Books and journals

vLex houses a comprehensive collection of legal books and journals, providing authoritative guidance for your research.

Search for books and journals using the simple search bar, then use the Books and journals filter. You can also start from Browse and filter to Books and journals, or filter by Content on the Advanced search page.

Books and journals from Browse

From Browse, click Books and journals. You can choose one of the featured publishers here, or you can select Full list of books and journals or View all to be taken to the Results page.

Filters in Browse depend on the collection of books available for your jurisdiction.

From Advanced search, select Books and journals as your content type. Then conduct your search as normal.

When you select Books and journals, you will see content-specific filters appear at the bottom of the page.

Filters for books and journals

The content-specific filters that appear at the bottom of the Advanced search page are:

  • Title: search for words that appear in the title. You can include Boolean operators in this field. For example, you may want to put the exact title between quotation marks to find one specific book or journal.

  • Date: this is the publication date. This field will show three options:

    • Since: select a date to only see books or journals that have been published after it.

    • Range of dates: indicate two dates and get results published within that range.

    • Exactly on: select a specific publishing date for the book or journal you are searching for.

  • vLex Document ID: this is a number you can use to identify and share documents with other users. You can get this number from the share menu.

  • Author: search for all work by a particular author.

  • Source type: displays a list of types of publications to search across.

  • Category: displays a list of areas of law. Click in the box to see a list of options.

  • Source: search for content from one particular publication. Click in the box to see a list of options.

  • Publisher: search for content from a particular publisher. Click in the box to see a list of options.

Reading a book or journal

After selecting a book, vLex will take you to an overview page with general information about the publication on the left, and a Table of contents on the right. This page also has a search field at the top of the left side.

Similarly, when you select a journal, vLex will show you general information about the publication on the left, a list of articles from the latest issue in the central column, and a list of links to the previous issues on the right.

The search bar available in the top-left of books and journals pages can be used to search within the publication for keywords or passages. You can use Boolean operators in this field too.

When you select an article in a journal or a chapter from a book, tabs will appear along the top of the page, which will differ depending on the content. The most common tabs are:

  • Document: the full text of the chapter or the article.

  • Cited authorities: a list of other documents cited within the text.

  • Related: cited materials and other related documents, discovered by Vincent AI.

With books, you can add highlights and notes, use document management tools such as add to folders, mark as a favourite, print, share, and download. With journals, as well as those options you also have the ability to follow a publication and receive updates when new issues are available on vLex.

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