for Identifying Sources of Foreign Law: An Integrated Approach Research Guide
Susan Van Syckel, Foreign & International Law Librarian, UOP McGeorge School of Law
The Gordon D. Schaber Law Library at UOP McGeorge School of Law will be publishing a new research guide, "Strategies for Identifying Sources of Foreign Law: An Integrated Approach" at its Web Page the first week in October. The Guide was originally published in the fall 2000 issue of The Transnational Lawyer (one of the school's law journals). The text of the print version is currently available on Westlaw & Lexis in the journals databases at 13 Transnat'l Law. 289. The Web version has been revised and updated to September 2001 by its author, Librarian Susan Van Syckel.
It's a modest guide, intended for "law students and practitioners with little experience in researching foreign law...." It emphasizes "starting points" and "strategies"--the basic research skills needed to locate these sources in various formats. It is not a compendium of sources of foreign law, but a guide to locating (among other sources) the excellent print compendiums and Internet portal sites already compiled.
An added note: We're finding in our Library that our guides are changing--particularly with respect to Internet sites. Our guides no longer consist of topical "collections" of Internet sites per se. Rather we're incorporating (in integrated guides) briefer "pointers" to excellent collections of Internet sites already available. The emphasis is not on organizing sources, but on the process for finding them--skills that our student researchers can take with them. Are other law libraries experiencing this?