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Foreign Law Research: Library Catalog Research Tips

This guide will assist you when researching a foreign (not the U.S.) legal system.


PRIMO is the discovery tool at UH that allows you to search our library collections, including e-journals and e-books, using one search box. Users can change the defaults to suit research needs.  For example, if you have the title of a book or article, limit your search to the title field.

If you are conducting a KEYWORD or SUBJECT search, it is important to search by the name of the country or, if your results are poor, by the region in which the country is located.

      SUBJECT search examples:*

      [insert subject]    [name of country]    or    [name of region]

            Example: Employee rights china

            Example: Employee rights east asia

To conduct KEYWORD searches, it is recommended to use compound search terms because the database is extremely large.  Basic searches will yield too many results.

For example, instead of just searching for Palau, search for Palau and constitution and reform.


* Foreign law researchers can benefit from using a SUBJECT search.  The names of countries and many legal specialties are a recognized, formal "SUBJECT" term.  SUBJECT searches are the most efficient and exhaustive method of researching library and library-like databases.


Other Possibilities

UH students and faculty have direct access to our print and digital holdings via the PRIMO discovery platform.  Listed below are recommendations to conduct high quality research outside of the UH collection.  Search tips identified on this page for PRIMO, can also be utilized in these resources.