None of the databases are fully comprehensive and as the majority are commercially produced they only contain content that they have permission to reproduce and this is typically material that they have published themselves or they have been able to 'buy' from other publishers. On this page is a selection of some of the major UK databases. There are online tutorials for these on the Legal Research Skills guide. A list of all legal databases in the Bodleian are contained on our website , please use the link below:
Westlaw Edge UK is produced by Thomson Reuters and is one of major UK Legal databases. It is a subscription database and available to OU members with an Oxford SSO. (On initial visit, each reader is asked to set up a personal registration - but this does not involving changing the username/password credentials.) Our subscription includes Practical Law.
Law Reports and Cases
Lexis+ UK (formerly LexisLibrary) is produced by Lexis Nexis (formally Butterworths) and is one of the major UK legal databases. It is a subscription database which is available to OU members with an Oxford SSO. Contents include:
Law Reports and Cases
i-law is a specialist legal database. OU members have access to material which includes:
vlex Justis (formerly JustisOne)
HeinOnline is a legal database which from a UK Law perspective is useful for its law journal collection, and Anglo-American legal historians benefit from five specialist databases Statutes of the Realm, English Reports, the Legal Classics and Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law.
Legislation.gov.uk is free to anyone with access to the internet. It is maintained by the UK Government. It replaced the Statute Law Database and the legislation section of OPSI.
Contents (taken from the website)
The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) provides access to the most comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials that are available for free and in one place on the internet. BAILII is hosted in the UK and Ireland by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London and the Law Faculty, University College Cork. (Taken from website).
From April 2022, the National Archives (TNA, UK) has begun hosting a searchable database of transcripts of judgments from the England and Wales High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and tribunal decisions from the Upper Tribunals. As of June 2023 coverage starts with decisions of 2003.