Secondary Sources

  • Secondary resources (research guides, treatises, books, law review articles) can lead you to primary sources (constitution, statutes, cases); it is always good to begin your research using secondary resources, such as those listed below
  • Research Guides
    • Yale’s F/I Webpage – consolidation of F/I databases and guides
    • 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.
    • Legal Research in a Nutshell, 10th Ed. – F/I chapters (KF240 .C54 – L1, Ref, F/I Ref)
    • International Legal Research in a Nutshell, 1st Ed. (KZ1234 .H64 - L1, Ref, F/I Ref)
  • Encyclopedias and other reference materials give an overview of jurisdiction and/or subject matter often annotated and with bibliography – Begin with Keyword searches in Quicksearch and Orbis (e.g. encyclopedia and environment*)
    • International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (K530 .I57 – F/I Office)
    • Encyclopedia of World Constitutions (K3157.E5 E53 – Ref)
    • Legal Systems of the World (K48 L44 – Ref)
    • Oxford Companion to Law (K48 .W34 – Ref, F/I Ref, UES)
    • Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (K48 .E42 – F/I Ref, Ref, UES)
    • Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia (K583 .R313 M63 – F/I Ref)
    • Germain’s Transnational Law Guide (K85 .G47 – Ref, F/I Ref, UES)
    • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest (K526.2 .M37 – Ref); Lexis (INTDIG)
    • Szladits – A Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law: Books and Articles in English (1955 – 1998) (K38 .B53 – L1, F/I Office)
  • Scholarly articles (all are Yale subscriptions except open-access SSRN and Google Scholar)
  • Monographs
    • We have over 200,000 foreign and international
    • Begin with Keyword searches in QuicksearchOrbis
    • When you find a relevant book, if you want to find more like it
      • click on the Call No. (KKT246 .B46) to see what books are grouped with it – or go to the stacks
      • click on the Subject Heading (Civil Law – Spain) to find other books
    • Our foreign law collections for each country are not so large that you can’t just go into the stacks on the LES with the  Call Number of the country you are researching (e.g. KKT for Spain) and browse the shelves.  No country occupies more than a few rows, and most take up less than one.  Older monographs are held in the off-campus Library Shelving Facility (LSF) and can be requested from the catalog.
  • Dictionaries