Online full text journals

Oxford libraries has an extensive collection of electronic journals, which can be found in several different ways:

  1. by the journal title via Oxford e-journals and SOLO;
  2. by author and article title via SOLO Articles & More
  3. by author and article title via Google Scholar
  4. by authorarticle titlejournal title, keywordcase cited or legislation cited in Westlaw, Lexis, i-Law, Kluwer and some other legal databases.

Useful things to know:

  1. At present, Google Scholar and SOLO Journal Articles (beta) will not find any articles that are only in Westlaw, Lexis and some other legal databases such as i-Law. Many journal articles on reading lists are only available in Westlaw. These include articles from the Law Quarterly Review (LQR) and Public Law (PL). Westlaw has no journal articles before 1986.
  2. Law Bod 4 Students provides scans of articles that are otherwise unavailable electronically. These include Crim LR, LQR, and PL and The Conveyancer (Conv) before 1986, New Zealand Law Review (NZLR), Current Legal Problems (CLP) and Restitution Law Review (RLR).

Finding electronic journals

  1. Use Oxford E-Journals or SOLO, and search for the journal by the full name of the journal (not an abbreviation). Use the Cardiff Index to find out what abbreviations stand for. 
  2. Try the Articles & More search in SOLO, which may find articles by author and title. This won't find articles held only in Westlaw, but it may work well for articles in HeinOnline and general journal databases such as OUP journals.  
  3. In Google Scholar, simply copy and paste (or type) author, title and journal citation from a reading list into the search box. You may need to remove quote marks, but the search does not need to be as precise as in legal databases. If you are off-campus, set Google Scholar preferences to include Oxford University. At the time of writing, Google Scholar doesn't search/index journals in Westlaw and Lexis, and some other legal databases. However, it will generally work well for journals that are in HeinOnline, Blackwells, OUP, JStor, Ingenta and other general journal databases.
  4. Use the Westlaw journals Basic Search if you are searching for a specific article. Keying the author's surname in the Author field and one distinctive word from the article title in the Article Title field is usually an efficient search. Use the Advanced Search to search for articles on a specific subject or about a specific case or piece of legislation. Westlaw has a comprehensive legal journals index which includes all legal journals published in the UK since 1986. The link to Full Text below the search screen allows you to look at specific issues of a journal.

Journal indexes and subject searching

 The information on Legal Research Process is useful for planning your research, and using Search terms and Connectors is helpful for searching full text journals.

To find articles on a topic, case or piece of legislation, begin with a journal index. The two key indexes for UK law are:

  • the Legal Journals Index (LJI), which is available in Westlaw. It indexes and provides abstracts for all articles published about UK and relevant EU law since 1986. There are links to articles for journals that are held in Westlaw, such as the Law Quarterly Review, Public Law, the Criminal Law Review etc.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals, which is available via SOLO. It indexes a wide range of law reviews, bar association journals, books, conference papers, yearbooks, and institute and government publications. The main focus is on US publications, but it also has good coverage of UK, European and Commonwealth legal materials. Index to Legal Periodicals & Books begins in 1982, and Legal Periodicals Retro covers 1918-1981. Both databases can be searched simultaneously.

HeinOnline holds many legal journals, particularly for the US, but increasingly for the UK and other jurisdictions.

Google Scholar and the Legal Scholarship Network on SSRN can also be useful starting places for finding journal articles.

For articles on jurisdictions other than the UK and the US, try Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals via SOLO.