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Legal Research Resources for Non-Law Students

Library Times: 2022


  • Library will be open Monday - Friday 07:30 – 22:00
  • Library will be open on Saturdays 08:00 – 15:00
  • Library is closed on Sundays
  • The 24 Hour Spaces will be open every day Monday to Sunday 07:30 – 23:00 and from the 14th March will be open for 24 hours daily.

Library support will  be provided online, Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 17:00. Visit the "Need Help? Contact Us" page for further information.


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Sources of Law

Two types of information sources are available for law:

Primary Sources refer to original material and the body of the law itself.

Examples that can be found in hard copy as well as electronically in the law library are:

  • Law Reports/ Case Law/ Judgments;
  • Legislation/ Act/ Statutes;
  • Government Gazettes.
  • Treaties and Conventions

Secondary Sources derive from primary sources of law and offer commentary on those sources.

Examples that can be found in hard copy as well as electronically in the law library are:

  • Reference Sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias & noter-ups);
  • Law books (text books);
  • Loose-leaf publications (regularly updated);
  • Law Journals;
  • Yearbooks.                  

About this guide

This research/subject/LibGuide offers library support to non-law students involved in legal research.  

The law library staff hope that it will become your one-stop-shop to find primary and secondary legal sources in hard copy and electronically in the UJ Law Library.

Welcome to the Faculty of Law Library Guide for Non-Law Students


This guide will not only introduce you to valuable information sources related to legal research, but also to the services and facilities offered to undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and researchers. It also provides training material that will make it easier to find  subject relevant information.

Refer to the different headings for Law Reports, Legislation, Books, Reference Sources, Journals, Databases, Referencing & Citation, Dissertations & Theses, Plagiarism & Copyright, Research Management Tools, Useful Links and Open Access.

Please explore this guide and contact the librarians or law library assistants if you need any further assistance.


Faculty Librarian Law

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Lizette Van Zyl
University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
+27 11 559 3188
Subjects: Law

Information Librarian Law

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Catrin Ver Loren Van Themaat
University of Johannesburg Library
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
011 559 3193
Subjects: Law

Law Library Assistants 2022

  • ​Zeenat Kera (Law Library Mentor)
  • Boiketlo Shuping (Law Library Assistant)
  • Britney Abrahams (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Busisiwe Hlanguza (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Felicity Mthombeni (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Lemont Shondlani (Law Library Assistant)
  • Lovemore Mabiza (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Mmatlala Kekana (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Nothando Madondo (Law Library Assistant)
  • Rowan Tshabalala (Law Library Assistant)
  • Talent Mthimunye (Law Library Assistant)

Contact Info:

011 559 2593