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Subjects: Law

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying law (jurisprudence) at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for law and legal philosophy, including ebooks, ejournals and databases.

Finding legislation and case law

For Oxford's home jurisdictions, England & Wales & UK, there are two databases which will provide holders of an Oxford SSO with online access to legislation, most (but not all) of the English law report series and transcripts of judgments.

Sites on the free web accessible to all are

For guidance on finding statutes and case law from other jurisdictions, and the text of treaties and international conventions please use the guides available from the Sources of Law page in this guide which can be reached by the tab above or link below.

Finding books for law

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks for law and printed books, the majority available in the Bodleian Law Library. Our Topic and Jurisdiction guides have more tips on how and where to find specifically relevant law books. The print collection in the Law Library is shelved over four floors, with seating for readers on each floor. 
Please note: the entire print collection in the Bodleian Law Library is reference only: we do not lend, there is no borrowing.

If you need help with SOLO, take a look at the guide below for tips on searching, managing results and using your SOLO account.

Key journals for English law

A lot of journals, as well as being available in print, are available electronically and can be discovered by searching  SOLO or  eJournals A-Z. Many English & UK legal articles are available to holders of an Oxford SSO via  the Journals sections of both Westlaw Edge UK and Lexislibrary, they do include them all. The third link below is an example of a very important journal which is only available via other platforms.  Our Topic and Jurisdiction guides have more tips on the specialist law journals which are important for their study.

Law journals can be difficult to find using SOLO, so the Law Library has devised our own online tool to help

Interdisciplinary interests? If you want to search for e-journals by subject or browse all e-journals to which the University subscribes, the dedicated e-Journals A-Z platform is designed to make this easier

Key legal databases

Oxford subscribes to many databases for law.  Two key ones will be already familiar from above, but below are a couple more of the most frequently used.  Our Topic and Jurisdiction guides will indicate which databases are available/best for their study. The quickest way to see all the legal databases that are available is to visit the Law Library's webpage Legal Databases at Oxford

Interdisciplinary interests? If you would like to search for and browse all databases the University subscribes to, you can do so through our dedicated Databases A-Z platform or SOLO.

On the free web, the following databases will be particularly useful for research postgraduates:

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