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Open Access Resources for Law Library Guide: Books, journals and other secondary sources

This guide will cover law resources that are freely available for use.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


This legal encyclopedia offers articles on a wide range of practice areas including Bankruptcy, Disability law, Family Law, IP, Real Estate and Finance.

You can access the encyclopedia here:


WEX is the Legal Information Institute's free legal dictionary and encyclopedia.

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Journals and Books

Directory of Open Access Journals

The DOAJ provides access to Open Access journals.The legal sub-category contains 139 journals.

You can access the DOAJ here: 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar offers access to academic journals including legal articles. While full text of all articles is not available, Google Scholar does provide valuable citation information.

Google Books

Google Books is a great source for all manner of books and can be a source of free legal secondary sources.

Directory of Open Access Books

This database provides access to open access books on a wide range of topics, including law. It is searchable or browseable by title, subject or publisher.