Accessing case law resources
The three main databases for case law are Westlaw, Lexis and Building Law Reports.
All Databases for Law
Westlaw and Lexis are good general law resources.
Building Law Reports are specialist reports published separately.
Tip: It is important you choose the report your lecturer has specified as cases can be written up in multiple law reports.
Understanding a legal citation
Tip: 'R. v. Somebody' indicates a criminal case
Case law abbreviations
The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations is a free online resource which allows you to search for the abbreviation or the full title of English language legal publications.
Tip: chose 'close' match if you are putting in part of an abbreviation.
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