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Some useful resources for Law are listed below.

Business Source Complete

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: The world’s largest full text business database, Business Source Complete provides full text for nearly 3,300 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1000 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals. Updated daily.
Coverage: 1922-present.


Butterworths Scots Law Direct

Access information: Laws of Scotland Online is available via LexisLibrary (was LexisNexis Butterworths). On and off campus access. Off campus login via UK federation and select University of Edinburgh from drop down menu.
Description: Contains essential services for anyone interested in Scots law, including Scottish Case Reports Direct and Scottish Legislation Direct.


China Law Info (Chinese language version)

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: Also known as Beida fabao, China Law Info is a bilingual database for China legal documents and information. The database provides both the original Chinese version and the English translation of China laws and regulations, judicial cases, tax treaties, white papers, law journals and gazettes, as well as other China legal information such as legal news and legislative/regulatory updates. The database is updated daily. .
Note: The English version can also be accessed from the Chinese version by clicking the menu button ‘English’. All the English translations are accompanied by their original Chinese texts and the English and Chinese texts can be displayed side by side. All the documents can be read online or downloaded by clicking the ‘Download’ button in the top right corner.


Emerald Intelligence

Access information: Access on and off-campus.

Access to over 130 MCB University Press journals. Full text available for many journals. Option to search subscribed content only.

The journals cover general management, human resource management, information management, library & information services, marketing, operations, production & economics, property, quality, training and education and engineering & material science.


European Sources Online

Access information: Open access
Description: European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders.


Access information: Access on campus and off-campus via VPN.
Description: Full text legal journals, includes all U.S Treaties and Agreements, and published U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Over 15 million pages of image-based, fully searchable material.
Note: Use the VPN to access off campus


Access information: Access on and off-campus (Working off-campus click on Academic Sign-In. In the Select federation drop-down menu choose UK ACCESS MANAGEMENT FEDERATION and click Go. Scroll down list provided and click on link to University of Edinburgh).
Description: Online legal research service covering case law, legislation and most UK national and regional newspapers.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The Making of Modern Law is the world's most comprehensive full-text collection of British Commonwealth and American legal treatises from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It allows for full text searching of more than 21,000 works from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more.


Access information: On and off campus. Login via Academic Sign In and UK federation.
Description: Access to over 23,000 UK and international news and business sources, financial and market reports, biographical data and thousands of legal and regulatory services. Includes Company Dossier which delivers company information on 100 million international companies and executives.


Political Science Complete

Access information Access on and off campus.
Description: Political Science Complete provides nearly 340 full-text reference books and monographs and more than 44,000 full-text conference papers, which includes those from the International Political Science Association. The database also provides a subject-specific thesaurus with more than 23,500 terms to provide subject searching guidance to researchers. Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations and political theory.
Coverage: 1965 - present.


Access: Available on campus and off campus via VPN.
Description: Practical Law is a database of legal know-how, transactional analysis and market intelligence for lawyers.




Access information: Access on and off-campus.

American Psychological Association produced with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 25 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1987 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: Oxford Reports on International Law brings together decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals. In this resource, the full scope of international case law is available in one place, accompanied by expert analysis and cross-case navigation via the Oxford Law Citator. New cases are added daily, making Oxford Reports on International Law the most up-to-date source of international case law available.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The Electronic Session Cases from Justis, with coverage starting in 1821, offer all decisions reported in full, from the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary in Scotland. In addition, selected cases decided at first instance and all decisions on Scottish appeals to the Privy Council, the House of Lords / the new Supreme Court are included.
  These reports are available as printable PDFs that replicate the pagination of the hard copies.
Coverage: Coverage starts in 1821. The database also includes:
  Fraser's Court of Session Cases from 1898 to 1905
  Rettie's Session Cases from 1873 to 1897
  Macpherson's from 1862 to 1872
  Dunlop's from 1838 to 1861
  Shaw's from 1821 to 1837.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The collection includes all Lecture Notes titles; plus all English language e-books published from 2005 to date.
  Individual titles will be listed in DiscoverEd, but it is also possible to search or browse the publisher's site to access material.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The “Summaries of EU legislation” website presents the main aspects of European Union (EU) legislation in a concise, easy-to-read and unbiased way. It provides approximately 3 000 summaries of European legislation, divided into 32 subject areas corresponding to the activities of the European Union.


Access infromation: Access on and off campus. Alternative on campus login should also cover access to Westlaw International.
Description: Online legal research service delivering case law, legislation, journals, books, news & business information and current awareness. Chose Scots Law from drop down Services menu to search selected Scots Criminal Law titles. Full text of Scots Law Times, Edinburgh Law Review available to search. Covers EU law.
Trial access: We currently have trial access to all e-books on Westlaw during April 2017 - please select the books tab.  Trial end date to TBC.

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