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Database Guides: Laws of Scotland Online

Information about using the various databases in the A-Z Online Resources,


What is it?

The Laws of Scotland Online is an electronic version of the Stair Memorial Encyclopedia, which is a key resource in Scots law.

What is it for?

Use Laws of Scotland Online to find information about Scots Law on a specific topic. It is very useful for getting concise background on a topic or starting essay research.

How to access it

Login to the Portal and then choose Laws of Scotland Online from the A-Z list of online resources

How to search
IMPORTANT: See below for essential information about how to search Laws of Scotland Online.

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Further help

Click on "help" at the top right of the Laws of Scotland Online screen.


Click on the search link (1).  The sources drop down menu should read “Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia” (2).  Enter your search in to the search box (3) and then click on the red search button. 

screenshot of laws of scotland.  Do not use the search tab in the top left of the screen - use the search button after the text entry boxes instead.

Do not use the search tab (labelled with "4" in the above diagram). This will search all of the LexisLibrary products, not just Laws of Scotland online.

If you want to carry out another search in Laws of Scotland Online use the "Commentary - Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia" breadcrumb to go back to the search screen. Do not use the search tab.

Use the link for "Commentary - Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia".

Whilst you are using Laws of Scotland Online, the sources box should always say “Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia”.  If it says “All available sources” (or anything else), close Internet Explorer, reopen it, and try your search again.


You can also browse through Laws of Scotland Online. Click on browse, and then click on the plus symbols to open the volumes and paragraphs.

location of plus symbol to expand category

Locating a case

Use the search link (1) to find discussion of cases within Laws of Scotland Online. Enter the names of the parties involved in the "Search Terms" box (2).

Search link is at left of screen (not the search option on the tabs); search terms box is near centre