The Journals section of Westlaw UK indexes over 800 legal journals, mainly in UK, European and international law from 1986 onwards. It also has 114 titles available in full text.
From www.findit.bham.ac.uk click on Find Databases and type Westlaw UK into the Name box. Click on Find Database.
In the Westlaw UK search screen, click on Journals. This will give you the journals search screen:
If you are searching for articles on a particular topic, the best options to use are the first two boxes.
It is a good idea to do your initial searches in Free Text, and then you can see which subject headings and keywords are most relevant to your topic.
The Term Defined search will find articles which discuss cases or legislation where the concept has been defined.
If you put a tick in the box marked Terms in Context, when the results come up, they will have your terms highlighted showing the context in which they occur.
You can make your search more specific by using ‘connectors’:
You can see the full range of available connectors by clicking on List of Connectors from the search screen.
When the results of your search come up, you will be able to link to the full text of the article if there is one, or to the abstract:
Remember that if the full text article is not available within Westlaw, it is still possible that we may have it available through a different subscription. Make a note of the journal title and details of the article, and look it up on FindIt@Bham.
If you find too many results, you can always narrow them down using any of the options in the left-hand margin such as Topic, Date or Document Type.
The Journals section of Lexis Library indexes over 500 publications in the legal and business fields, and contains the full text of around 125 legal journal titles.
From www.findit.bham.ac.uk click on Find Databases and type Lexis Library into the Name box. Click on Find Database.
In the Lexis search screen, click on Journals. This will give you the journals search screen:
Type your search terms into the Search Terms box, remembering to use the Boolean connectors to specify what you are looking for. Click on Search Tips to see all the available connectors. The most useful ones are:
You can also make your search more specific by clicking on Add Topics to Search and selecting a subject from the hierarchy of terms from the Subject Directory. Tick the box next to the term(s) you need and click on Add to Search. This will have the effect of limiting your search to those articles indexed under that topic, as in this example for marine pollution:
HeinOnline has four major library collections:
All of these libraries are image-based and fully-searchable, meaning that they provide exact page images and enable the researcher to view all pages as they originally appeared in hardcopy-including all charts, graphs, and photographs.
The publishers of HeinOnline have a comprehensive set of online guides to this resource available here.
Quick Full Text Search
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ProQuest Social Sciences is a collection of databases which index publications in a wide range of social sciences including sociology, social work, education, criminology, linguistics, psychology, political science, religion, as well as a number of more general academic journal collections. It is therefore useful as a single point at which to do your search if your topic extends beyond matters of law.
Go to the Advanced Search as this gives you a convenient set of search boxes as well as a number of useful filters and limiters for your search:
Particularly useful are the two filters shown above: The tick-box for Peer Reviewed which will limit your search to articles in refereed academic journals, and the Publication Date menu where you can select the most recent date range for your publications.
Business Source Premier is a large electronic journal service covering the topics of business and management. It provides full text for more than 2,150 journal titles. Coverage extends to all aspects of business including accounting and finance , management and marketing. Many of the titles indexed by Business Source Premier might not be found as easily by using the 'Article Search' functionality of FindIt@bham.
Click on the Find Databases link towards the top-right of FindIt@bham (findit.bham.ac.uk) In the box that appears type in Business Source Premier and click 'Find Database' A link to this database will appear below . Click on the link to access the database.
You will be taken directly through to the 'Advanced Search' screen. At the top left hand side of the screen are search boxes for you to enter the terms or phrase for the subject you are interested in.
Newspapers and other media archives can be useful sources of information on historical events and on how legal matters are viewed by the general public.
We subscribe to a number of such archives. The most useful are:
Nexis Advance UK: This is a database from the same publishers as Lexis Library, and one of its features is an extensive searchable full-text archive of national and local newspapers from the UK and a number of other countries around the world. Help topics for using this database can be found here.
We have a number of online archive of individual newspapers such as the Daily Mail, Financial Times, Guardian and The Times, as well as collective archives of East European newspapers (Eastview) and African American Newspapers.
Please see our full guide to tracing newspaper articles at https://libguides.bham.ac.uk/asc/newspapers.
Box of Broadcasts
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service which records TV and radio programmes from the main UK and selected overseas channels.
After a TV or radio programme is recorded, it is stored in an archive indefinitely. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres, and that number is set to rise as more further and higher education institutions join BoB. You can make playlists and save clips from programmes in a personal My BoB account and use them in presentations. All contents are copyright-cleared.