Law

Introduction

At this page you can find important resources within the field of Law.

Important resources

Reference works

  • Juridisk Nettviser (only in Norwegian)
    This is a Norwegian portal with a comprehensive collection of links to sources of law from the whole world.
  • Engelsk-dansk juridisk ordbog (English-Danish legal dictionary)
    This is an English-Danish legal dictionary that covers English law i.e. the law in England and Wales. It can be accessed via Ordbogen.com. The dictionary also features an overview of the court system in England and Wales as well as the court system in Denmark (in Danish).
  • Abbreviations (pdf in Danish)
    The most common abbreviations within the field of Law.
  • Gyldendals ordbøger (website only in Danish)
    This is a joint electronic access to Gyldendals Røde Ordbøger which is a collection of dictionaries published by the Danish publishing company Gyldendal. To see the list of dictionaries you have access to, click on “Klik her for at besøge det gamle ordbogssite” and the list will be visible in the box to the right.
  • Law Libguides (only in Danish)
    Here you can get an overview of the sources of law. The Libguides cover Danish and Norwegian sources of law, EU law and international law. Furthermore, there are guides for UK, France and Germany as well. The portal is developed and maintained by Legal Knowledge Centre – University of Copenhagen. Be aware that not all links work from Aarhus University – if so the material can be found through library.au.dk/en
    The Libguides are primarily for Danish-speaking people. However, there is an overview of useful links for English-speaking people at the last tab of each guide.
  • Juridisk ordbog (website only in Danish)
    A Danish-English/English-Danish legal dictionary. It can be accessed through through Gyldendals ordbøger.
  • Ordbogen.com (website only in Danish)
    General and specialized dictionaries within many languages and fields.
  • Retsdogmatisk forskning i praksis (in Danish)
    A pdf in Danish about how to refer and make references by Lars Henrik Gam Madsen. You can find examples of how to make notes, references etc.
  • Synopsis (only in Danish)
    This is a portal with references to Danish literature, laws, judgments and articles – classified after field of study. This is a good place to start your research.
  • Ulrichs: Global Serials Directory (in many languages including Danish and English)
    Ulrichsweb contains detailed information about more than 300.000 journals. You can find bibliographic information about e-journals, peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

Article databases

  • Heinonline
    This is a database where you among others can find international law journals in full text.
  • KluwerArbitration (in English)
    This site provides access to international arbitration research. It includes both commentary from expert authors and primary source materials. Sources are in full text.
  • KluwerLaw (in English)
    Here you can find international law journals in full text e.g. journals concerning EU-law, tax law and business law.
  • LexisNexis (in English)
    This extensive database contains newspaper articles and news from the whole world. There is a law section where it is possible to search for a specific legal case. It concerns primarily American legislation, but it is possible to find legislations from other parts of the world as well e.g. Canada, EU and Commonwealth.
  • Scopus (in English)
    Scopus is both an article database and a citation index. It covers all fields.
  • Web of Science - Social Science Citation Index (in English + more)
    Web of Science (WoS) is an article database and a citation index with references to articles within all fields.
    Most content is available in full text.
  • Westlaw (in English)
    This is a comprehensive full text database with British, American and European sources of law. There is also access to sources of law from e.g. Australia and Canada. The website contains a large number of English-language law journals in full text.

Journals

  • DJØF Online (only in Danish)
    At this website you can find links to a number of journals and portals e.g. Arbejdsret Online, Arbejdsretsligt tidsskrift online, EU-ret og Menneskeret, Kendelser om fast ejendom and Nordisk Tidsskrift for Selskabsret.
  • Journals via Karnov Group (only in Danish)
    Journals that can be accessed via Karnov:
    Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen (UFR)
    Tidsskrift for Kriminalret (TFK)
    Tidsskrift for Bolig- og Byggeret (TBB)
    Forsikrings- og Erstatningsretlig Domssamling (FED)
    Miljøretlige Afgørelser og Domme (MAD)
    Tidsskrift for Familie og Arveret (TFA)
    Tidsskrift for Landbrugsret (TFL)
    Erhvervsjuridsk Tidsskrift (ET)
    Tidsskrift for Skatter og Afgifter (TfS)
    NB: There is no remote access to Karnov or any of the databases related to Karnov.
  • Ulrichs: Global Serials Directory (in many languages including Danish and English)
    Ulrichsweb contains detailed information about more than 300,000 journals. You can find bibliographic information about e-journals, peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

Newspaper and media

  • LexisNexis (in English)
    This extensive database contains newspaper articles and news from the whole world. There is a law section where it is possible to search for a specific legal case. It concerns primarily American legislation, but it is possible to find legislations from other parts of the world as well e.g. Canada, EU and Commonwealth.

Danish resources

  • Arbejdsretsportalen (only in Danish)
    This portal contains the main part of the judgments passed by Arbejdsretten (the Labour court), technical arbitration awards from the private area and employment judgments. All judgments and orders can be found as full text with an abstract. The portal also contains a comprehensive section of laws and rules, and selected literature.
  • DJØF Online (only in Danish)
    At this website you can find links to a number of journals and portals e.g.Arbejdsret Online, Arbejdsretsligt tidsskrift online, EU-ret og Menneskeret, Kendelser om fast ejendom and Nordisk Tidsskrift for Selskabsret.
  • ED-lovportalen (only in Danish)
    The portal provides access to Danish tenancy and property law and adjacent areas of law, the corresponding administrative regulations and judgments and decisions. Also contains valid (as amended to date) and historical legislation and future legislative changes etc.. Provides access to the Landowners Judgment Collection from 1988, Administrative decisions from 1998, the journal Huset Jura from 1998, and textbooks on tenancy and property law.
  • Folketinget/The Danish Parliament (in Danish and English - more detailed in Danish)
    This website provides access to all documents concerning the work of the Danish Parliament. It includes bills, proposals for resolution, documents, requests, secretary reports, committee documents, reports concerning the committees, the elections, minutes etc. It covers 1985/86- only for some documents, and 1997/98- for all documents.
  • Folketingstidende (only in Danish, but a description in English)
    Folketingstidende
     is the official report of the plenary proceedings in Folketinget, the Danish Parliament. Up until 2009 the report was published in a printed version (can be found at AU Library Bartholins Allé), but today it is completely digital and published solely on the Internet.
  • The Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (in Danish and English – only some publications are in English)
    Reports of the ombudsman of the Danish Parliament.
  • The Danish Research Database (in Danish and English)
    The Danish Research Database is a central Danish database that can ease the way to information about research in Denmark. The database covers published literature e.g. scientific articles, PhD theses, conference presentations and lecture notes.
  • Karnovs lovsamling (only in Danish)
    Here you can find the current Danish legislation with annotations. You can also find decisions and references to literature within the field of law.
    Access to following Danish journals (with abbreviations in parentheses): Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen (UFR), Miljøretlige Afgørelse og Domme (MAD), Forsikrings- og Erstatningsretlig Domssamling (FED), Tidsskrift for Familie og Arveret (TFA),Tidsskrift for Bolig- og Byggeret (TBB), Tidsskrift for Kriminalret (TFK), Tidsskrift for Landbrugsret (TFL), Karnov Historisk and Erhvervsjuridisk Tidsskrift (ET).
    At Karnov you can also find an entry to M-søg (before know as Magnus – skat og erhverv). Here you can find judgments, legislation and articles within tax, audits and accounts. No remote access.
  • Retsinformation (only in Danish)
    Retsinformation gives access to current laws, historical laws and announcements, circulars, decrees, the Danish Parliament’s documents and the reports of the ombudsman of the Danish Parliament. It covers 1985-86 and forward. 
    It does not contain legislation that solely concerns Greenland or the Faroe Islands.
  • Statens Netbibliotek/The Administrative Library (only in Danish - there is an introduction in English)
    The Administrative Library is the central library and documentation centre for civil servants within the Danish central government. Here you have free access to the Library’s database and various external databases e.g. Danske betænkninger in full text.

International resources

  • CISG (Contracts for International Sale of Goods) (in English)
    About International Commercial Law: Here you can find judgments and articles within CISG.
  • Congress.gov (in English)
    This is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information and it is presented by the Library of Congress. The site contains for example bills and laws.
  • European Court of Human Rights  (in English and French)
    Here you can find material about the European Court of Human Rights and the judgments that have been passed by the court. If you want to find a judgment, you can use “Search HUDOC case-law”. You can make an advanced search on text, keywords etc.
  • GlobaLex (in English)
    Here you can find articles and guides with an international focus.
  • LexisNexis (in English)
    This extensive database contains newspaper articles and news from the whole world. There is a law section where it is possible to search for a specific legal case. It concerns primarily American legislation, but it is possible to find legislations from other parts of the world as well e.g. Canada, EU and Commonwealth.
  • Scopus (in English)
    Scopus is both an article database and a citation index. It covers all fields.
  • Web of Science - Social Science Citation Index (in English + more)
    Web of Science (WoS) is an article database and a citation index with references to articles within all fields. Most content is available in full text.
  • Westlaw (in English)
    This is a comprehensive full text database with British, American and European sources of law. There is also access to sources of law from e.g. Australia and Canada. The website contains a large number of English-language law journals in full text.

Norwegian resources

  • DIVA (in English, Swedish and Norwegian)
    This site gives access to Norwegian and Swedish research publications, theses and student papers. 
  • Idunn (only in Norwegian)
    Here you can get access to Nordic journals in full text.
  • Lovdata Pluss (in Norwegian – some information is available in English)
    This site provides access to Norwegian laws, statutes, regulations, judgments,Norsk Lovtidend (The Official Legal Gazette), treaties, journals in full text etc.
    Be aware of the fact that the translations of laws are unofficial and may not be updated.
  • NORA (only in Norwegian)
    Norwegian research publications
    . A bibliographic database with references to academic works in full text (articles, theses, books, chapters in books, reports etc.) from Norwegian universities and other institutions of higher education, institutes for sector research, research councils etc.
  • Norart (in Norwegian and English)
    This is a Norwegian article database. Articles can be ordered through “Interlibrary loans”.
  • Norsk Lovkommentar/Norwegian law comments (only in Norwegian)
    Here you can find commented Norwegian laws – it is a counterpart to Karnov in Denmark and Sweden. It also contains a number of Norwegian journals with decisions.
  • Regjeringen.no (in Norwegian, English and Sami)
    The site gives access to Norwegian bills and reports where the latter can be published as a regular report or as an Official Norwegian Reports (in Norwegian: Norges offentlige utredninger, NOU).

Swedish resources

  • DIVA (in English, Swedish and Norwegian)
  • This site gives access to Norwegian and Swedish research publications, theses and student papers.
  • Idunn (only in Norwegian)
    Here you can get access to Nordic journals in full text.
  • Karnov - Svensk (only in Swedish)
    At Swedish Karnov you can find Swedish laws and law annotations, preparatory work and  decisions from courts and administrative authorities. In Förfatningar and Propositioner there are references from laws to bills and the other way around. 
  • Lagrummet.se (in English and Swedish – search only possible in Swedish)
    This is a portal for Swedish public administration legal information. You can find legal information from the Government, Riksdagen (the Swedish Parliament), higher courts and government agencies. You can find Swedish sources of law including the different types of preparatory work, laws and administrative decisions.
  • Libris (in Swedish and English)
    This is a Swedish article database. Articles can be ordered through “Interlibrary loans”.
  • Projekt Runeberg
    Here you will find in Swedish: Statens offentliga utredningar, SOU – back to 1922.
  • Svensk Lovsamling (only in Swedish)
    Notisum AB provides free access to Swedish laws (Svenska Lagsamling, SLS). The collection includes all applicable Swedish laws and regulations (SFS).
  • Sveriges domstolar/Sweden’s courts (only in Swedish)
    Here you can find guiding decisions from several authorities e.g. Högsta domstolenHovrätternaArbetsdomstolen etc.
  • Sveriges Riksdag/Sweden's Riksdag (in many languages, but most comprehensive in Swedish)
    Here you can find documents and information that enables you to follow passage of parliamentary business from the proposal to the decision-making stage. You can for example find Swedish Government Official Reports (in Swedish: Statens offentliga utredningar, SOU).

German resources

EU law

  • CURIA (in all of the official EU languages)
    Here you can find judgments from the Court of Justice of the European (1953-). Also opinions of the advocate general can be found (1953-). The documents are in full text.
  • EU-Karnov (only in Danish)
    This site contains information about EU legal aspects within 58 topics and areas of law. Each topic contains an introduction that provides an overview of the area of law, its structure and function. The introductions examine central decisions in the Union treaty. The annotations in EU Karnov contain references to relevant legal acts, judgments and literature.
    No remote access.
  • The EU Information Center (in English and Danish – most comprehensive in Danish)
    Denmark’s largest website about the EU
    . The objective of the website is to answer questions from citizens concerning the European Union. You can find materials about the EU in general as well as the most important documents concerning the EU decision-making process.
  • EUR-LEX (in all of the official EU languages)
    This is an EU portal with common entrance to the treaties, the Official Journal, consolidated legislation, preparatory acts and EU case law.
  • European Sources Online (only in English)
    This is an online database from which you have access to information on EU e.g. EU legislation, EU institutions and activities, European countries and regions, and international organisations in Europe.
  • Find-eR (in English, French and German)
    A search tool that makes it possible to explore the print and electronic collections of the European Commission Libraries. Available library resources include e-books, full-text articles and databases. You can find EU publications and documents from the EU countries’ governments concerning the EU and European integration.
  • PreLex (in all of the official EU languages)
    This database allows you to follow a legislative proposal from the beginning until the final law is adopted. It is possible to see all interventions by the institutions and the bodies involved in the decision-making process.
  • Det Kgl. Biblioteks subject guide about the EU (only in Danish).

Commercial law and tax law

  • Karnov (earlier know as Magnus – skat og erhverv and M-søg (only in Danish)
    Here you can find judgments, legislations and articles within tax, audits and accounts. No remote access.
  • Tidsskrift for skatter og afgifter (only in Danish)
    A Danish journal for taxes and charges. It can be accessed through Karnov. No remote access.

e-libraries

  • Bibliotek.dk
    A portal for all Danish libraries with information about materials from all Danish public and research libraries. The materials can be ordered to be picked up at your own library.
  • DAB - Det Administrative Bibliotek/The Administrative Library (in Danish – introduction in English)
    DAB is the central library and documentation centre for civil servants within the Danish central government.

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Courses

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The main goal of this course is to provide participants with skills to enhance the efficiency of the search process in the beginning of a research project.
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Information Retrieval & Information Management for researchers, BSS Aarhus
The main goal of this course is to provide participants with skills to enhance the efficiency of the search process in the beginning of a research project.

More information

Blackboard

AU Library makes materials about legal searching for information available at Blackboard.

Follow this guide (in Danish) to find the course at Blackboard. In map for the course you can find materials from our courses for students at bachelor and candidate level.

Plagiarism for students

What is plagiarism and how can you avoid plagiarising? At the site Plagiarism for students you can find the answers tho those questions.

Course collection

Each semester the library creates semester shelves at the library for those materials that are used in the courses. The materials are intended for copying at the library and they cannot be borrowed. You can check the library database to see if there should be a circulation copy available.

At Bartholins Allé the semester shelves are right across the information desk on the first floor.

An orange label marks the books on Law's semester shelves. To assure that most students have access to and can use the books, these books can only be used on the first floor at the library.

See which books are placed on the semester shelves right now

Master theses from Department of Law

All Master's theses published by the Department of Law, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Psychology are indexed and stored at Aarhus University Library, School of Business and Social Sciences, Bartholins Allé.

(In Danish) Get started with the searching for information for the master thesis within the field of Law. From Centre for Teaching and Learning on Vimeo.


Copyright

Do you know the rules about copyright, when you are studying and writing papers? Figure out how and when you can use pictures, video-recordings or other materials here.

Research guide

We have collected some the relevant information about information retrieval and on how to quickly and efficiently find the materials you need. (In danish only).

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