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Law: Journals & Journal Articles

Searching for journal articles on a topic

You can search  'Library Search' to find journal articles as this will search the content of most of the databases we subscribe to. However, Library Search also include a lot of non legal information so it is a good idea to search legal databases separately as well as you will be able to do a more specific search and may get more relevant results.


Journals are available in the databases listed below and you may want to search them individually. However, by searching Westlaw UK and Library Search first you should come across many of the journals articles included in the databases below.

Tracing a journal article from a citation

If you have come across a citation for a journal article and you want to find the full text of the article, you may need to search more than one place. Most of the library content is searchable via Library Search but there are some exceptions

The screencast  'Tracing a journal article from a citation' demonstrates different methods you can use to trace a journal article from a citation:

Searching for a specific journal

You can find out whether a journal is available online at DMU by searching the E-publication finder

As coverage of journals available on Lexis or Westlaw from the E-resources portal is not always completely accurate, click here for the list of  abstracted and full text journals available on Westlaw (to see only the full text journals, select 'Full text only' from the drop down menu), and click here for the list of full text journals available on Lexis+ UK.

Why use journals?

Use journals to find:

  • useful information and discussions on legal issues, cases and legislation.
  • different view points from different authors
  • current information as journals are published quicker than books.

International journals and articles

Legal abbreviations