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Regulation & Regulations: Books

Introduction

The majority of books held by the Bodleian Libraries, in both physical and electronic formats, can be searched via SOLO. On this page you will find recommended books, guidance on how to search for and access print and ebooks, and libraries in the University that might be relevant for your studies and research.

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian

Use the tab's above for further guidance.

Help with finding books

Both the collections of the Bodleian Law Library (LawBod) and the Social Science Library (SSL) are fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool. Please pay attention to the results of your SOLO searches when it comes to location.

The tabs Overviews, theory and In Practice in this box offer some guidance on subject search terms to get your research going.

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

Some recommended search terms & search strategies to use in SOLO are:

1) For regulation generally, theory and analysis

Delegated legislation

Soft law

Constitutional law

Governance

Executive power

Legislative power

Public administration

Administrative agencies

Administrative law

Administrative procedure

Independent regulatory commissions

Law and economics

2) For compliance dimension try 

Compliance   but perhaps also
Effectiveness and validity of law
Law -- Social aspects
Law -- Psychological aspects
Obedience (Law) 
Sociological jurisprudence

Tips for successful subject searching in SOLO

In some instances, regulation can be used as part of the subject string eg Trade regulation or Foreign trade regulation

If you are interested in the regulation of  a specific sectors try adding (according to which best reflect your research interests) one or other of these elements Law and legislation / Government policy / State supervision  / Economic aspects / in some instances perhaps even Safety regulations to the sector or industry.

For example: 
Financial Services Industry -- law and legislation; 
Financial institutions -- law and legislation;
International Finance law and legislation; 
Professional sports -- law and legislation; 
Public utilities -- Law and legislation;  
Public utilities -- Government policy;  
Public utilities -- Economic aspects; 
Public utilities --State supervision

Finally, consider whether adding a geographic filter might be good: eg Great Britain; or European Union Countries; or United States etc. The Shelf arrangement tab in this box will help you find find the right part of the library - and always feel free to ask for directions from the Enquiry Desk on Level 2 when you are in the Law Library.

Comparative works held in the Bodleian Law Library have shelf marks beginning General  or Cw Gen.
There is no subject classification within these shelf marks, books are arranged alphabetically by the last name of author/editor.
The current collections are on Level 2, the level at which you enter the library.

Looking for a Law 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),

The Law Library collection is over four floors.

Level 2 (the entrance level)
The KB-KN range of shelf marks has books relating to the domestic legal systems of the jurisdictions of the British Isles, Australia, Canada, NZ and USA.
The Moys (K shelf mark) system is the subject classification used: for example KN308- KN309 is the shelf mark range for works on financial regulation.
In the Law Bod, books on the law of England & Wales/UK (our home jurisdiction) are shelved first. Then come the books from the above mentioned common law jurisdictions, grouped country by country. 
In the majority of cases, the shelf marks of books relating to these foreign jurisdictions 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. 

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

Comparative works have shelf marks beginning General  or Cw Gen. There is no subject classification within these shelf marks, books are arranged alphabetically by the last name of author/editor.

Level 3 one floor above the entrance level.
This has books from
European jurisdictions divided into national collection with intuitive shelf marks. For example books on French law have shelf marks beginning France, on Spanish Law, Spain.  There is no subject classification within these shelf marks, books are arranged alphabetically by the last name of author/editor. 
European Union law  The shelf mark begins Euro Comm. There is no subject classification within these shelf marks, books are arranged alphabetically by the last name of author/editor.
Public International Law The shelf marks begin Internat
Private International Law
 The shelf marks begin  Private Int

The SSL's collection is shelved on one floor, following the Library of Congress Classification scheme.
In contrast to the Law Library, it has a lending collection. 

Recommend a book

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the print or ebook you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).

Inter-library loans

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the book you are looking for, we may be able to source it through Oxford's inter-library loan service.