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Web guide Legal Sources for Global Law (TLS) and Major Law (LAS)

About this guide

Searching legal information on national of international level can be challenging: you have to deal with divergent legal systems and various sources of law.

To support you in searching relevant legal information this guide

  • offers an overview of websites and selected databases on international and national law for searching treaties, legislation, case law and legal literature
  • refers to online tutorials and user guides
  • provides information on referencing, useful tools and support

Tip:  Do you want to know more about a specific legal system or topic? Check Starting points for research guides. 

International and EU Law

Starting points

Treaties and EU legislation

Case law

National law

Starting points

Legislation and Case Law

  • Hein Online – section: World Constitutions illustrated: current constitution for every country in its original language format and an English translation, as well as links to scholarly articles and online resources, and bibliographic references.
  • WorldLII – Categories: links to legislation by country and case law by country. Choose 'Legislation' or 'Court and Case Law'.
  • Westlaw Next: full-text legislation and treaties mainly covering common law systems USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, UK and the EU law.
  • Beck Online (German only): portal to German law: contains legislation, case law, books, journals and commentaries
  • N-Lex: gateway for the national law of the EU-member states - from this page you can access the official databases of national laws.
  • Overheid.nl (Dutch only): database containing the complete Dutch legislation in full-text.
  • Legal Intelligence (Dutch only): portal to Dutch and European legislation, case law, official publications and legal literature.
  • Kluwer Navigator (Dutch only): portal containing full text Dutch legislation, case law and legal literature.

Legal literature

Besides searching Google Scholar or multidisciplinary databases like WorldCat Local or Web of Science you find legal literature (articles, research papers, books, journals) in specialized databases:

  • Hein Online – Law Journal Library: access to the full text of nearly 650 American legal periodicals.
  • Westlaw Next – section: World journals: full text law journals mainly covering the USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the European Union.
  • Oxford Journals - section Law: full text of over 50 law journals 
  • Springer Link - full text of over 50 law journals
  • SSRN Social Sciences Research Network: full text articles and working papers.
  • Find-eR: catalog of the library of the European Commission with descriptions of books, reports, EU documents and articles on EU related issues.

Referencing

  • RefCite: online course on using and referencing sources and avoiding plagiarism
  • OSCOLA
    The OSCOLA website contains the complete PDF-version of the OSCOLA 4th edition 2012 (PDF), a quick reference guide and an additional guide for citing other international law (e.g. treaties)
    The following guide and tutorial help you to become familiar with using OSCOLA:

Support

Writing and information skills

  • At the Scriptorium you can find everything about writing and information skills. The website offers a wide range of tips and tricks, tools, tutorials, links to courses and you can make an appointment for personal counseling.

Online tutorials or user guides for:

Tools

Reference managers

To collect and manage references and for compiling reference lists bibliographies, you can use a reference manager. There are a lot of different reference managers systems, some freely available on the internet.

The reference manager that you can use as a Tilburg University student is Endnote (Web). More information. An example of a free online reference manager:

Dictionaries