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Law: Undergraduate Support Services

This guide highlight key resources which can be used to support your research in law. Use the tabs to find information about different types of sources, legal skills guidance and referencing.

UWC Library

Welcome to this library guide for undergraduate law students. This guide will help you find the books, journals, databases, and other information you need for your studies.

Finding your Way to the Law Library Collection


‘The art of practicing law is not to know all the answers but to know where to find the answers. In order to find the answers, the practitioner must know what to look for. In order to know what to look for the practitioner must be able to sift the facts at hand and to define the problem he or she is dealing with’ (V Tunkel & A de W Horak xi).

Academic study should teach one the requisite skills to ‘sift the facts at hand’. However, one is still left with the problem of finding the authority that you need to substantiate your case or finding the written law that will back up whatever case you are making. The information lies in all the physical (both print and electronic) sources of our law — the common law; the legislation; the law reports; the books and the encyclopedias.

Access Problems and Online Requests

Online Book Request Form

The Mobile Book Delivery Service is available to staff and students who are not allowed on campus during level 3 lockdown. The requester must be able to pick up the item outside the main gate at Robert Sobukwe Entrance between 11h00-12h00 and 14h00-15h00 on weekdays.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Interlibrary Loan is a service available to UWC staff and students to request material that is not available at our holdings.

Access Problems?

  • Contact the ICS Helpdesk on 021 959 2000 or the if you experience authentication problems.
  • Alternatively, you may reset your password your- self by following the instructions on the page at
  • For assistance with any other access problems, contact your Faculty Librarian or the Electronic Resources Librarian, Anne Moon at 021 959 3016/


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