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Charlie, the Academic Liaison Librarian for Law, has created
this list of interesting new law resources. It's a mix of books, journal articles and other online materials, and is regularly updated.
You may also want to keep an eye on
the newest books and ebooks in the library. The most recently purchased items will always be at the top of this list.
All of the major UK broadsheets (i.e. The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times) report on important cases and legal developments. If you want to search multiple newspapers in one place, you may find Factiva or LexisLibrary useful. Using Factiva
or LexisLibrary also allows you access newspapers that use paywalls e.g. The Times.
Find more information about searching newspapers this way.
The Times also produce a daily email newsletter, The Brief. You can
sign up for free online.
Box of Broadcasts
allows you to catch up with UK radio and TV programmes. You can search for a particular programme, or for a topic or name. On the BoB homepage, click on the blue sign in button, then start typing “Oxford Brookes University” in the search box and
select from the drop down list. If you are prompted to log in when you’re searching BoB, just click on the option ‘Log in using your Oxford Brookes University account’ to proceed. Off-campus access is only available if you’re within the UK.
Six podcasts for law students, recommended by the Guardian in 2017.
The Law Pod UK
podcast discusses developments across all aspects of civil and public law in the United Kingdom. It comes from the creators of the UK Human Rights Blog and is produced by the barristers at
1 Crown Office Row.
Two good legal programmes on BBC Radio 4 are
Law in Action
Unreliable Evidence. They cover a range of current topics in an accessible style. You can listen to past episodes on the programme websites or via Box of Broadcasts.
are invaluable tools for professional awareness, and are widely used in the legal sector.
If you have a LinkedIn account, consider joining groups such as
those run by the Law Society
to receive updates about current practice. If you are interested in a particular area of law, look for specialist organisations in that area (e.g. Resolution for family law) or individual lawyers or specialists in that area. The staff in
can offer more advice about using LinkedIn effectively, and there is also a printed handout you can pick up in the Careers reception.
You can search for specific words or topics that interest you in Twitter (you don’t need to sign up for a Twitter account to search it this way). Alternatively, start by following general law accounts such as the
Secret Barrister. If you find someone’s tweets interesting, have at look at who they follow as this may help you find other useful accounts.
PSL: This area of LexisLibrary is arranged by practice area and draws together a number of different resources. The most useful feature for current awareness is the news area. The most recent three stories in each practice area are
displayed, and further stories can be displayed by selecting ‘monthly highlights’ or ‘more news’. You can access PSL by selecting ‘LexisNexis services’ at the very top of any LexisLibrary page then selecting ‘Lexis PSL’. To change practice area,
select ‘change’ next to the currently displayed practice area.
Current awareness: To access this area of LexisLibrary, go to the search tab and select ‘current awareness’. There is then a standard LexisLibrary search page where you can add your search words. This will search within a number of
current awareness sources, including case and appeals trackers.
More guidance on using LexisLibrary is available from the library
Insight: you can access Westlaw Insight by selecting the ‘Insight’ tab from the top of any Westlaw page. The most recent updates in all practice areas updates are displayed on the Insight homepage. You can get a current overview of
any area of English law on Insight. The general practice areas are displayed on the Insight homepage – just select any of these to get a more detailed list of topics.
More guidance on using Westlaw is available from the library
Lawtel court round-up: This new service from Lawtel summarises judgments from the Court of Appeal and High Court. You can
view or search the latest court round-up summaries on Lawtel
register for free to get them by email.
You can use the official Parliament website to see
what is scheduled for debate each day, or to see
what bills are currently before Parliament.
Hansard is the edited report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. You can search for topics, date or look for contributions by an individual MP or peer
If you wish to stay up-to-date with new issues of a particular journal you can register to receive the table of contents by email when it is published. Virtually all e-journals have this option on their homepage.
There are also services such as
which enable you to sign up for alerts from multiple journal titles.