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Law - LLB and other law degrees (Undergraduate) Senior Student Support: Books

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Importance of consulting books when doing research

"When faced with a legal problem or question, a recent textbook on that subject is the most convenient and practical way to get  a summary discussion of the legal principles that apply to that issue.  The author (or authors) provides an exposition of the law with reference to relevant constitutional and statutory principles, the common law, judicial precedent , customs, customary law, international law and foreign law. 

When deciding whether to consider a particular book, it is imperative to consider the date of the publication.  As laws develop and change, books may become outdated and lose their relevance.  This is why textbooks periodically have newer editions published.  This is the only way to keep the publication relevant in that field of study". Meintjies-Van der Walt Introduction to South African Law (2019) 174


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Course Reserves

Hard copy and Electronic items placed on reserve by a lecturer will show in the Catalogue (UJLink) under Course Reserves.

e-Books and Collections

Electronic books can be searched for in the UJ Library Catalogue (UJLink) or in UJoogle. 

Some electronic titles also form part of collections available on the UJ databases.

e-Books available on Multidisciplinary Databases that contain Law Books

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Research Support

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

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