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There has been an enormous growth in recent years in the amount of legal information available on the web. In the UK,there are official sites providing authoritative texts of legislation and case law as well as a large number of sites offering a range of legal materials of varying quality.
It is not always easy, however, to find out which are the best sites or precisely what they contain. And, while there is a considerable amount of primary legal material in the public domain, you will still need to use a library for most retrospective research (even if it is a 'virtual library' of electronic databases). After all, the web was only invented in 1993, and most legal web sites with substantive law start from around 1996 or later.
This book will remove some of the frustrations of doing legal research on the web by indicating the best sites with a description of the contents and scope of each. It concentrates on the UK, the EU and international law but provides you with ways of finding out what is available for other jurisdictions as well.;However, the internet is dynamic: websites move their addresses or are sometimes temporarily inaccessible, and new sites with valuable resources are added daily.
Some of the information in this book, therefore, will be out of date by the time you read this. But, by becoming familiar with the best sites in the areas you are interested and using the gateways and portals which are indicated under each section of the book, you can keep yourself up to date.