Dawsonera offers electronic access to a small but growing selection of heavily used law books from a variety of publishers. 


Titles can be accessed both from the Dawsonera link in the Electronic Law Library or from the individual book record on the Library Catalogue. After accepting the terms and conditions you can view the full text of the books online. All titles may be viewed onsite for academic use. In addition, IALS and SAS staff, fellows & students, as well as University of London law staff and postgraduate students may access them offsite.


Included titles are selected according to how in demand the print version is within the library, and are generally those indicated on reading lists for various courses. You can view the full list of titles from the dawsonera homepage.

Searching and Browsing

A basic search option is available from the bar at the top of the home page, allowing you to search by keyword over selected fields. The advanced search option allows you to search over multiple fields using a variety of connected keywords and phrases. It is worth noting that results from these searches only indicate at title level you will need to select a book from the results, and then search again with the title for your search terms. You can select the checkbox ‘highlight’ if you wish your search terms to be highlighted on the page.

All available titles display the table of contents once you have selected them from either the homepage or results screen.

Printing, Downloading and Emailing

Printing and copying text from dawsonera ebooks is only possible with a username and password. Users can set their own username and password. When accessing dawsonera, readers should click on 'Sign in' at the top right corner of the homepage and then click on 'Create account' in the top part of the pop-up window. The system will automatically assign readers' email as their username. After registering, readers can log-in to enable printing/Copying functionalities.


There is a ‘help’ button on the turquoise bar at the top of the page. This takes you to a long list of guides, the most useful amongst them being the ‘Reader Portal User Guide’ which covers, in detail, all aspects of how to search and browse the content.