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Last Updated: May 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Find EU policy in a particular subject area. 

Start on the European Commission website under “Policies”.  This will take you to the site of the individual units of the commission which often have really good overviews of legislation and EU actions.

Find a document by regulation or directive number. 

Legal documents are all found on the Eur-lex website  Search “by document number” to find regulations and directives.  COM documents are found under “Collections” and “Preparatory Acts”.

Find a document by Official Journal citation.

Legal documents are all found on the Eur-lex website  Search “by OJ reference”.  The online OJ is linked to a PDF which is a page image of the print.

Find ECJ case law.

The best place to search ECJ decision is on Westlaw (EU-CS) or Lexis (Eurcom;ECJ).  The court itself also has a website  which is better than Eur-Lex but not as good as Westlaw or Lexis.

Find the legislative history of an EU law.

Pre-lex includes a complete history of every legislative document.  It is most easily used if you have the COM document number of the initial draft legislation.

Find scholarly articles on EU law topics.

The commission library has a great database of books and articles on EU topics called ECLAS .  This is not full-text, but can be used to find full-text articles.  Another good source is the Legal Journals Index on Westlaw (LJI) which is an index of UK articles.

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