Law - Electronic Databases

Most of the bibliographic resources used to trace book chapters, articles in periodicals and specialist reports are now web-based. They provide references which you can then:

  • link to in full text if we subscribe to them, or
  • check on Primo to see if a particular book or journal title is available in the library or on another database

Access to online databases is restricted to University of Aberdeen staff and students. Many are accessible with your University username and password (Shibboleth login), though some require access using the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) when working off the campus network.

Useful legal databases include:

Westlaw UK on campus or Shibboleth login on or off campus.

Training videos and Interactive Lessons on Westlaw UK.

Westlaw UK Student User Guide.

Lexis®Library on campus or Shibboleth login on or off campus.

Lexis Law Campus Lexis help online. LexisNexis Legal Training Academy. Lexis PSL - guidance covering a multitude of practice areas.

HeinOnline on campus - (off campus use the VDI OR use UK Federation Login on the HeinOnline home page and log in with you usual University of Aberdeen computer username and password).

Getting Started in HeinOnline Quick Reference Guide.

KluwerArbitration (Off campus you must search Primo on the VDI to link out to KluwerArbitration).

Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL)  
PLEASE NOTE: The first time you select an article to download from OGEL you will be asked to supply your University of Aberdeen email address (in order to identify yourself). A message is sent to your email address containing a link back to OGEL - follow this link to complete the download. You need to do this only once per search session.

Off campus you must search Primo on the VDI to link out to OGEL.

Session Cases Archive [available from Justis] covering ‘Cases decided in the Court of Session 1822-1847'. Online version for University members only. Off-campus access requires login via 'Your Home Institution' link at the bottom of the Sign In box on the Justis home page.
Open Access Scottish Law Reports
A searchable database of over 650 key Scottish Cases since 1873 provided by the Scottish Council of Law Reporting. The full report is not available although details of the case and the opinion are.
Occupational Health & Safety Information Service (OHSIS)
OHSIS contains health, safety and environmental management materials, and comprehensive up-to-date access to industry and government information covering legislation, guidance, standards and best practice. Login using the UK Federation option.

An important database covering Business, Management and Trade containing scholarly and trade journal articles, dissertations, market reports, industry reports, business cases and global and trade news in The Economist, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

Casetrack (IP address)
OECD iLibrary 
European Union e-Justice Portal
UN Treaty Collection

FLARE Index to Treaties
Index of over 2000 of the most significant multilateral and bilateral treaties concluded since 1353, with information on where to find them in full text.

WorldLII (World Legal Information Institute)
Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law.

Viadrina International Law Project - multilingual database for international treaties.

Test database of Hansard (Official Debates Lords and Commons) 1803-2004
Public Information Online (Parliamentary Papers 2007-) (off campus use web proxy or this link for UK Federated access).

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers  (1688 to the 2009/10 session)

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