Information Services


Some useful resources for Law are listed below.


IAReporter (Investment Arbitration Reporter )

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Access on and off campus.


Investment Arbitration Reporter is a news and analysis service tracking international arbitrations between foreign investors and governments.   It offers proprietary insight into breaking legal developments and policy trends in investment treaty arbitration, as well as reports on the latest legal pleadings, decisions and arbitral awards


Beck Online Premium

Access information: Available on campus only however during COVID-19 closure, access is available via the VPN see note below. 
Description: Beck Online Premium covers German law and is a leading provider of German language material. Beck Online Premium includes about 500 (full text) handbooks, lexica and commentaries, over 90 (full text) professional law journals and an abundance of statutes and court decisions.

Beck have now authorised the University of Edinburgh for remote access to their database. Please go to read the registration instructions (english language further down the page).

While you are on the VPN and at the login box on the right hand side will display University of Edinburgh (see attachment) and then you can start the registration process using  your University of Edinburgh email address.

You will create your own username and password after that, use it to log into the Beck database whilst still on the VPN.


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.


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.


Climate Change and Law Collection

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Access on and off campus


This comprehensive collection of climate change and law documents contains original source, non-edited and non-redacted “grey literature” (non-peer reviewed) in English, centered on climate change and the law. Incorporated in the category of ‘law’ is any discipline of law which addressed climate change, including corporate law, environmental law and human rights law. Materials in the collection originate from a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector, institutions, and/or individuals, world-wide.


Emerald Insight

Access information: Access on and off-campus.

Access to over 120 journals. 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


House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

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Access on and off campus.

Description: The 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers contains bibliographic records and searchable full text for papers printed between 1688-2014. It also includes Hansard 1803-2005.
Further information: The collection does not include the House of Commons Journal, or daily business papers, such as Order papers and Votes and Proceedings, nor does it include Acts.  User guide located at


House of Lords Parliamentary Papers (1800-1910)

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Access on and off campus.


The House of Lords Parliamentary Papers (1800-1910) is an essential research resource that, along with the existing House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database, provides a complete picture of the working and influence of the UK Parliament during the pivotal 19th century. As the working documents of government, the papers encompass wide areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, and many contributors were found outside the official world – providing evidence to committees and commissions during a time when the Lords still wielded considerable power.

The Library already has access to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers and the two databases are cross-searchable.

Further information: User guide located at


i-law Maritime

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Access on and off campus. 5 concurrent users.

You will also need to enter your University of Edinburgh email address on the first login screen AND the username and password to be found on the Electronic resources: usernames page on the second login screen to access fulltext.


Covers publications, forms & documents, legislation, practice notes & events relating to maritime law.

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A comprehensive research tool for international trade and investment law.  It includes decisions and awards for investment-treaty claims cases, arbitration rules, and investment and trade treaties and agreements.  Through its research tools, including article, jurisprudence and publication citators, ISLG has mapped the world of investment treaty law by capturing the relationships between treaties, arbitral rules, cases and other key materials.


Access information. Available on or off campus.
Description. JUTA Law is one of the leading publishers of legal content from Africa, an extremely important resource for comparative study. Content in Jutastat includes: South African Law Reports from 1947 to date and South African case law from 1838, South African Statutes, Zimbabwe Law Reports, Statutes of Zimbabwe, Tanzania Law Reports, Statutes of Tanzania, Zambia Law Reports, Statutes of Zambia, Namibia Law Reports, Statutes of Namibia, as well as Juta’s online journal content: Acta Juridica, Annual Survey of SA Law, South African Law Journal, South African Journal of Criminal Justice, South African Mercantile Law Journal, Stellenbosch Law Review, Tydskrif vir die Suid Afrikaanse Reg / Journal of South African Law.  Subject coverage includes administrative, civil procedure, commercial, constitutional, criminal, intellectual property, international, labour, mining, revenue and shipping law.


Kluwer Arbitration

Access information: Access on and off campus. 
Description: Kluwer Arbitration contains a wealth of full text arbitration related material and primary sources, covering over 195 international jurisdictions.  Content includes books, looseleaf publications, journals, Bilateral Investment Treaties, the text of almost 600 laws, rules for major institutions, and court decisions (including Chinese court decision summaries)


LexisLibrary is a key resource

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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 the link to the University of Edinburgh).

Description: Online legal research service covering case law, legislation and most UK national and regional newspapers. Includes Butterworths Scots Law Direct (Laws of Scotland) which contains essential services for anyone interested in Scots law, including Scottish Case Reports Direct and Scottish Legislation Direct.


The Making of Modern Law is a key resource

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.
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.


Practical Law is a key resource

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
Description: Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt through to Richard M. Nixon all secretly recorded many of their conversations in the Oval Office. The resulting 5,000 hours of telephone and meeting tape recorded during their time in the White House capture some of the most significant moments in modern American political history. From Birmingham to Berlin, from Medicare to My Lai, from Selma to SALT, and from Watts to Watergate, the presidential recordings offer a unique window into the shaping of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. This history is now accessible via the Presidential Recordings Digital Edition (PRDE), the online portal for annotated transcripts of the White House tapes published by the Presidential Recordings Program (PRP). The transcripts are presented in PRDE alongside the corresponding audio, enabling users to read and listen to these conversations simultaneously. The database currently has recordings and transcripts from Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon and the site is updated regularly.


ProQuest Congressional

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Access on or off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.


ProQuest Congressional offers a comprehensive collection of congressional documents from 1789 to the present. This primary source collection offers you an opportunity to understand the present by comparing today’s events and opinions with trends and patterns throughout our nation’s history. The Library has access to the following collections through ProQuest Congressional:

  • Congressional Basic.
  • Congressional Hearings Digital Collection Historical Archive, Parts A-C (1824-2010).
  • Congressional House and Senate Unpublished Hearings, Parts A-C (1973-1992).
  • Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection, Parts A-D (1789-2009).
  • Congressional Research Digital Collection Historical Archive, Parts A-B (1830-2010).
  • Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions, 1789-2013.
  • Executive Branch Documents, Parts 1-5 (1789-1948).
  • Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, 1789-Present.
  • U.S. Serial Set 1 Digital Collection, 1789-1969.
  • U.S. Serial Set 2 Digital Collection, Parts A-D (1970-2010).
  • U.S. Serial Set  Maps Digital Collection Complete.
Coerage: 1789 - present.


ProQuest Law Sources via Proquest Congressional Platform

Proquest Law Sources via History Vault Platform

Access information. Access on and off campus.

ProQuest enables access to historical material that legal historians will find of interest. Resources include:

  • Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations 1789-Present - Congressional Platform Link;
  • History Vault: African American Police League Records, 1961-1988 - History Vault link;
  • History Vault: Law and Society since the Civil War - History Vault link;
  • History Vault: Nazi Looted Art and Assets: Records on the Post-World War II Restitution Process, 1942-1998 - History Vault link;
  • History Vault: Slavery and the Law - History Vault link; Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions 1789-2013 - Congressional Platform Link;
Coverage: 1789 onwards.
Note: The Library's subscription to this resource expires on 31 December 2021.



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 29 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1806 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.


Session Cases online from 1821 - Cancelled 28/2/20 - content is available in Westlaw and LexisLibrary

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.

The collection includes all Lecture Notes titles, plus English language e-books published from 2005 to date with the following exceptions: 

  • Energy Collection: perpetual access from 2015 onwards (this collection began in 2013 and we don't have access to 2013-14).
  • Intelligent Technologies and Robotics Collection: we only have lease access to this newer collection until our SHEDL contract is renewed in 2021.
  • Palgrave: Palgrave merged with Springer in 2016. We have perpetual access to Palgrave collections from 2016  onwards with the following exceptions:
    • History collection - no access to 2016 titles in this collection. Lease only from 2017 onwards.
    • Religion & Philosophy collections - no access to 2016 titles in this collection. Lease only from 2017 onwards.

Individual titles are listed in DiscoverEd, but it is also possible to search or browse the SpringerLink platform 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.



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TradeLawGuide provides comprehensive and methodical research tools for WTO law.  Its primary document collection includes the WTO agreements and instruments, jurisprudence, dispute settlement procedural documents and negotiating history. Designed to account for the important role of jurisprudence in the development of WTO law, a suite of citators provides comprehensive substantive references to WTO, pre-WTO and Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties provisions as well as cross-references within jurisprudence to interpret provisions and update or distinguish jurisprudence.  Annotated Agreements, Treaty Interpretation, Terms & Phrases, Subject Navigator, Dispute Settlement Body Minutes (for policy issues arising in jurisprudence) and Jurisprudence Pending provide additional value-added content.  Sophisticated full-text search functions are provided for all research tools and document collections along with detailed summaries and commentaries on WTO jurisprudence.


Westlaw is a key resource

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Access on and off campus. Westlaw International can be accessed via the Region drop-down menu in the top left hand corner of the Westlaw homepage.

Description: Online legal research service delivering case law, legislation, journals, books, news & business information and current awareness. Scots law materials can be accessed through the More tab. Content includes Scottish Legislation, Cases, regulatory and guidance materials, journals and books. Covers EU law.
Note: Because of a platform change in August 2019, ALL users will be required to register/re-register  their University of Edinburgh email address.


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