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Law and Society Resources: General Socio-Legal Research

A guide to resources for students in Kenyon's Program in Law and Society


K-Search is the library's primary discovery tool and performs a "Google-like" search of as much of the library's paid electronic content as possible in one place. It also searches the library's traditional catalog holdings (CONSORT) at the same time and is therefore a good place to begin a general search on nearly any given topic. 

Given the breadth of searching in K-Search, you are likely to receive a lengthy list of results. It is important to be aware of the facets available to you (displayed along the left hand column of your results list) which provide the ability to narrow your results by such criteria as scholarly literature, full text online, content type (journal articles, news items, eBooks), publication date, or subject areas.

In addition to K-Search, there are other available library tools which can help you discover and access resources for your research. These include:

Law Reviews and Journals

As with any academic discipline, law schools publish a variety of general and subject specialty law reviews devoted to scholarship produced by those in the profession. Below are links to resources which focus on these materials.

Social Science Literature

The landscape for availble scholary literature in the field of social science research is both broad and dense. The following links are to resources which will help you navigate among various relevant specialties.

Statistics and Datasets

A prominent trend within academic research is a reliance on statistical evidence and "big data" and socio-legal research is no exception. The following sites are a mix of Kenyon subscribed databases and freely available resources which provide access to a range of compiled statistics, polling information and results, and original datasets.

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