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Research guide to law resources

Be efficient in your research and use the various databases, reference works and additional literature in the field of law.

Databases

We recommend that you search the databases in order to research and review up-to-date and discipline-specific content on a topic. They mostly contain references to resources as well as full text articles from journals. Depending on the database, additional types of publications such as conference reports, book chapters, pictures, videos and much more are included.

Overview

The table below provides an overview of the databases in the area of law. Please note that databases marked with an asterisk (*) require special access information. You will find more information in the details of each database (in German).

Name Subject Content
beck-online constitutional law, contract law, copyright law, corporate law, criminal law, labour law, property law, tax law references, some full texts, commentaries, handbooks, jurisdiction, laws
 
Codexplo 2.0 constitutional law, contract law, copyright law, corporate law, criminal law, labour law, property law, tax law references
BGE - Entscheidungen des Schweizerischen Bundesgerichts* constitutional law, tax law full texts, federal tribunal (BGE), jurisdiction
legalis.ch contract law, copyright law, corporate law, labour law, property law references, canton Basel-Landschaft commentary
LexFind constitutional law, tax law references, some full texts, federal tribunal (BGE), jurisdiction
NCJRS - National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts criminal law references
Nexis business, law, press references, some full texts
Sozialhilferecht social law references, some full texts, handbooks, occupational pensions act (BVG)
Swisslex* constitutional law, contract law, copyright law, corporate law, criminal law, labour law, property law, tax law references, some full texts, canton Bern commentary, canton Zurich commentary, federal tribunal (BGE), handbooks, jurisdiction
uni.recht.ch* criminal law, labour law references, some full texts, commentaries, handbooks
Weblaw constitutional law, tax law references, some full texts, handbooks, occupational pensions act (BVG)

* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database (in German).

Open access portals

Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.

Reference works

Reference works are the ideal starting point for your research. In addition to defining concepts, they help you to gain an overview of a topic, narrow down a topic and find key concepts for future work.

All electronic reference works can be found and searched in the e-media portal. The selection of titles below provides you with a quick introduction to your specialist area. General reference works can also be found with the monolingual (in German) and multilingual dictionaries (in German).

Title Additional information
A Dictionary of Law There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of law.

Final papers and theses

Selected bachelor's theses from the School of Management and Law are available in electronic form in the ZHAW digitalcollection.