International Team Project: Ecuador Research Checklist

Introduction

This is a selective list of resources prepared for students participating in the International Team Project: Ecuador course at Northwestern Law in the Spring 2007 semester.

Also use the Conduct Research portion of the law library web site. In particular, see the Foreign and Comparative and International sections. For an excellent guide to the civil law system, see A Primer on the Civil-Law System, by James G. Apple and Robert P. Deyling (Federal Judicial Center).

Note: The law library does not collect materials on Latin American countries in vernacular languages.

Key to call number locations:

I,REF = international reference area - 3rd floor

I,MON = international and comparative law monographs - 3rd floor

R,REF = reference room - 2nd floor

REF = shelving area under grand staircase - 2nd floor

Sp.Ecu = the old call number for Ecuador - closed stacks, request at Circulation Desk

N,SEC = the new location symbol of Ecuador - 3rd floor

N,LAA = the new location symbol for Latin America - 3rd floor

Main = the Northwestern University Library in Evanston - items at this location may be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan

General Country Information

  • Europa World Year Book I,REF JN 1 .E84 2006

    Information on Ecuador Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community also available via the online version.

  • Political Handbook of the World I,REF JF 37 .P63 2005/2006

    Also available electronically Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community . Select Ecuador from "browse by countries" feature.

  • Statesman's Yearbook I,REF JA 51 .S7 2007
  • World Factbook I,REF G 122 .U56a 2006

    2006 edition also available electronically.

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica R,REF AE 5 .E363 2002

    Information on Ecuador also available through Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community .

  • Background Note: Ecuador. U.S. Dept. of State. (last updated December 2006)
  • Portals to the World: Ecuador (Library of Congress)
  • Ecuador: A Country Study. N,SEC F 3708 .E383 1991

    Also available electronically. While an older publication (research was completed in 1989), it still retains value for its presentation of Ecuador's history.

Business Conditions

Governmental web sites for Ecuador

Latin American Studies

Law and Legal System of Ecuador

Introductions and Research Guides

  • "Ecuador," by Rodrigo Bermeo, in Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Culltural Encyclopedia, Herbert M. Kritzer, ed. (2002), vol. II, pages 457-462. Rodrigo Bermeo is with the Bermeo and Bermeo Law Firm, Quito, Ecuador.

    I,REF K 48 .L44 2002

  • Reynolds and Flores. Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World. Includes background on the legal system and legal publication, as well as citations to laws on particular topics and English language translations. An indispensable source for foreign law research.

    Print copy shelved in the office of the Foreign and International Law Librarian.

    Also available via the Internet Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community.

  • World Legal Information Institute: Ecuador (WorldLII)
  • Guide to Law Online: EcuadorLaw Library of Congress. Includes links to both legal and non-legal resources.
  • GLIN (Global Legal Information Network) - Laws, judicial decisions, legislative records, and legal literature for Ecuador.
  • Ecuador Law Digest, in Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest. Summaries of statutory law in various areas; especially useful for company, corporate, and tax law.

    I,REF K 68 .M37 2005. Revised for 2005 edition by Curtis, Mallett-Prevost, Colt & Mosie LLP, of New York.

    Also available on LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community (INTDIG file)

Primary Law

Constitution

Legislation

Courts and Jurisprudence

Treaties and Agreements - Selected Sources

Law Firms in Ecuador

  • Law Firms, Ecuador (The World Law Guide, Lexadin).
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory. I,REF K 68 .M375 2005.

    Also available on LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community (SCCDIR file)

Finding Books on Ecuador

  • Szladits' Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law: Books and Articles in EnglishThrough the supplement for 1989-90 it provided references to books, journal articles, and essays published in collections, in English. It included a section citing to the texts of laws (including constitutions) in translation, published in both books and articles. This index now covers only books, not periodical articles. Statutes are now usually excluded.

    I,REF K 38 .S94 1955 and supplements

    I,REF K 38 .S94 1990

    I,REF K 38 .S94 1995/1996

    I,REF K 38 .S94 1997/1998

  • To find books at Northwestern University:NUcat, the catalog of Northwestern University libraries, provides various ways to find books on a topic. These include searching by keyword (for which there are several methods) and searching by subject (using Library of Congress subject headings).

    (Note: NUcat can be used to find out whether the library owns a particular periodical, but it is not used for finding articles within periodicals; for this, you use a periodical index, described in the following section.)"Guided Search" tab: It is sometimes easiest to start with a "guided" search, using words or phrases that are likely to appear in the record for a relevant book. From the NUcat screen, click on the "Guided Search" tab. Guided searches allow you to search for words or phrases in specific parts of the bibliographic record (e.g., author, title, subject) or as keywords; to use connectors (e.g., and, or); and to limit your search (e.g., by location, date, language). The search screen is set up in such a way as to guide you through the search formulation process and minimize the amount of typing. Searching in "keyword anywhere" is usually the best."Search" tab: Keyword searching is also available under the "Search" tab by clicking on "keyword search" or "keyword phrase search." You must formulate and type in the search, both terms and connector, yourself. Some examples of "Keyword" searches are:

    constitution? and ecuador

    ecuador and (law? or legal)

    Once you have found a relevant book, you can look at the record in "long view" to find the Library of Congress subject headings for the book. You can then do a subject search by clicking on the link. This will sometimes retrieve additional relevant books that were not found by the keyword search. You may also do a subject heading search from the "Search" tab by choosing "Subject Heading." An example of a Library of Congress subject heading is:
    Law--Ecuador
    Note: Materials on the law of a particular country on a particular subject might be found either in books devoted to the jurisdiction or in materials devoted to the subject. An Example of a work classified (i.e., shelved) by jurisdiction is:
    Author's Right: A Universal Right N,SEC KHK 1579 .P7613 1993
    Examples of books and looseleaf services, etc., on a specific subject, which include discussion of more than one jurisdiction:

    Constitutions of the Countries of the World I,MON K 3157 .A2B58 1971-Copyright Laws and Treaties of the World I,MON K 1419.2 1956-Digest of Commercial Laws of the World I,MON K 1005.4 .D54 1996-International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations I,MON K1705.4 .I58International Civil Procedure I,MON K 2205 .I58 2003

    Examples of books and looseleaf services, etc., on a specific region, such as Latin American countries:

    The Judiciary and Democratic Decay in Latin America: Declining Confidence in the Rule of Law N,LAA KG 495.P75 2000Reform of Latin American banking systems N,LAA HG 2710.5.A6R456 2000

    Many books at Northwestern discuss issues related to Ecuador within the context of discussion of the Andes Region as a whole. Hence, it may be helpful to run sbuject searches on the Andes Region. Some example searches are provided below:

    Andes Region--Economic conditions Andes Region--Politics and government Andes Region--Social conditions

  • To find books at other libraries:WorldCat Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community This international database contains records from thousands of libraries.I-ShareThis database contains records for many Illinois libraries.

    The library catalogs of many other institutions may be accessed via our law library catalogs and homepages page.

Finding Articles

The following are indexes that can be searched to identify articles, etc., on a subject. In some instances, in addition to a bibliographic citation, a direct link to full-text of the article will be provided. Often a "Find it at NU" button will lead to a full-text electronic source. If no full-text is identified, search NUcat by the title of the journal to see if the journal in which the article appears is owned in print format by Northwestern. If it is in the Northwestern University Library (or not held by Northwestern at all) you can submit an interlibrary loan request for the article. Note: before beginning to search any index, consult its "help" feature to be sure you are constructing an effective search.

Legal Topics

  • LegalTrac Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law communityCurrent Law Index R,REF K 33 .C87LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community : Legal Resource Index (LAWREV;LGLIND)Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community : Legal Resource Index (LRI)

    The most comprehensive periodical index for U.S. legal research, this index, which began in 1980, can also be used to find articles on international and comparative law topics. It covers more than 850 journals from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Australia.

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (most recent five issues) Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law communityCurrent Index to Legal Periodicals R,REF K33 .C865Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community : CILP database (most recent eight issues)

    A current awareness service, published weekly by the University of Washington law library. More up-to-date than LegalTrac.

  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University communityIndex to Foreign Legal Periodicals I,REF K 33 .I529

    An index of articles and book reviews appearing in more than 550 selected legal periodicals, most of which are published outside of the United States, as well as the contents of collections of essays, dealing with international law (both public and private), comparative law, and the domestic law of countries worldwide. It does not attempt to cover the legal systems of the United States, the British Isles, and the British Commonwealth. The print edition covers 1960 onward; the web version covers 1985 onward.

  • HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community - Search International and Non-U.S. law journals in the "Law Journal Library."

Non-Legal Topics

Resources covering more than one topic in the social sciences and humanities

  • HAPI Online: Hispanic American Periodicals Index Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Provides citations to worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States.
  • HLAS Online - Handbook of Latin American Studies (Library of Congress) - An annotated bibliography of multidisciplinary, scholarly works on Latin America.
  • PAIS International (1972 - present) Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community and PAIS International Archive (1937-1976) Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University communityPAIS International in Print REF Z 7163 .P9223

    Published by Public Affairs Information Service. Indexes and abstracts public and social policy literature published in over 120 countries. Includes such areas as economics, finance, law, education, the military, political science, public administration, international law and relations, the environment, and demography. The materials indexed include journal articles, books, reports of governmental, private, and intergovernmental organizations, statistical directories, research reports, conference reports, selected microfiche, and selected Internet resources originally published in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. This publication is the continuation of two earlier indexes, PAIS Bulletin (English language sources) and PAIS Foreign Language Index.

  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Citations, abstracts, and selected full-text articles covering topics in international affairs, collected largely from university- and foundation-funded research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and academic conferences. Includes working papers, conference proceedings, journal and book abstracts, and links to related resources.
  • OxResearch Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Short articles by Oxford Analytica in the areas of business and management, economics, and political science.
  • EXAC (Expanded Academic ASAP) Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community An online index to articles in more than 1,000 periodicals covering the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences, and current affairs.
  • Web of Knowledge Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Web of Knowledge contains five individual databases, which may be searched separately or simultaneously: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation Index-Science, and Book Citation Index-Social Sciences and Humanities. Social Sciences Citation Index covers anthropology, history, industrial relations, law, linguistics, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social issues, sociology, substance abuse, urban studies, women's studies.
  • FirstSearch Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community FirstSearch includes a number of databases that index articles, papers, and proceedings in a variety of subject areas. A few of the individual databases are listed below. For FirstSearch databases, interlibrary loan requests for articles may be placed directly from the record, but check NUcat first.
  • ArticleFirst Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community Index of articles from 12,500 journals in business, the humanities, social sciences, popular culture, science, technology, and medicine, from 1990 onwards. Some entries have abstracts; some have full-text.
  • PapersFirst Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community Index of papers presented at conferences.
  • ProceedingsFirst Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community Index of conference proceedings.
  • Project Muse Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community - Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. Many links to full-text articles.
  • Social Science Research Network Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community A service providing scholarly research papers, working papers, and journals in numerous social science disciplines, including law, economics, and financial economics.

Finding Dissertations

Dissertations Abstracts database. "Citations and abstracts for doctoral dissertations, and some master's theses, from accredited North American colleges and universities and some international universities." Available from the following:

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Full-Text Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Entries for more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. More than 600,000 dissertations and theses are available in native or image PDF formats for immediate free download.
  • Dissertations Abstracts OnlineWestlaw (DAO) Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community
  • Current Research @ Northwestern University Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

Finding Statistics

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