Working papers are written by academics in a wide range of countries are available in several collections.
These papers are often pre-prints, posted prior to final publication in a journal. They are often arranged by subject matter. The aim of these sites is to encourage contact between academics in related fields, and to provide an alerting service for researchers. The abstracts are available freely online, and in many cases, there is a link to the full text of the article. In other cases, you may need to contact the author to receive a copy of the paper. Information is available from the web sites.
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has been in existence since 1996, and has the largest archive of legal research working papers.
The Berkeley Electronic Press (BEPress) commenced more recently, but also has a wide range of papers.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) includes links to the working papers of a variety of institutions.
Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law, established to promote teaching in European integration, in particular Law, Economics, Political Science and History.
Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is a recent multi-disciplinary research archive. See the Bodleian Libguide on using ORA.
SAS-Space E-repository Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Community
Includes articles from Amicus Curiae 2003-2006.
See also: Presentation on accessing working papers (Powerpoint, 1.5 MB)
There are a number of online sources for theses and dissertations below is a selection.
Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)
This has a selection of Oxford theses available online. See Libguide on using ORA for more details.
NOTE. Most Oxford law DPhil theses are still (as of September 2012) in hard copy only. They are kept in the Law Library, but not on open shelves. See the Libguide page on how to find their shelf marks in SOLO. Once you have these details, please visit the library (between 9.00 and 4.30 Monday-Friday) and ask a member of staff to fetch the work for you. This can usually be done within 10-15 minutes of your making the request. The Law Faculty has a scrolling "roll of honour" web page which gives author, title and year of submission details. (You may need to use the window scroll bar, as it can sometimes be a bit reluctant to start moving.)
Free search across 250,000+ recent UK theses. Possible to order full text quickly and easily - or pay for the initial digitisation.
OU members only
Information on theses from GB & NI universities.
OU members only. For searchable abstracts of theses from around the world. Some are available full text as well.