Research methods

Writing your thesis

The Guidelines for writing the master's thesis can also be valuable for PhD candidates.

Searching the Law library

The website of the Law Library ( acts as a starting point for researching sources on law. In the middle of the screen the website provides via ‘Resources’ an extensive collection of sources on law (among others databases and catalogues) which are divided as follows:

Legal literature: books, journals, articles, theses

Case Law: generally - Europe - international - Belgium - France -  Germany - Great Britain - The Netherlands - United States

Legislation: generally - Europe - international - Belgium - France - translations of Dutch Law -United States

Parliamentary Documents: Europe - international - Belgium - France - Germany -   Great Britain - The Netherlands - United States

Treaties: Europe - international - Belgium - France - Germany - Great Britain - The Netherlands - United States

Legal Databases a-z: Most complete overview of databases

Legal links: abbreviations - alerting services - blogs - citation standards - search engines

The fastest way to find out whether a journal is available in paper and/or digital format in the Law Library is by checking the Journal List Law Library:

RUQuest is the search engine that searches the collection of Radboud University, including the library of the Faculty of Law, as well as the collections of other libraries worldwide. Using RUQuest you will find the printed and electronic collection (books, journals and articles) of the Libraries of the Radboud University. You can find the manual on RUQuest here:

More information on E-learning, manuals and contacting a legal information specialist can be found via:

Research integrity and data management

Proper data management is one of the ways to make sure your research meets the principles (link) of research integrity. It also helps you to make conscious decisions about the data in your research project.

Policy on research data management

In November 2013, the Executive Board of Radboud University adopted a policy (pdf, 86 kB) on research data generated at our university. Briefly, the policy states that researchers must store and manage their research data and make them accessible to others. Of primary significance are the legal, scientific and ethical requirements governing these activities, but the requirements imposed by funders are also important. The main elements of the policy are as follows:

  • Data are stored by the researcher no later than upon publication of the research, together with the information necessary for potential reuse of the data.
  • The minimum term of storage is 10 years.
  • It is highly recommended that a data management plan is drafted before data collection starts.
  • Primary responsibility for managing data lies with the researcher. The ultimate responsibility lies with the director of the research institute (at the Law Faculty: the chair of the center).

Research Information Services

At Radboud University Research Information Services (RIS) can help you with every aspect of datamanagement. You can make a good start on managing your data by writing a data management plan. Radboud University has developed a format (docx, 312 kB) (docx, 312 kB) for writing such a plan, where you write down what kind of data you will be collecting, how the data will be documented, how and where data will be stored both while the research is being conducted and who has to have access to these data. Proper publication management helps you to make conscious decisions about publishing in an early stage of your research project.

University courses

Several university courses are methodical.

  • Designing a PhD research project;
  • Digital Tools;
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis;
  • Research Data Management for PhD's;

There is no course fee for PhD candidates.

You can find course descriptions and application forms here.

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