This guide gives you some basic tips on searching for laws and related materials of foreign countries. This first page provides overall guidance. The second tab, Library Holdings, provides information on foreign materials available in the Library. The last page, Further Research, lists relevant electronic databases and other research guides.
It is very tempting to use Google, but know that there is a resource that may very likely have this work done for you! That will tell you exactly where to go, both electronic and print, for many subjects in many countries.
The most comprehensive: Guide to International Legal Research (2015). Available on Lexis Advance – type the title into the main search bar; also on the second floor of the library by the reference desk: KZ 1234 .G85 (ref). It gives information on primary and secondary sources. Example of the table of contents on Lexis:
Other helpful source guides:
Be smart. Look for reliable websites such as government run websites; these will the “.gov” or foreign language equivalent. The extent of coverage and language will depend on the state. If you’re unsure of the trustworthiness of a website, run it by a reference librarian.
If you are researching or navigating sources in a language you do not understand:
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