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Constitutions and constitutional law: Constitutional law

Purpose of this guide

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

Use this guide to find out about sources for the full text of constitutions and commentary for constitutional law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Using this guide

Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent tab in the range you can see above this box (below the main title of this guide).

Separate Law Bod guides exist which may help you further in this and related studies.

Constitutions & constitutional law: quick start

Below are some titles to get your studies started. But there are more titles which are only available in hard copy still, so see the section below the links.

Printed resources

As constitutional law is a compulsory topic for undergrads at Oxford, some of the books on Reading Lists are kept in the Law Reserve Collection - just ask a member of staff at the Enquiry Desk on Level 2 in the main Reading Room.

But there are a lot more books about the constitution  on open shelf on Level 2 - in the KM  section in particular, but some on the legal system in  KL may also be useful.

Constitutional theory will be on Level 2 with shelf marks beginning either Jurisp or KA 

Online resources: A Selection

Printed resources

Monographs on constitutional law of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and United States of America can be found in the KM & KL open shelf books on Level 2. The third line of the shelf mark will indicate which jurisdiction is being studied (it is not always obvious from title alone!): A8, C1, I5, N4, and U4.

Other jurisdictions have obvious shelf marks - for example France for French constitutional law, China for PRC etc.
Level 3 has the collections for the nations of Europe (other than the UK and Ireland); Level 3 has the other country collections.

The shelf mark General is the major collection of comparative studies. It is on Level 2.

Depending on your focus of study, it is very possible that SOLO searches will reveal useful titles in other Bodleian libraries - not just our nearest neighbour, the SSL.

Use the links to the library websites below check their opening hours etc. There are also a couple of Bodleian guides written by subject librarians for more guidance.