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Law & Government

My name is Victoria Smyth and I am the Subject Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences at DCU.

Welcome to the Law & Government portal - a pathfinder to the wide range of high quality library resources available for government, law and politics studies. Use the tabs below to locate resources specific to your subject.

      Contact  -      /      70008327



Search the library catalogue   -     Dictionaries & Encyclopedias    -   Government Publications


The Library shelves print books firstly according to their:
Subject Matter: Click here for Law and Government Shelf Mark Numbers
Then according to the appropriate collection (this is determined by whether the title is essential or supplementary reading).
Short Loan (borrowable for 3 hours or 48 hours) or
Main Lending (borrowable for 1 week or 3 weeks)
The majority of books you require will be located on the first floor which houses material relating to the Humanities and Social Sciences


We now have access to over 5,000 e-books, all of which are searchable via the Catalogue. Remember to select e-books from the Collection menu.
The Library also purchases E-Books Collections, either in response to a direct request from Law and Government staff, or through the IReL consortium. Click here for a list of all our E-Books Collections.


Making of Modern Law
MOML provides access to 10.6 million pages of legal history relating to American and British Commonwealth law from1800. It allows full text searching of 22,000 rare works from casebooks to local practice manuals to speeches - all of which are subdivided into 99 subject areas




A journal is a scholarly publication issued in parts, with a scholarly audience. It differs from a magazine which is a continuing publication, informal in tone, and intended for a general audience, not scholarly in nature. A journal's intent is to add to the body of knowledge on a given subject.

Accessing Journals

When you know the title of the journal you are looking for and have the Author, Article Title, Volume, Issue and Date details, use the A-Z of Journals. Click here to see an example

A selection of journals in your area:-

Access a list of all Journals - print and online – via these library links:



Developing Your Search Strategy | Quick Demo
A database is an organised collection of information stored in electronic format that can be fully searched. Library databases index hundreds of journals and will either provide the full article (full-text) or a summary (abstract) of the article. Like the Library catalogue, our databases can be searched by author, title or keyword.  If you're not sure which database to start with, try Summon which lets you search many library databases in one go


Politics, International Relations, Development, Security and Conflict Studies Databases

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
The world's largest archive of social science data for research with over 500,000 studies from sociology, political science, criminology, history, international relations, economics and psychology.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Citations, abstracts and indexing for journal articles with links to full text, where available. Major areas of coverage include: comparative politics, developing nations, disarmament, economic policy, electoral systems, government/political systems, international relations/trade, military policy, political economy, security and defence

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)
Open access repository with abstracts of around 158,000 scholarly working papers with approximately 4 million downloads per year. Specialised network subsets includeCorporate Governance, legal Scholarship, Negotiations, Political Science and Economics.

JSTOR  funded by    E-tutorials        Database Guide (pdf)
Provides full text archive of journals on African, Asian, Latin American, Middle East and Slavic Studies, Law, Political Science, Population Studies, Economics, Public Policy and Administration.

Taylor & Francis Online  funded by   Database Tutorials
Full text access to journals in the fields of Development Studies (57 titles), Law (42 titles), Military & Strategic Studies (39 titles), Security Studies (42 titles), Political Philosophy (26 titles), International Politics (19 titles) & International Relations (19 titles).

Academic Search Complete  funded by
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, provides full text access to over 4,600 full text and 3,600 peer-reviewed journals across a broad range of subjects areas.

Nexis UK
Full-text coverage of Irish, UK and European newspapers and country reports.   

OECD iLibrary
This excellent data source hosts 86,000 items including statistics and factbooks for the 34 OECD member states and for selected non-OECD countries. Its areas of focus include: economics, education, health, goverance and science and technology. Search by theme, country or both.
Getting Started Quick Guide (pdf)

United Nations Development Reports
International human development indicators including searchable datasets and country reports from the United Nations

Wiley Online Library  funded by

Full text access to journals in Law, Development Studies, Criminology, Penology, Political Science and Social Policy. Search for articles or browse for title by subject area.

Web of Science : Social Science Citation Index
Fully indexes over 1,950 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines including International Relations, Law and Political Science.

Legal Databases

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
Provides free access to British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.

Curia (Court of Justice of the European Union)
Provides free access to case law from the EU Court of Justice, General Court and Civil Service Tribunal from 1997. Includes opinions form the Advocate General.

Eurlex (European Union Law)
Free access, in the 24 official EU languages, to the Official Journal of the European Union, EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated legislation, etc.), preparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, green and white papers, etc.), EU case-law (judgements, orders, etc.), international agreements and EFTA documents. 

Heinonline   funded by     E-tutorials
HeinOnline is the world's largest image-based legal research database offering access to tens of millions of pages of research material. Fully searchable and browseable access to full-text collections, including:
Law journal library (over 350 US and international academic law journals going back to first issues)
US Supreme Court library (incl. US Reports from 1754)

Provides free access to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission of Human Rights and the Committee of Ministers.

Irish Statute Book
Includes Acts of the Oireachtas and Statutory Instruments, the official versions of which remain the printed versions published by Government Publications. Track amendments to legislation, access the Constitution and a selection of pre-1922 legislation while links to external legislation resources are also provided. 

Justis  funded by Full text access to national and international legal sources: Case law: Irish, EU, ECHR and British Legislation: EU, Council of Europe and UK.

Just Cite     JustCite is a legal reference search engine, providing a fully cross-referenced index to a comprehensive collection of authoritative UK and European legal information. JustCite is the only provider-neutral service available, combining content from different publishers and including extensive links to full-text material on leading online services, including Justis, Butterworths and BAILII.

Lexis Library (Legal) funded by
A comprehensive legal database containing case law, expert commentary, and primary and secondary legislation as amended.

Making of Modern Law  funded by
Provides access to 10.6 million pages of legal history relating to American and British Commonwealth law from 1800. It allows full text searching of 22,000 rare works from casebooks to local practice manuals to speeches - all of which are subdivided into 99 subject areas.
Coverage: 1800 - 1926

Westlaw IE  funded by
Access to Irish case law, journals, legislation, unreported judgments, annotated statutes, consolidated legislation and court rules. Updated daily, major sources include:

  • Irish Law Reports Monthly fulltext (ILRM)
  • Commercial Law Practitioner (CLP)
  • Conveyancing and Property Law Journal
  • Dublin University Law Journal (DULJ)
  • Irish Employment Law ...

Westlaw UK  funded by
Law of the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and other jurisdictions. Includes journal articles, case law and legislation. Also includes CELEX database of EU legislation and case law.




Academic Info: Law, Government + Politics | Terrorism Studies | Development Studies

Digital research and Projects in Ireland: Law

Intute: Economics | Politics | Law | Government

Moving Image Gateway: Development | Economics | Law | Politics & Government

Legal Resources in Ireland and the UK

Open Directory Project: Law | Politics

E Books

Corpus of Electronic Text (CELT)
The online resource for Irish History, Literature and Politics

Google Book Search
Google has joined forces with a number of Libraries and publishers to provide free access to books, if you don't get the entire book, you might get to see a sample chapter or the table of contents.

The Online Books Page
Features links to over 30,000 free books on the web

Project Gutenberg
The Internet's oldest producer of free e-books

Universal Digital Library
Free digitized collection of over 1 million books and other material


Bar Council
Company Law Review Group
Companies Registration Office
Competition On-line: Irish competition law site. Registration necessary for some services

Irish Government
     Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
          Courts Service 
     Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment 
          Competition Authority | Employment Appeals Tribunal |  Health and Safety Authority |
          Labour Court | Labour Relations Commission | Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement 
     Office of the Attorney General 
     Office of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation

Irish Law Site: UCC Law Faculty site covering a wide range of Irish law
Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII): UCC-run site contributing Irish material to British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
Law Society: Independent regulatory and representative body for solicitors
Legal-Island: Legal resources for Ireland (both jurisdictions) - Resource Centers - Ireland: General guide on Irish law

European Union

Europa: main web portal for official EU information. For a more specific focus, see also the pages of the individual institutions
     Commission: policy and enforcement in the EU administration
     European Parliament: organisation and legislative activities
     Council: organisation and activities of the EU's primary decision maker
     Court of Justice: information on the organisation, procedures and case law of the
             Court of Justice of the European Communities and the Court of First Instance 
HierosGamos - European Union: access to miscellaneous EU material
Lawlinks - European Union information: University of Kent gateway to EU legal information - Resource Centers - Europe: guides on EU law and legal information
NYU Law - European Union: EU law resources organised by New York University Library
SOSIG - European Union law (Social Science Information Gateway)



Citing & Referencing

Citing & Referencing

DCU Library Guide to Harvard Style of Citing & Referencing

Masters students should check here for additional information on the use of page numbers

Guide to Citing and Referencing a Law Essay

OSCALA Citation Style