Christmas databases

By | 21 December 2020

Those of you that have followed the blog for a number of years will remember that we usually finish off the year with a series of festive posts.  This year, as with a lot of other things, we have had to put our pens to one side to focus on adapting to the new normal.  However, it wouldn’t be right to leave this year without at least one Christmas post.

As many of us have been relying more heavily on e-resources, I thought I would highlight some of the ‘lesser known’ legal online resources we have access to.  An (almost) full list can be found on our Legal Databases page, you may also find more guidance on e-resources in your area with our Libguides.


is for Constitutions of the countries of the world.  This database strictly speaking should not be a ‘C’ as the new title now includes ‘Oxford’.  From Aargu to Zurich it is a great starting point for researchers with content from current constitutions and foundation documents to commentary and analysis.

 is for HeinOnline.  Many will know HeinOnline for articles from their extensive Law Journal Library and so it does not fall into the category of ‘lesser known’.  However there are so many other ‘libraries’ available via HeinOnline that you may not know about.  See the screenshot below for the list!

 is for Refworld.  This is free site that has a collection of material collected by the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) to aid decisions on refugee status. Use “Quick Links” to access (inter alia) collections of national legislation and national and international case decisions (including tribunals and administrative bodies)

 is for Informit Indigenous Collection.  The Informit Indigenous Collection covers a range of subjects, not just legal. The primary focus is material from and about the Asia Pacific region. The full text Collection contains journals, books, conference proceedings and reports.

 is for Sabinet Reference aka Sabinet Law Collection.  This a full text database of South African and African legal publications, both academic and trade.



is for Trade Law Guide.  A useful site full of tools that will help you research WTO jurisprudence and commentary.


 is for Making of Modern Law: legal treatises 1800-1926 and Making of the Modern World (MOMW).  MOML is predominantly a database of historical Anglo-American legal treatises including casebooks, letters, pamphlets and speeches. MOMW is a digital facsimile images of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published between 1450 & 1850. Useful for legal history topics with commercial, financial, social, political or mercantile dimensions.

 is for Arbitration (Kluwer). As you would expect, Kluwer Arbitration provides access to a range of resources on commercial international arbitration.  From commentary to access to cases and awards.

is for Social Science Research Network. The subscribed collections includes the Legal Scholarship Network, where you can find University of Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper Series. OU also subscribes to the Economics Research, Financial Economics and  Management Research Networks. Non-subscribers are able to see abstracts of these articles, working papers, and preprints.


We hope that whatever your plans, you have a good Christmas break and we will welcome you back in the New Year.

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