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Law: Books

This guide is a list of sources for theses and dissertations. It will also help you find potential topics for your dissertation.

Breaking News - 100 more 'Oxford Scholarship Online' e-books added

We have added just over 100 new e-books from Oxford University Press, bringing our OSO Law total to almost 700 e-books.  These can all be accessed via WebCat or via the OSO website, restricting your results to 'Availability - unlocked'.  These are monographs rather than core text books, so help to broaden your research.

Examples include the following:

Christopher Kuner: Transborder data flows and data privacy law

Nicole Roughan: Authorities: Conflicts, Cooperation, and Transnational Legal Theory

Joshua D. H. Karton: The Culture of International Arbitration and The Evolution of Contract Law

Amos N. Guiora: Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism

Mark L Flear, Anne-Maree Farrell, Tamara K Hervey, and Thérèse Murphy: European Law and New Health Technologies

Key texts

Your reading lists will direct you to the core texts on each subject, but here are a few books which may help all law students to hone their skills!

Key Locations

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for most subjects.  The books are arranged by codes called 'call numbers'.  Here's a brief guide to the main call numbers for Law, but to find specific items, always check WebCat for detailed locations and availability.

Call Number     Subject     
K Law - General
KB - KD English Law
KH European Union Law
KR Australian Law
KS North American Law
KX Comparative Law
KY Computer Law
JX 2000 - International Law
HV 6000 -  Criminology

Call Numbers Explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:

TK 2380.45 GAR 

306.47 GEL 

B OCEAN (Physical) Kna 

Although the codes look different, they work in much the same way: the combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.

Some new books for Law

Some online reference works

Online dictionaries and encyclopaedias can be very useful places to start your research.  There are some general ones, e.g.. the Oxford Dictionary of Law which is part of Oxford Reference and Halsbury's Laws of England which is part of Lexis Library.  There are also subject-specific ones, for example:

Cannot Find What You Are Looking For?

How to use eBooks

Interactive tutorials using examples from major eBook providers:

A complete list of our eBook collections is available, as well as information on access and passwords.

Theses and Dissertations

PhD/ MPhil theses

  • the library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on WebCat
  • many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton

Undergraduate/ taught masters dissertations

  • a limited number of these are held in the library
  • for most subject areas students should ask at their Faculty Office for access
  • there are more details about finding theses available


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