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Subject databases and full-text resources

BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute)

Available within MMU and outside MMU (no login required)

BAILII offers free access to case law and legislation from various British and Irish courts and legislatures, with a single search engine. It currently includes 42 databases from 7 jurisdictions. Including the Court of Appeal of England and Wales; the Irish Supreme Court; the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal; Scottish Court of Session and High Court; Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the House of Lords and the European Union as well as full-text legislation databases from Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Also on BAILII are Law Commission publications and tribunal decisions from tribunals such as the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and VAT & Duties Tribunals, to name a few.

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CommonLII

Available within MMU and outside MMU (no login required)

CommonLII allows browsing and searching of 464 databases from 50 Commonwealth and common law countries and territories, including legislation, case law and law reform information.

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Criminal Justice Periodicals Index

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Criminal law and criminology, juvenile justice, police studies and prison administration.
Date range: 1998 -, 1975 - 1998 is available at Gaskell in hard copy only.
Updated: Quarterly
Data retrieved: An index to US, British and Canadian journals. In some cases, the article is available in full text.

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Family Law Online

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Subject coverage: Family law cases, journal articles, commentary and procedure. Journal coverage includes Family Law Journal, Child and Family Law Quarterly and International Family Law. The latest editions of Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law and Practice, Duckworth: Matrimonial Property and Finance and Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts are included plus the Family Law Reports and Family Court Practice.
Date range:

Family Law Journal
1999 - present
Child and Family Law Quarterly
1995 - present
International Family Law
2003 - present
Family Law Reports
1980 - present (full coverage) selected case law available pre 1980 check Family Law Online for more details
Family Court Practice
Latest edition (published annually)

Data retrieved: Full text articles, law reports and ebooks.
Service provider: Jordan Publishing

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Hansard (House of Commons)

Available within MMU and outside MMU (no login required)

Daily debates of the House of Commons, updated at 9am each day with coverage of debates dating back to 1988-89 session and up to yesterday.

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Hansard (House of Lords)

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Daily debates of the House of Lords, updated at 9am each day with coverage of debates dating back to 10th June 1996 and up to yesterday.

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JustCite

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JustCite is a multi-source legal search engine and citator service. JustCite links to content from a range of publishers and includes links to full-text material on leading online services, including LexisLibrary, Westlaw and BAILII. It indexes over 425,000 cases, including transcripts and unreported judgments. In addition it cross-links between cases, legislation and journal articles from a variety of publishers, giving a full amendment trail for UK and EU legislation.

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Kemp and Kemp Personal Injury Practice

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: A definitive guide to quantum decisions in personal injury cases and key source of reference to legislation, case law and legal practice relating to personal injury awards
Date range: not applicable
Data retrieved: Full text
Service provider: Lawtel
Access notes: If you wish to download the Schedule of Damages, you will need to enter a separate username and password as this section of the service doesn't use our standard login service.

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Kluwer Law Online

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: law
Date range: depends on the individual title, but some go back to 1998
Updated: depends on the individual title
Data retrieved: Some full-text content from 4 journals (Legal Issues of Economic Integration; Common Market Law Review; European Public Law and Business Law Review), plus abstracts and indexes of approximately 20 additional titles
Service provider: Wolters Kluwer
Access notes: Full-text articles are in PDF format and you will need Acrobat Reader version 6.0 or later to read them.

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Lawtel Civil Procedure

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Full-text of the most up-to-date version of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, Practice Directions and the provisions contained within Schedules 1 (RSC Rules) and 2 (CCR Rules) in a fully searchable format. Access to Law Court Directory, Court Guide and Court Fees Guide, CPR forms and pre-action protocols.
Date range: 1987-
Updated: Daily
Data retrieved: References, abstracts and some full text
Service provider: Lawtel
Access notes: For off-campus use this resource requires a login.

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Lawtel Employment

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Lawtel Employment provides Case Comments, Specialist Articles and Briefings on important and significant developments in employment law from experts in the field.
Date range: 1987-
Updated: Daily
Data retrieved: References, abstracts and some full text
Service provider: Lawtel
Access notes: For off-campus use this resource requires a login.

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Lawtel Local Government

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Subject coverage: Case Comments, Legislative Analysis and Specialist Articles on important and significant local government legal issues.
Date range: 1987-
Updated: Daily
Data retrieved: References, abstracts and some full text
Service provider: Lawtel
Access notes: For off-campus use this resource requires a login.

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Lawtel Personal Injury

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Up-to-date information concerning personal injury law. Full text access to the Personal Injury Quantum Reports and the JSB Guidelines, case comments, articles and parliamentary information. Online Inflation Calculator available, PI Actuarial Tables, New Earnings Survey, AA Motoring Costs, Retail Prices Index, Recovery of Social Security Benefits, Inland Revenue Tax Information and Court of Protection Fees. Forms include: Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and Motor Insurers' Bureau applications.
Date range: 1987-
Updated: Daily
Data retrieved: References, abstracts and some full text
Service provider: Lawtel
Access notes: For off-campus use this resource requires a login.

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Lawtel UK

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Subject coverage: An online searchable database for case law, legislation, white and green papers, publications, articles. Access to Lawtel Civil Procedure, Lawtel Local Government and Lawtel Personal Injury is also available.
Date range: 1980-
Data retrieved: References and summaries, plus full text of The Lawyer (1994- ) and The Legal Executive (1996- )
Service provider: Lawtel
Access notes: For off-campus use this resource requires a login.

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LexisLibrary

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Law, full-text newspapers
Updated: Daily

Data Retrieved:

  • LexisLibrary includes full text up-to-date access to all UK inforce legislation; a case search facility and access to a number of full text law reports series including the England Law Reports Service, Company Cases, Human rights and Industrial Law Reports. The database includes individual sections for all subject areas of law which include specific resources for each subject. Alerts and current awareness updates can also be set up using this database.
  • Full-text articles from a range of UK national and regional newspapers, including:
    • Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
    • Daily Star and Sunday Star
    • Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph
    • Guardian
    • Independent
    • Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror
    • Observer
    • Sun
    • News of the World
    • Sunday Express
    • Times and Sunday Times
    • Times Educational Supplement
    • Times Higher Educational Supplement
    • Liverpool Echo
    • Evening Standard (London)
    • Manchester Evening News

Access notes: From the LexisLibrary homepage, click on the News tab to search for newspapers.

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Personal Injury Practice

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

This service (formerly on CD-ROM) has been replaced by Kemp and Kemp Personal Injury Practice, which is a web version of the same database.

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SPORTDiscus

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Sport: recreation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, coaching, physical fitness, the psychology, history and sociology of sport, training,and conditioning.
Date range: 1800-
Data retrieved: Seventy percent of the database consists of periodical articles.
Access notes: There are limits to the numbers of people who can use this service at any one time. If you are denied access, it may be that the maximum number has been reached. Try again in 15 minutes or so.

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Statute Law Database

Available within MMU and outside MMU (no login required)

This is a site developed by the Department of Constitutional Affairs to allow users to see how an Act stands at the present time.

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Web of Knowledge

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Subject coverage:Web of Knowledge is an integrated platform providing access to:

  • Web of Science - (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index from 1970- and Arts and Humanities Citation Index from 1975- )
  • ISI Journal Citation Reports
  • Medline

Data retrieved: References
Service provider: MIMAS

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Westlaw

Available within MMU and outside MMU (login required)

Subject coverage: Law
Updated: Daily
Data retrieved: UK, EU and International caselaw, legislation and journal articles. Much of the information is available in full text. Also includes Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Current Awareness materials, plus IDS Employment Law Handbooks, and IDS Employment Law Briefs. Contains information previously found in Current Legal Information.

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