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Subjects: Law

Purpose of this guide

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

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for Scottish law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Scottish law : quick start

Online resources

Holders of an Oxford SSO will discover that both Westlaw UK (which has eg the current edition of Gloag & Henderson: The Law of Scotland) and LexisLibrary (which has eg Stairs Memorial Encyclopedia) have specifically Scottish sources both primary and secondary.

The remaining links are to sources on the free web.

Sources available to anyone with access to the internet

The Bodleian Law Library's holdings of Scottish law report series, and Scottish law journals, as well as the current collection of printed monographs on Scottish law, are shelved on in different areas around the main Reading Room on  Level 2 

Current commentary on the law of Scotland (textbooks, monographs etc) has shelf marks beginning K.  For many legal topics, including those falling within public law (KM shelf marks) or private law (KN shelf marks) texts relating specifically to Scotland will be identified by either S3  or SCT in the third line of the shelf mark.
For example while the shelf mark KM 500 ZED 2026 would mean this (fictitious!) book is about criminal law in England, KM.500.S3. ZED 2026  would announce it as being on Scottish criminal law.

The Books page in this guide gives further tips for finding books on Scottish law in the Bodleian Law Library.

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