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Starting Points for Foreign Law Research: Databases of Articles

This guide highlights foreign law sources available to Brooklyn Law School patrons. Developed by Victoria Szymczak and revised by Jean Davis.

Full-text Databases of Legal Articles

To find legal working papers, unpublished/recently published legal articles, search:  

Social Science Research Network

TIP: Sort results by: Date posted, descending

To find legal working papers and articles submitted to U.S. law schools' journals through ExpressO, search:

 bePress Legal Repository

To find published legal articles, one could search:

Westlaw's Law Reviews & Journals and United Kingdom Journals

(Click links above and enter Westlaw user name and password.)

Lexis' All Australia Law Reviews and Journals, All Canada Law Reviews and Journals, and All United Kingdom Law Journals

(Access Lexis Advance.  Enter user name and password.  In Lexis Advance, click: Go to Lexis Advance.  Explore Content: International allows researchers to drill down by country to the databases listed above.)

HeinOnline's Law Journal Library and Foreign and International Law Database

Focus: Articles in journals and year books published a year or more ago.

(Access subscription HeinOnline database on-campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off-campus if one has implemented the proxy instructions.)

South African Legal Journals

Access: BLS Library Catalog, SARA.

Search SARA by title of a journal, for example, title: South African Law Journal

If the journal is available through a database, you will see a link to “ACCESS ONLINE VERSION.”

Directory of Open Access Journals

World Legal Information Institute: Categories: Law Journals

This free "legal research facility" includes the ability to search for legal journals by country.

Google Scholar

If a BLS researcher does not plan to work on-campus or in BLS housing, before searching, implement the proxy instructions.  Then, the BLS researcher will be able to access more full-text articles in Google search results.