International Team Project: Italy Research Checklist

Introduction

This is a selective list of resources prepared for students participating in International Team Project: Italy at Northwestern Law in the Spring 2005 semester.

For questions about this guide, contact Heidi Kuehl, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian and Coordinator of Educational Programming and Outreach (e-mail | (312) 503-4725)

Also use the Conduct Research portion of the law library web site. In particular, see the Foreign and Comparative and International sections. The resources included in this checklist are in English unless otherwise noted. The library does, however, collect materials in Italian. See the librarian for assistance.

Key to call number locations:

  • I,REF = international reference area, 3rd floor of Rubloff
  • R,REF = reference room, 2nd floor of Rubloff
  • REF = shelving area under grand staircase, 2nd floor of Rubloff
  • D,USG = government documents shelving area, 3rd floor of Rubloff
  • I,MON = international and comparative law books, 3rd floor of Rubloff
  • I,PER = international periodicals, 2nd floor Rubloff
  • It = the old call number for Italy, located on the basement level of the Gary Library. Closed stacks, see librarian for assistance.
  • N,EIT = the new location symbol for Italy, 3rd floor of Rubloff

General Country Information

  • Europa World Year Book

    I,REF JN 1 .E84 2004

    Information on Italy 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

  • World Factbook

    I,REF G 122 .U56a 2004

    2004 edition also available via the Internet (see Italy).

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    R,REF AE 5 .E363 2002

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

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit provides reports on business conditions in Italy Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community .
  • The U.S. Dept. of State provides background notes on Italy.

Governmental web sites for Italy

Civil Law Legal Systems in General

  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, World Legal Systems world map showing legal traditions followed by each country.
  • Apple, James G. and Robert P. Deyling, A Primer on the Civil-Law System (Federal Judicial Center, 1995). This 70-page work, written for lawyers and judges, includes treatment of history, the civil law system as it functions today, and a comparison with common law.

    D,USG JU13.2:C49z, also available online.

  • Bruno, Phillippe, "The Common Law From a Civil Lawyer's Perspective," in Danner and Bernal, eds., Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems (Oceana, 1994), pages 1-13.

    I,REF K 561 .I58 1994

  • Merryman, John Henry, ed., The Civil Law Tradition: An Introduction to the Legal Systems of Western Europe and Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2nd ed. 1985). This short work (168 pages) is a classic.

    I,MON K 585 .M467 1985

  • Zaphiriou, George A., "Introduction to Civil Law Systems," in Danner and Bernal, eds., Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems (Oceana, 1994), pages 48-55.

    I,REF K 561 .I58 1994

Laws and Legal System

Introductions/Research Guides/Links:

  • Lena, Jeffrey S. and Mattei, Ugo (eds.). Introduction to Italian Law (2002)

    N,EIT KKH 68 .I57 2002

  • Watkin, Thomas Glyn. Italian Legal Tradition (1997)

    N,EIT KKH 68 .W38 1997

  • Overview of the Sources of Italian Law, by Raffaele Ladu.
  • Italian National and Regional Legislative Resources Online. By Maria Teresa Leonardi (LLRX.com)
  • Foreign Law Guide: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community by Reynolds and Flores. For each country, 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.

    Also available in print; shelved in office of Foreign and International Law Librarian. Online version is more current and includes links.

  • Italy Law Digest, in Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest. Digest of various areas of substantive law, especially useful for company, corporate, and tax law.

    I,REF K 68 .M37

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

  • Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia.

    Italy: Vol. 2, pages 761-766

    I,REF K 48 .L44 2002

  • "The Expanding Role of International and Comparative Law Studies: An Overview of the Italian Legal System" by Louis F. Del Duca, in Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia, volume 3.

    I,REF K 48 .M62 1988

  • Guide to Law Online (Law Library of Congress)
  • World Legal Information Institute: Italy
  • The Italian Civil Code, new rev. and updated ed. by Mario Beltramo

    N,EIT KKH 494.31942 .A52 1991 vol. 1-2

  • Annual Review of Population Law Abstracts of laws, sometimes full-text, includes family law topics.

    I,PER K 1 .N584

  • The Constitution of the Italian Republic ... as amended to June 13, 2003 is reprinted in Constitutions of the Countries of the World, vol. 9.

    I,MON K 3157 .A2B58 1971 v.9

    Also available electronically Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community (Search for "Italy" in "Jurisdiction" box)

Legislation -- Selected Online Sources:

Finding Books on Italy

  • 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 indx, 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. For example, to search on human rights in Italy, you might try:

    Search for: italy, select "all of these," search in "keyword anywhere"

    AND

    Search for: human rights, "select "as a phrase," search in "keyword anywhere"

    "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. An example of a "Keyword" searches is:
    Italy 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:
    Constitutional law--Italy
    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:

    Diritto Commerciale N,EIT KKH 920 .G35 2001

    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 .I58
  • 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-Share

      This 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: Legal Topics

  • LegalTrac Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community
    • Current Law Index R,REF K 33 .C87
    • LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community : Legal Resource Index (LAWREV;LGLIND)
    • Westlaw: Legal Resource Index (LRI) Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community

    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.

  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (ILP) Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community
    • R,REF K 33 .I5342

    A bibliographic database that cites articles from legal periodicals and indexes law books. Indexes periodicals from United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Also indexes university publications, yearbooks, institutes, and government publications. Subjects covered include international law. Dates covered: 1981 to present; ILP Retro (searchable alone or in combination with ILP) covers periodical articles 1918-1981.

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (most recent five issues) Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community
    • Current Index to Legal Periodicals R,REF K33 .C865
    • Westlaw 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 community
    • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals I,REF K 33 .I529

    This index, which began in 1960, covers more than 550 selected legal periodicals, most of which are published outside of the United States, as well as 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 web version covers 1985 onward.

Finding Articles, Papers, Proceedings, etc.: Non-Legal Topics

Note: The following is a selective list of useful finding aids. For a complete list of finding aids available at Northwestern, see the University Library's Electronic Resources database.

  • 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 community

    PAIS 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.

  • 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.

  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

    Citations from an international selection of publications, including over 2600 journals, in all areas of the social sciences with emphasis on economics, political science, sociology and anthropology. Information for this database is compiled by the British Library of Political and Economic Science and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • FirstSearch Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community 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:
    • 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.

    • ProceedingsFirst Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community

      Index of conference proceedings.

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 Online

    Westlaw (DAO) Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community

Finding Statistics

  • National Institute of Statistics (Italy)
  • NationMaster.com: Italy

    Comparative statistics from authoritative information sources.

  • OFFStats: Official Statistics on the Web.

    From the University of Auckland Library, this site "lists web sites offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar 'quotable' sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series."

  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Indexes statistical information from a variety of sources, including the United States government, research firms, trade associations, university studies, and international agencies.
  • Statistical Datasets Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Search for statistical information from more than 65 source organizations across 90 billion data points and 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables.

News: General, Legal, and Business

International Business Resources

  • See our web site's International Trade, Business, and Economic Law page.
  • ABI/INFORM Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

    Business and management index. Citations and abstracts of articles from more than 1,300 journals, including over 350 English-language international sources. Full-text articles from over 600 selected sources.

    Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community : ABI-INFORM (ABI/Inform (R) (DIALOG)) and ABI-INFORM Current (ABI/Inform (R) - Current (DIALOG))

  • Business Source Premier Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

    "[P]rovides nearly 3,300 full-text scholarly publications, including more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full-text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 4,100 journals. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more."

  • GlobalEDGE (TM) Resource Desk. Michigan State University.

Regional and International Organizations (Selective list)

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