Legal Research when Relying on Open Access: A Primer

Gijs van Dijck

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

April 1, 2016

Law and Method, 2016
Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 17/2015

With more and more information disclosed online and with open-access policies on the rise, legal academic research is becoming more accessible. The potential impact of this development is enormous, particularly in areas or jurisdictions where offline information is scarce and where access to subscription-based journals or books is limited or non-existing. Because the current literature lacks materials that guide researchers who conduct legal research while relying on open access, this article discusses where and how to find and select relevant academic books, journal articles and working papers in the open-access world. The resources, selection tools and search strategies explained in this article focus on finding open-access sources in English. Consequently, this article aims to assist researchers who rely on materials that are freely accessible because they lack access to books and to subscription-based journals outside of their own jurisdiction. The section on search strategy is relevant for researchers who aim to identify sources in an effective and efficient way.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Legal research, methodology, sources, open access, internet, search strategies

JEL Classification: K00

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Date posted: September 1, 2015 ; Last revised: October 28, 2016

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van Dijck, Gijs, Legal Research when Relying on Open Access: A Primer (April 1, 2016). Law and Method, 2016; Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 17/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654144 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2654144

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Maastricht, 6200
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