Expand your research: how to find e-books

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The library provides access to a growing amount of digital books, reference works and commentaries. While conducting your research remember to expand your search to e-books so you don't miss any important information.

How to find those e-books?

Search the UvA CataloguePlus
Most e-books are catalogued individually. These books can be found through the UvA CataloguePlus, just like printed books. It is possible to filter your search results to e-books only using the options on the right side of the screen: select Resource type > Books and Availability > Available online.

Search e-book databases
Not all e-books are (immediately) available through the CataloguePlus; some of them can only be found in separate e-book databases. Some well-known collections in the field of law are:

Oxford Scholarship Online - Law
Access to hundreds of legal e-books published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (OSAIL)
Full-text online editions of reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press, such as Oppenheim and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law.

Collected Courses/Recueil des Cours
Complete collection of course material of The Hague Academy, the international institution for the study and teaching of public and private international law.

ElgarOnline - Law
Access to hundreds of e-books in all areas of law published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The platform includes commentaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, monographs and research reviews.

Search in law databases
E-books can also be found in databases that are not dedicated exclusively to e-books, for instance:

- IBFD Tax Research Platform: Online books on tax law
- HeinOnline's Legal Classics Library: Collection of famous legal treatises
- Beck-online: Commentaries and handbooks (German)
- Legal Intelligence: Reference works, handbooks and commentaries, e.g. Asser-serie, Cursus BelastingrechtTekst & Commentaar (Dutch)

Printing and downloading
For most e-books printing and downloading is allowed. However, there can be some restrictions, e.g. a limit to the number of pages you can download per day. Please consult the database's help page as these restrictions differ per publisher.

Most e-books are available within the UvA network. Sometimes only a limited number of simultaneous users is allowed. Please remember to log off when you don’t need a book anymore so other users can have access!

Update: July 2022

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