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Legal Research: Secondary Sources: General Reference Books

General Reference Books

United States

Oxford Companion to American Law

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States

The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions

Restatements (via Westlaw, US Tab) - 'Restate' the common law rules on a subject and also provide commentary on the proper interpretations of the rules, demonstrating how the rules should apply in certain situations, and summaries of cases applying and interpreting the Restatement.

Other jurisdictions

Foreign Law Guide - Guide to primary and secondary sources of law for over 170 countries, including overviews of their legal systems. Browse by country or search using keywords.

GlobaLex - GlobaLex is an open access electronic legal publication dedicated to international, comparative and foreign domestic law research. Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, Globalex provides excellent and up to date overviews of the legal systems of individual countries, guides to legal research and links to primary and secondary material. Browse by country or search using keywords.

The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

Country by country legal systems

JuriGlobe provides an overview of world legal systems. You can search by country, system of law, UN member states, political entities and languages. 

International legal reference

Australian Year Book of International Law

British Year Book of International Law

Yearbooks for many other countries, jurisdictions and topics are available in the Hein Foreign and International Law Resources database

Encyclopaedia of Human Rights - Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Law