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LexisLibrary content includes access to:

CASES -  Coverage of the Official Law Reports (A.C., Q.B., Ch., Fam.), the All England Law Reports (ALL ER) and the Weekly Law Reports (WLR). Use the Case Overview service to review the judicial history of a case and its judicial treatment.

 

LEGISLATION - Coverage of full text of Acts since 1267 and Statutory Instruments since 1948. Detailed information on statutory legislation along with common law are accessible via the Halsbury's Laws of England.

 

JOURNALS & BULLETINS - Full text articles for approximately 150 titles. Additionally, you could access templates of forms and precedents.

 

 

CURRENT AWARENESS - This service contains daily updates and notices of cases, legislation, and legal developments derived from official publications, press releases and legal news relating to the United Kingdom.

The sources of legal research are generally divided in two categories:

1 - Primary sources are laws, statutory instruments, cases or regulations issued by a governmental entity or official, such as a court, the Parliament, or executive agency.

2 - Secondary sources like scholarly articles or official reports offer analysis, commentary, or a restatement of primary sources like cases or statutes and are used to help locate and explain primary sources of law.  Secondary sources may influence a legal decision but do not have the controlling or binding authority of primary sources.

Westlaw UK offers to users access to both type of sources, with particular attention to provide them with authoritative and reliable secondary sources.

This tutorial video helps you to search more effectively the content on Lexis Library.  You will familiarise with the use of the boolean operators, the proximity connectors and the truncation feature.

Visit the using search connectors and command page in the help site for further details.

 

Use the Cartwheel tool to develop your search.

This technique, developed by American law professor William P. Statsky, also recommended by BIALL, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, will help you to find terms associated with the topic of your search.

This tool could be integrated with the information on Westlaw Insight to develop a comprehensive research on a specific topic.

Picture from Clinch, P. (2001) Using a law library. A student's guide to legal research skills. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Picture from Clinch, P. (2001) Using a law library. A student's guide to legal research skills. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

LexisLibrary uses signals for both cases and legislation to inform the users of their currency and validity.

Icons for law cases

Type Value Description
Negative Treatment Decision for the case was reversed, disapproved or overruled.
Cautionary Treatment Decision has had some doubt cast on it.
Positive Treatment Ruling on the case has received positive treatment: affirmed, applied, etc.
Neutral Treatment Decision has received neutral or ambivalent treatment: considered, explained, etc.
Information No value applied to the specific decision--only citation information is available.

 

Icons for legislative texts

Type Value Description
Negative Treatment Decision for the case was reversed, disapproved or overruled.
Cautionary Treatment Decision has had some doubt cast on it.
Positive Treatment Ruling on the case has received positive treatment: affirmed, applied, etc.
Limited information Citations with limited or no status information available

LexisLibrary includes neutral citations for cases.

This system was introduced by Practice Note [2001] 1 W.L.R.194 on January 2001 and extended in 2002 to the rulings of the High Court by Practice Direction [2002] 1 W.L.R. 346.

Neutral citations follow the structure below:

Year | Court Name* | Division (optional) | Case Number   

Example: [2015] UKSC 5

The citation in the example refers to the "R. (on the application of Miller) v Secretary of State" case, the fifth numbered judgment of the Supreme Court for 2015.

*Initials for the courts are available in the following table (excerpt from Slapper & Kelly's English Legal System textbook):

Courts (United Kingdom) Abbreviation
Supreme Court UKSC
House of Lords UKHC
Privy Council UKPC
Court of Appeal (England and Wales)  
Court of Appeal ( Civil Division) EWCA Civ case no
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) EWCA Crim case no
High Court (England and Wales)  
Queen's Bench Division EWHC case no (QB)
Chancery Division EWHC case no (Ch)
Family Division EWHC case no (Fam)
Other Courts  
Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chambers) UKUT case no (AAC)
First-tier Tribunal UKFTT case no
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