate to a particular issue by using the date list. 

    Journals covering international law

    • From the any page in LexisLibrary, click on the ‘Sources’ tab at the top of the screen.
    • Click on ‘Browse Sources’ near the top of the screen. Change the country to ‘All Countries’. The bottom half of the screen displays a list of source options including ‘Legal Journals’. Alternatively you can select a particular country of interest. 

    Journals covering US law

    • From the any page in LexisLibrary, click on the ‘Sources’ tab at the top of the screen.
    • Click on ‘Browse Sources’ near the top of the screen. 
    • Change the country to the United States. Click on ‘Legal Journals’.
    • Under 'group sources, select 'US Law Review and Journals Combined' then click the red 'OK - continue' button.
    • You can now search the U.S. journals. Type your search query into the 'Search Terms' box and click on 'Search'. If you want to view a list of the US journals, go back to the screen on group sources and click the ‘i’ symbol next to 'US Law Reviews and Journals, Combined'.

    Tips for finding journal articles

    • Remember, if the full text of an article isn't in LexisLibrary we may still have access to it through one of our other providers. Make a note of the reference, then search for the journal title in the 'e-journals by title' tab of the library search box.
    • You can get more information and advice about using journals and journal articles in this guide

     

    • From any page in LexisLibrary, click on 'News' in the light grey menu bar.
    • The bottom of the screen displays a list of the full text UK national and regional newspapers you can search on LexisLibrary. You can either search all these newspapers or a newspaper of your choice. By default, LexisLibrary searches all UK newspapers.
    • Enter your search term(s) in the white box(es) at the top of the screen and click on 'Search'.
    • You do not have to use the tick boxes, but if you're looking for information about a particular industry or sector then they can be useful.
    • You can make your search more precise by changing the options in the dropdown boxes labelled 'anywhere' or by picking an option in the 'specify date' box.
    • The search results are listed with the most recent articles at the top.
    • The screen displays the list of references matching your query. Click on the headline link to view the full text.

    Finding words near each other

    • Use W/nW/P or W/S to specify how close together you want your search words to be in the results.
    • Copyright W/5 infringement will find references where copyright occurs within 5 words of infringement. 
    • Copyright W/P infringement will search for references where copyright and infringement occur within the same paragraph
    • Copyright W/S infringement will search for references where copyright and infringement occur within the same sentence.
    • Use quotation marks " " to search for words as an exact phrase. For example, "copyright infringement" will find references where the words occur as a phrase and not where they occur separately. 

    Combining words

    • Use AND to combine words and narrow down your search. For example, arbitration AND medical will find references where both words occur in the same document
    • Use OR to broaden your search. For example, ‘arbitration OR mediation’ will find references where either word occurs .

    Truncation

    • Use an exclamation mark ! at the end of a root of a word to retrieve all possible endings. For instance, employ! will find employ, employee, employer, employment.

    Universal character

    • The symbol * represents 1 character. For example, wom*n will retrieve woman or women. When you place the character at the end of a word, you specify the maximum length of the word. For example, object*** retrieves object, objects, objected, objective, objection and objecting.

     

    Print your results

    • Carry out your search
    • Select the document you wish to print. Click on the printer icon. A new window should open, where you can select what to print, before you see the standard print dialogue box.

    Email your results

    • Carry out your search
    • Select the document you wish to email. Click on the envelope icon. A new window will open where you can specify format and delivery. Enter your email address. Click 'Send'.

    Save your results

    • Carry out your search
    • Select the document you wish to save. Click on the download icon. A new window will open where you will be able to specify format. Click 'Download'.

    There is a 'Help' link in the footer of every LexisLibrary page, which provides further details on searching and using the database. You can also take a look at the online tutorials listed on this page under 'online help'.

     

    If you would like further help with LexisLibrary, you can contact Charlie Brampton, Academic Liaison Librarian for Law or Mary Devereux, the LexisLibrary Student Associate for Oxford Brookes