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Indigenous Peoples: legal resources: Books

Subjects: Law - Foreign Law

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian Law Library

Use the tabs above to understand how the Law Bod's collection is arranged. There is an Enquiry Desk on Level 2, just as you enter the main Reading Room: please do come and have a word if you are having any difficulty in using the library..

Help with finding books

The Law Library's collection is fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool.

Some Subject search terms with a clearly legal dimension to try in SOLO

Indigenous peoples (International law)
Self-determination, National
Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc
Indigenous peoples -- Civil rights
Indigenous peoples    Land tenure

Minorities   Legal status, laws, etc
Minorities -- Civil rights

Linguistic minorities -- Legal status, laws, etc
Linguistic rights

Race discrimination -- Law and legislation

Legal polycentricity
Customary law

Please use the boxes in the right hand column of this page to find guidance on particular aspects of indigenous law and natonal responses.

For those wishing to learn more about using searches, we recommend the following:

Guides to Methodology

Subject search terms to use in SOLO include:

Indigenous peoples -- Research -- Methodology
Indigenous peoples -- Research -- Moral and ethical aspects

Postcolonialism -- Research -- Methodology

Pay particular attention to the location of print books - you may well be directed to other parts of the Bodleian such as the Social Science Library or the Tylor.

Customary Law
Legal polycentricity
Sociology of Law


Cultural Diversity

The Law Library divides its current collections for jurisdictions across 3 levels. Each of these floors is connected by both stairs and a lift. There is also reader spaces on each floor, but we are happy for you to take books from one floor to another.

Level 2
This is the entrance level to the library. It has the books relating to the law of our home jurisdiction (UK/England and Wales), other parts of the British Isles and some of the common law jurisdictions. The shelf arrangement is explained in more detail below.

Level 3 
This is one floor above the entrance level to the library. Here you willl find the collection for the European jurisdictions.

Level 1 
This is one floor below the entrance level to the library. Here the remaining jurisdictions are arranged, alphabetically by the English name of the nation. This is where to find, for example, China, India, South Africa etc.

Subject searches to use in SOLO include

Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc
Indigenous peoples -- Civil rights
Indigenous peoples    Land tenure

Minorities   Legal status, laws, etc
Minorities -- Civil rights

Linguistic minorities -- Legal status, laws, etc
Linguistic rights

Race discrimination -- Law and legislation

 

You might find further pages in this guide helpful:

Level 2: Subject arrangement further explained

The Moys (K shelf mark) system is a subject classification. In the Law Bod, books on the law of England & Wales/UK are shelved first - with shelf marks made up of a subject indicator, followed by author/editor and publication date elements.

The titles on the law in certain (foreign) jurisdictions are shelved next (country by country). In the majority of cases, their shelf marks have a distinguishing feature: the third line is either a familiar abbreviation of the country name (eg AUS), or a combination of Capital Letter Number (eg A8) - as shown in table below. For example Eldridge and others (editors) Australian Contract Law in the 21st Century has shelf mark KN10.A8.ELD 2021.

A8 or AUS Australia
C1 or CAN Canada
G8 or GUE Guernsey 
I5 or IRL Ireland 
I7 or IOM Isle of Man
J2 or JER Jersey
N4 or NZL New Zealand
N8 or NIR Northern Ireland
S3 or SCT Scotland
U4 or USA United States
W1 or WLS Wales

On Level 2, the level at which you enter the Law Library, an area of the open shelf collection has books with shelf marks beginning General. 
This is where you will find comparative studies, and works surveying the response to legal problems in two or more jurisdictions. 

If all the countries being compared are (or were) members of the Commonwealth, the book should have a shelf mark beginning Cw Gen. This collection is also on Level 2, but separate from General.

Please ask at the Enquiry Desk on Level 2 if you are having difficulty finding your way round our collection.

The current collection of books on European Union law is shelved on Level 3, one floor above the level at which you enter the library. The floor is accessible via either stairs or the lift.

The books have shelf marks beginning Euro Comm. There is is no subject classification within the collection, the books being arranged alphabetically by the first names author/editor/

Looking for a Reading List title?
When you search SOLO for books on your Reading List you may find that the location is shown as Law Library Reserve Collection. The Reserve Collection is also on Level 2 but are shelved in a discrete run. Please ask at the Enquiry Desk for directions when you are next in the Law Library.
Note.  The books in the Reserve Collection are available to all categories of readers (not just those on the particular course),

International law books in the Reserve Collection have shelf marks beginning KC.

SOLO searches will bring back potentionally useful reading materials from other parts of the Bodleian - unless you decide to filter your search to an individual library.

For example a copy of the print book below is held in the Bodleian Social Science Library.

If your research has a United States focus, then you may be visiting the Bodleian Vere Harmsworth Library

The Bodleian History collections are another possibility