Primary Sources

Research – Primary Resources

  • Check Yale’s F/I webpage for databases specific to your jurisdiction
  • Constitutions of the Countries of the World - English and vernacular
  • Laws / Statutes
    • Country-by-Country Research Guide – portal to research guides and major databases for every country; these research guides vary from explanatory legal system guides to lists of legal resource links.
      • Foreign Law Guide – comprehensive, in-depth research guide for every country, with titles of print codes and gazettes, and links to electronic legislative sources; also available in print  
      • GlobaLex – in-depth legal research guides with links to legislation and legislative bodies
      • LLRX – in-depth legal research guides with links to legislation and legislative bodies
      • WorldLII – lists of links to electronic resources including legislation and legislative bodies
      • Nations of the World – Library of Congress’ lists of web links to legislation and legislative bodies 
      • GLIN - Global Legal Information Network- International legal database with official full texts of published documents in the original languages 
      • Foreign Law in English - a guide to finding translations of foreign laws
    • Country Gazettes
    • Catalogs – Quicksearch, Orbis, Worldcat, Harvard Hollis, LOC
      • Title search (codigo civil)
      • Keyword search (code and spain) or (codigo and spain)
      • Subject Heading search (civil law – spain)
    • Practical Guides such as the series “Doing Business in…