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Training Public International Law: 1. Introduction

Training Public International Law


Finding legal information is not usually a goal in itself, but a step that has to be taken when you are doing research, irrespective of its scope. Even minor research for an essay or assignment, etc., will consist of the following stages: choosing a topic and delineating it, formulating a question, finding information, processing the information, writing. This LibGuide is concerned with the stage of ‘finding information’.

Still have any questions?

When you still have a question after going through the tabs, ask your lecturer or ask the library.

About this LibGuide

This LibGuide is intended to facilitate searches for legal information concerning Public International Law. It was put together for first-year Bachelor’s students taking the Public International Law course at Utrecht University.

The order of the tabs of this LibGuide visualise the order of 'thinking' and 'doing' when you are searching for information. Go through the tabs one by one, from left to right and from top to bottom.

This LibGuide also offers an introduction to a number of often consulted databases and websites in the field of Public International Law (tab 4.). Explore the databases that are mentioned and you will develop your own online searching skills.

For the Moot Court you are expected to find relevant documents yourself. That is why we recommend you to read all tabs of this LibGuide. You may read this LibGuide on your own.

Directions to Search engines

Within the University network or at home, click in the following order:

Library website > Search engines > choose a discipline or select from 'quickly go to'.

Access from home

Utrecht University staff and students have off-campus access to the electronic journals, e-books and electronic databases of Utrecht University Library.

Logging in
Always start on the homepage of the Utrecht University Library :

When you open a database, e-book, article or electronic journal a login screen appears: log in with your Solis ID and Solis password.
You only have to log in once, your data are saved during the rest of your browser session

When consulting search engines or using apps the proxy of your institution may be asked for. The Utrecht University address of this proxy is:

More information?
See Online access on the library's website.

The University Library City Centre: much is online, but enjoy the building too

Nowadays you can collect and consult many information sources online, wherever you are. But there is more. You are welcome to visit the University Library City Centre and check out its facilities.

There is also a University Library Utrecht Science Park. There you will find print books and journals on Science and Social Sciences. The facilities offered are almost the same.