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Legal resources at Oxford University: Home

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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 common law 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.

For countries from other legal traditions see if there is a jurisdiction guide to help

Finding books for law

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks for law and printed books, the majority available in the Bodleian Law Library. Note that the Law Library's collection is reference only, with no borrowing.  Our Topic and Jurisdiction guides have more tips on how and where to find relevant law books. The print collection in the Law Library is shelved over four floors, with seating for readers on each floor.

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 searched via SOLO or eJournals A-Z. Below are a few of the key English law journals accessible online for holders of an Oxford SSO.  Our Topic and Jurisdiction guides have more tips on how and where to find the relevant specialist journals.

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 or browse all e-journals the University subscribes to, you can do so through our dedicated e-Journals A-Z platform, or SOLO.

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 the second link below. 

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 researchers:

Related guides

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View of the main Reading Room, which is immediately inside the entrance, from the Gallery or Floor 3.

When the Law Library opened in 1964 it was among the first pieces of "modern" architecture to be built in post WW2 Oxford.
Picture credits: Jerry Phillips

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