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Starting Points for Foreign Law Research: Catalog Search Tips

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

OneSearch & SARA Catalog Search Tips

Search BLS Library's OneSearch discovery platform when you seek books and articles on a topic. 

KEYWORD search example: urban planning china 

TIP: After you run a query in OneSearch, click: Advanced Search.  Try entering words in these fields: SU Subject Terms and AB Abstract.    

Search BLS Library’s SARA catalog when you seek a specific item.  Also, I still prefer searching SARA catalog when I want to generate a list of BLS Library books on a topic.  

TITLE search example:

Conducting Business in China: An Intellectual Property Perspective

KEYWORD search example:

copyright china

SUBJECT search examples:

Copyright [insert name of country or region]

Intellectual Property [insert name of country or region]

Patents [insert name of country or region]

Trademarks [insert name of country or region]

More Tips

Search holdings of thousands of research libraries simultaneously through:


Search holdings of 90+ UK & Irish "academic, national & specialist" library catalogs:


Search holdings of Canadian libraries:

Library and Archives Canada > Search

Search catalogs of specific libraries: 

Libdex: Browse by Country (links to libraries' catalogs worldwide)

Search catalogs of U.S. academic law libraries that have large FL collections:

Columbia University's law school library catalog

Harvard University's law school library catalog

New York University's law school library catalog

University of California Berkeley's law school library catalog (owns journals indexed by Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals)

University of Washington's law school library catalog (particularly useful for materials re. China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan)

Yale University Law School Library's catalog

Under development:

Foreign Law Collections in U.S. Law Libraries