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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 Brooklyn Law School Librarians

OneSearch & SARA Catalog Search Tips

Search BLS Library's OneSearch discovery platform (a link from SARA catalog) when you seek articles and books on a topic. 

Search example: China trade policy

If you wish, click: All Filters > Online full text

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, search SARA catalog when generating a list of BLS Library books on a topic.  

TIP: You can search SARA catalog by a SUBJECT and COUNTRY or REGION: 

Patent laws and legislation [insert name of country or region]

More Tips

Search holdings of thousands of research libraries simultaneously through:


Search holdings of 165+ UK & Irish "academic, national & specialist" library catalogs:

Library Hub Discover

Search holdings of Canadian libraries:

Library and Archives Canada: Collection 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