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.
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.
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.
|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 Uni||business, law, press||references, some full texts|
|Sozialhilferecht||social law||references, some full texts, handbooks, occupational pensions act (BVG)|
|Swisslex*||child and adult protection, constitutional law, contract law, copyright law, corporate law, criminal law, family law, labour law, property law, social law, tax law||references, some full texts, canton Bern commentary, canton Zurich commentary, federal tribunal (BGE), handbooks, jurisdiction|
|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.
Open access portals
Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.
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 ZHAW swisscovery. 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).
|A Dictionary of Law||There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of law.|
Selected bachelor's theses from the School of Management and Law are available in electronic form in the ZHAW digitalcollection.
More exceptional master's theses from the series "Editions Weblaw" are available in the database Weblaw. To use Weblaw a password is needed and therefore you have to fill in the registration form initially. (in German)