Legal journals (sometimes referred to as periodicals) typically contain articles, comments on recent legal developments, notes of new cases, book reviews and professional news.
The majority of the journals we subscribe to are available online, although older volumes of some titles are only available in print. The few titles which we do not have access to online are shelved in alphabetical order at the back of the Law Library.
Used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of an academic journal is the Harvard Law Review.
Generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items too. An example of a magazine is the New Law Journal.
Published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include a section on education, but are wide in scope. An example of a newspaper is The Guardian.
Usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of a trade publication is the Law Society Gazette.
The following databases are useful for searching for journal articles on a specific subject and identifying where you can find them online:
If you know the title of the article you need, you can enter it directly in the Explore search box. If UCL Libraries have an electronic subscription to the journal in which the article is published, this will appear in your results list and you can download the full-text following the instructions provided. The same applies if you're looking for a journal article using one of the many article-specific UCL Databases.