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Law - Guide for Non-Law Students: Databases

Legal Research Resources for Non-Law Students


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Research Support, Reputable Links and Definition of a Database

Find search guides, training videos and tutorials to assist you with finding Databases and conducting research with Databases on the Research Support tab.

Reputable Internet links to Legal Search Engines can be found on the Reputable Links tab

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Click on theInfo icon | Myiconfindernext to a database link to find a description of the database

South African Legal Databases

How to self-register on Lexis Library in order to get access:

Lexis Library now requires you to self-register, so please click on the database link from the law libguide you use and thereafter:


  1. Click on Register
  2. Insert your Name, Surname, UJ email address and create a password of your choice
  3. Click Register again
  4. A verification email will be sent to your UJ email address
  5. Click on Verify Account
  6. You are then good to go and can login with your UJ email address as username and the password of your choice

International Legal Databases with Some South African Content

Databases within HeinOnline that cover specific areas of the law are:

  • Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and RIghts
  • Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE)
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • European Centre for Minority Issues
  • Foreign & International Law Resources Database
  • Foreign Relations of the United States
  • Harvard Research in International Law
  • History of International Law
  • International Property Law Collection
  • Law in Eastern Europe
  • ​Manual of Patent Examining Procedure
  • Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications
  • Religion and the Law
  • Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture &Law
  • United Nations Law Collection
  • Women and the Law (Peggy) 

Databases A - Z

International Legal Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases with Some Legal Content

See the following databases on EBSCOHost which may be of interest:

Academic Search Ultimate
Africa-Wide Information
Business Source Ultimate
Family & Society Studies Worldwide
Women's Studies International

E-Books available in Multidisciplinary Databases

Bibliographic Databases

Bibliographic databases provide the bibliographic details of an article but does not provide the full text.