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What are eResources?

 Databases (or eResources) provide access to quality academic resources for your work eResources are electronic information resources which can be accessed online and searched by topic, so you can quickly and easily find relevant information. 

  • .Most provide an abstract summarising what the article is about - use this to see if you want to read the full text. 
  • You will get the full text online for most results. If full text is not available, click on Is it @ Solent? to check the library catalogue for access via a different source. 
  • If it is not available from another source, use the link on the Library Catalogue to request the article as an Inter Library Loan (please see Inter Library Loans for guidance and allowances)

Legal eResources such as Westlaw and LexisLibrary provide access to UK and EU case law and legislation, scholarly journal articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, international materials and much more. 

Used by all major law firms, they are constantly updated and our Solent Library subscription therefore allows you access to the latest high-quality legal information 24/7.


Used by legal professionals, this key resource also contains Westlaw Insight, a legal encyclopedia, which is great for starting your research, as well as EU materials, UK regulatory and guidance materials, international materials, practitioner books and a current awareness service.

Great for your CV and proves you can search this resource effectively. 

Simply complete the online tutorial, answer the questions and receive your certificate in the post.

Advanced certification is also available.

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Select and view the UK Westlaw Training - find Legislation link to view  their video which provides an overview of finding and using legislation on Westlaw UK.


The legislation section now includes regulatory and guidance materials which you may also find useful.

Select the text below to watch the short video on using Westlaw International Materials

Westlaw International Materials

Lexis+ UK

Used by legal professionals, this key resource also contains the Halsbury's Laws of England encyclopedia which is great for starting your research and very authoritative. 

It also includes a glossary, practitioner works and a current awareness service. 


Great for your CV and proves you can search this resource effectively. 

Complete the basic and/or advanced questions online:

Lexis+ UK YouTube overview video

Lexis+ UK YouTube advanced video

Practical Guidance: This content was previously available via the Lexis PSL Platform

Practical Guidance is now fully integrated with Legal Research on Lexis+, so you can see guidance and the underlying law it supports all in one place.

It includes practice notes, precedents, forms, drafting notes, checklists, flowcharts, client-ready materials and the latest legal developments, arranged by topic. This online legal know-how services complements the materials available via the Legal Research service and links through to accompanying commentary and primary law.


Hall and Stott Law Ebooks

HeinOnline (Law Journal Library)

Contains more than 2,000 law and law-related periodicals from the first published issue.

You can download the mobile app too!

For video help, view HeinOnline's guidance via:


Other help materials include:

i-law - Maritime legal materials

This is a great place to start researching maritime law! 

Within the Maritime & Commercial section you can access:

  • key maritime books and looseleafs electronically such as The Ratification of Maritime Conventions
  • full archive of the Lloyds Law Reports, the specialist series for shipping cases (also available in the Law Library)
  • full-text articles from leading maritime journals: Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law QuarterlyLloyd's Maritime Law NewsletterMaritime Risk International and Shipping & Trade Law

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Try out other sources for maritime law via the Maritime Legal Topics guide



For current articles:

For historical materials:

You can also take a look at the libguide for News and Newspapers


You may also want to consult:

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is part of the LinkedIn network. It is a website packed full of videos, tutorials and fully-curated courses taught by recognised industry experts offering high-quality instructional videos across a broad range of topics.

You must be logged in to LinkedIn Learning via SOL to view this course.

To login:

  • Login to Solent Online Learning in a new tab.
  • Then use this link to authenticate.
  • Then you can search or browse for courses.

TV and radio

Social Science Indices

Other useful eResources

Databases (eResources): Test your knowledge?

Guided Learning Activity