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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 Brooklyn Law School Librarians

Full-text Databases of Legal Articles

To find legal working papers, unpublished/recently published legal articles and some preprints of book chapters, search:  


TIP: Sort results by: Date posted, descending

bePress Legal Repository

To find published legal articles and "advance articles" in Oxford University Press journals, search:

Oxford University Press Legal Journals & Yearbooks (subscription) available through platform: Oxford Academic.

  • Links to digital versions of many legal journals and three legal yearbooks published by Oxford University Press (OUP).
  • Most of these OUP sources also provide "Advance articles."  (BLS researchers might need to click: More Content > Advance Articles.)
  • Includes option to view articles in PDF.

To find published legal articles, 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+.  Enter user name and password.  In Lexis+, Explore: 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.