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

Research assistance, subject guides and useful library resources for senior undergraduate law students, compiled by the Faculty of Law librarians


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Recommended Databases and Reputable Internet Links for the Respective Modules


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On this tab, under E-books on Legal ResearchBooks on Legal Research and Books and E-books on the Research Process, there is a listed selection of book and e-book titles available in hard copy or electronically on legal research, research methodology and the research process.  Please take note that these titles are not necessarily based on the South African legal system, but the same research principles apply in other jurisdictions too. To find additional resources, search in the Library Catalogue or do an advanced search in UJoogle.

Also refer to the Recommended Databases and Reputable Internet Links for the Respective Modules and Subject-Specific Shelf Codes sections to find relevant material for your module in the databases that UJ is subscribed to, as well as in the books  available in the Law Library. 

Under the Reputable Internet Links section, there are links to some South African and international university LibGuides, and articles that deal specifically with the legal research process and search techniques. You will also find lists of reputable Internet links and Open Access sources that can be used for your respective modules.

Reputable Internet Links

South Africa:

Journal articles and guides on Legal Research

Google Scholar

Get full text articles in Google Scholar. Also use that link to get the full text via the Library's subscriptions, if available on the UJ databases.

E-books on Legal Research


Books on Legal Research

Remember that for purposes of your final year research paper, you may only utilise the following methodologies:

  • Doctrinal analysis;
  • Jurisprudential perspectives;
  • Socio-legal research and
  • Comparative legal analysis.

Recommended book:

Other books on legal research:

Books and E-books on the Research Process

The UJ Library catalogue keyword search function can be used to find general electronic and hard copy books on: