This guide aims to identify key information sources for studying criminology including case law, legislation and academic journal articles. For crime and justice statistics see our statistics page and our referencing page for help with using Harvard. 

For additional help and advice, please contact your librarian.

Finding journal articles

Discover is our single search system which searches our books, ebooks, most journal content and selected other resources. We provide a Discover search guide. For more comprehensive searches you will need to search a database.

Case law and legislation

Legislation (statute) and case law are the two primary sources of Scots law. There are many free sources of case reports and legislation available but since the law is subject to change and legal decisions can be overturned, you must be careful that you are using the most up to date information. The two key legal databases for finding case law are Westlaw UK and LexisLibrary. These are specialist databases which are updated daily to ensure that you are accessing the current law. Log in with your domain username and password.

  • Westlaw has current case law and legislation. For help using the database, you may want to try a Westlaw tutorial
  • Use LexisLibrary for case law and legislation. See LexisLibrary training to get the most out of the database
  • The BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute) web site has British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material. It is a free, open access website

For links to key European and worldwide case law and legislation, please see the Law subject guide.