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Law and Legal Studies electronic resources 3: Quick Reference

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Citation and Abbreviation

Title Description
Afkortingenlijst juridische tijdschriften Abbreviations for European law journals and law reports from the Catholic University of Leuven. Coverage: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, England/UK, Switzerland, EU and international titles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations Find the meaning of abbreviations used for legal publications from around 300 jurisdictions. Focus is on English language law reports and journals, but other language titles, and selected major text books and legislative series are also included.
This site is freely available on the Internet
LawCite (AustLII) LawCite is an automatically generated law citator enabling discovery of citations to a given case or journal article in subsequent cases, journal articles and law reform reports. LawCite is in development under the direction of the Australian Legal Information Institute and partners.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
OSCOLA (Oxford Standard Citation of Legal Authorities) Guide to legal citation edited by Oxford University Law Faculty.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Table of Regnal Years of English Sovereigns Useful for constructing and understanding citations to legislation, this table, hosted by Harvard Law Library, enables regnal years to be mapped to calendar dates.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

Dictionaries, Glossaries and Encyclopaedias

Title Description
A to Z Guide to Legal Phrases Legal phrases explained. Provided by the Plain English Campaign.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
A to Z of Social Research SAGE 2003. Concise explanations of key concepts related to social research methods. Part of Credo Reference.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Collins Dictionary of Law Collins 2006. (3rd Edition). A dictionary aimed at business people and paralegals. Particular foci are business law and Scots and Irish law. Part of Credo Reference.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Credo Reference Credo Reference is an large online collection of reference books including dictionaries and handbooks from multiple disciplines including law, and related fields including philosophy, religion, history, sociology, anthropology, social research methods, criminal and youth justice systems, policing, penology, applied psychology, government and politics, visual discourse, socio-linguistics, cultural, critical, race and gender studies.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Encyclopaedia of Islam The online Encyclopaedia of Islam incorporates the entire text of volumes I to XI and Supplement (Volume XII) of the printed edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. Additional search facilities and the Supplement enable the user to efficiently search and combine data from a vast corpus of over 12,000 printed pages.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Glossary of Arabic terms used in teaching and learning Islamic law Archived version of the draft glossary produced as part of the Developing an Islamic Law Curriculum project at the former UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE).
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Glossary of Latin Court Terms Meanings of commonly used Latin legal terms provided by HM Courts and Tribunals Service at www.justice.gov.uk
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Lectric Law Library's Legal Lexicon Free online glossary of legal terms.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Oxford Reference Online: Law The law titles in this collection of online reference sources are: Dictionary of Law (2013), Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2007), Guide to Latin in International Law (2011), The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions (2012) andDictionary of Forensic Science (2013). Part of Oxford Reference Online
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.

Directories

Title Description
See Also Legal gateway sites such as AccesstoLaw, DeliaVenables' Legal Resources and LawLinks maintain browse-able links to online directories for law firms, expert witnesses, and other legal services. Online directories are also listed in the searchable descriptions of reliable websites indexed by Eagle-i.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Court Finder & Tribunals Contacts Contact and facilities details for courts and tribunals in England and Wales provided by HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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ITI Directory of members Institute of Translators and Interpreters. Directory offers search by legal specialisation.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Law Centres Federation Site includes contact details and website links for local law centres in Britain and Northern Ireland,
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Legal Adviser Finder A Legal Services Commission community legal advice website signposting solicitors and legal advice services operating in England and Wales within legal aid partnerships.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Ministry of Justice Organisations A “full list” of organisations involved in the public administration of justice with links to websites either nested within or external to justice.gov.uk
This site is freely available on the Internet
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SLSA Membership directory Membership directory of the UK's Socio-Legal Studies Association.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Dates, Calculators and Conversion Tables

Title Description
Ian's English Calendar Calculates and converts regnal years, ecclesiastical feasts, old and new style calendar dates. Provided by Ian MacInnes of Albion College Michigan.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Ogden Tables (7th ed) Actuarial tables with explanatory notes for use in Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Cases from the UK Government Actuary's Department website.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Table of Regnal Years of English Sovereigns Table hosted by Harvard Law Library, enabling regnal years to be mapped to calendar dates.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Term Date Calculator Calculator and historical background from New Square Chambers, for determining the dates of legal terms in England & Wales.
This site is freely available on the Internet.