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Law: Books

This guide is a list of sources for legal research.

Oxford Scholarship Online e-books

Over 700 eBooks from Oxford University Press. These are monographs rather than core textbooks which you can access via Library Search or via the OSO website, restricting your results to 'Availability - unlocked'. 

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

Core Legal Skills

These books will help you gain knowledge and legal skills you'll find useful for all your law modules.

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:

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 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:

Some Recent Books

Theses and Dissertations

PhD/ MPhil theses

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

Undergraduate/ taught masters dissertations

  • The Library does not normally hold undergraduate or taught masters dissertations.  University of Southampton students should enquire at their Faculty Office regarding any local arrangements for access to previous students' dissertations or final year projects.