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Law - Public International: Journals

What is a journal?

A journal (also known as a 'periodical') is basically an academic magazine. They can be published in print and/or online as e-journals. 

They are published at regular intervals (e.g. weekly, monthly or quarterly) and so they are good for keeping you up to date with legal developments.   

Law journals contain articles by learned authors, such as university academics. By reading these articles, you can enhance your understanding of legal issues.  

If a journal is 'peer reviewed' this means it contains articles that have been critically reviewed by experts in the field before being published. 

What is a law journal abbreviation?

Often the title of a law journal will be referred to using an abbreviation, e.g. LJIL for Leiden Journal of International Law.

To find out what an abbreviation means, check the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

How do I find journal articles for public international law?

The best way to find journal articles on public international law is to use mySearch. This is the library's search engine, which searches across many databases simultaneously.

To find mySearch, login to Brightspace and select 'Library & Study Support'. Click on 'Library'. In the centre of the screen, you will see the mySearch box. You should always select 'Advanced Search', which allows you to search more effectively. 

How do I search mySearch?

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What is a law journal article citation?

You may see law journal articles referred to using a citation. 

The citation tells you who wrote the article, what it's about and where it has been published.