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Foreign Legal Systems - Basic Research Resources

Resources for starting a search for: information about foreign legal systems; for the text of foreign laws or cases; or for discussions of how other countries approach specific legal issues or topics.

Brief Introductions to a Country's Legal System

For most projects, some introductory or background information about the country's legal system will be essential. The following online and print sources include or can lead you to overviews of foreign legal systems.

Finding Books at USF Devoted to a Country's Legal System

To find books at USF that deal with a country's legal system, use Ignacio

Model your Ignacio searches on these examples:

law "country name"
"legal research" "country name"

For example:

law japan
"legal research" china

Finding Books Worldwide Devoted to a Country's Legal System

Use WorldCat Advanced Search to search worldwide for book-length discussions of a country's legal system.

In WorldCat, try "Subject" searches along these lines:

law -- "country name"
"legal research" "country name"

For example:

law -- japan
"legal research" china
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