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Foreign Law Research: Journal Articles
Starting points to either collect foreign law sources or conduct in-depth foreign law research.
Search for the name or abbreviation of law reports or law periodicals from over 295 jurisdictions worldwide to find information about the publication and its jurisdiction. Knowing the full name of the publication and relevant country can help you locate the law report or periodical online or in a library catalog.
Step 3: Locate a copy of the journal
Use the journal title (not article title) to find a copy of the journal, electronically or in print. Then, use the article citation to locate your article within the journal. If you're unsuccessful with one journal finding method below, try the other options.
Search the web using Google Scholar and Google or your search engine of choice to locate the journal or article on the web. Try searching the journal title, article title, and/or author's name. Use advanced search features for targeted searching. Articles might be available on the publisher's website, posted by the author on a site like SSRN, etc.
Search UCI libraries and beyond by journal title for print or electronic journal access.
Example: ti:Kenya Law Review - Opening the first result shows selected journal volumes are in print at UC Berkeley and UCLA, and some non-UC libraries.
Request your article via interlibrary loan if your article is unavailable through UCI resources or on the web. Another library will typically scan the article and send it as a PDF. The Research Services Coordinator may contact you if there are complications with your request. More details: ILL Q&A.
Researching Journal Articles
Legal journal indexes provide citations and selected access to articles published in the U.S. and worldwide. If full text for an article isn't available through the index, follow the Source Collection steps to locate it.
The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in nearly 600 legal journals published worldwide. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions. IFLP also analyzes the contents of approximately fifty individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year.
Citations from over 600 legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association organs, law reviews, and government publications originating in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Includes book reviews. Coverage: indexing since 1981; abstracts since 1990; select full text since 1995.
Citations from over 1,200 journals, including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. International coverage includes the British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law. Coverage: Indexing since 1980; full text of over 250 journals, some as early as 1980.