Introduction to Foreign Legal Research

Vanderbilt subscription databases and free sources of foreign law online

Foreign Law Databases: Secondary Sources

Just as you would start with secondary sources when researching U.S. law, it's a good idea to start with secondary sources that will introduce you to a foreign legal system and to the specific area of law of interest to you. You can then use the citations in the secondary sources to find relevant primary law. The databases below contain various types of secondary sources and the catalogs can lead you to print and electronic sources. You can also search Westlaw and Lexis Advance for law review articles on your topic.

Catalog: Discover Library

Catalog: Acorn


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This is the other Vanderbilt Library catalog. You can use it to search for ebooks, print books and journals. You will not be able to find individual articles using this catalog.

Catalog: WorldCat


International Encyclopaedia of Laws