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Lexis Library: How to use Lexis Library: Lexis Library Commentary

How to access the Lexis Library database service and use it to find: case law, legislation, journal articles and more. This also includes information about how to access international materials on Lexis Library.


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Commentary (books) on Lexis Library

‘Commentary’ (books) on Lexis®Library include:

  • general legal encyclopaedias (e.g. Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and Halsbury’s Laws of England); and
  • specialist practitioner texts (e.g. Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law, , Laddie, Prescott & Vitoria: The Modern Law of Copyright and Designs, Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice).

You can access the ‘Commentary’ search screen by selecting ‘Commentary’ on the top menu bar.

Tip: If you wish to see a full list of available UK commentary titles, select 'Browse' to the left of the Commentary search screen. You can then select individual titles to search.

Using Halsbury's Laws of England

Halsbury's Laws of England is a key legal encyclopaedia covering English Law.  It is an example of 'commentary' available on Lexis®Library.

Using Commentary on Lexis Library

Selecting a source

The default setting in the ‘Sources’ box is ‘All Subscribed Commentary Sources’. You can specify a particular source from the drop-down menu or select a source by selecting ‘More Sources’. For example, to select the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia:

Select ‘More Sources’.

Select ‘Commentary’.

Tick the box beside ‘Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia’,

Select ‘OK – Continue’ to return to the commentary search screen.

Searching Commentary

Enter your terms in the ‘Search terms’ or ‘Heading’ box.

Select ‘Search’ to display results .

Select the document title to view the full-text.

Browsing Commentary

Select the ‘Browse’ link in the left-hand column. Navigate through the source by using +/-. Select an individual heading title to view the full-text.

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