International Team Project: Malawi Research Checklist
This is a selective list of resources prepared for students participating in the International Team Project: Malawi course at Northwestern Law in the Spring 2002 semester.
Also use the Conduct Research portion of the law library web site. In particular, see the Foreign and Comparative and International sections.
Key to call number locations:
- Except for "Africana," all are in the Pritzker Legal Research Center (the law library)
- Africa Malw = Malawi (old call number system), basement of Coon; see librarian
- Africana = Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, in the Northwestern University Library (Evanston)
- D,USG = government documents shelving area, 3rd floor of Rubloff
- I,MON = international and comparative law books, 3rd floor of Rubloff
- I,REF = international reference area, 3rd floor of Rubloff
- N,IMI = Malawi (new call number system), 3rd floor of Rubloff
- REF = shelving area under grand staircase, 2nd floor of Rubloff
- R,REF = reference room, 2nd floor of Rubloff
General Country Information
- Europa World Year book I,REF JN 1 .E84 2004
Information on Malawi also available on the online version.
- Political Handbook of the World I,REF JF 37 .P63 2005/2006
- World Factbook I,REF G 122 .U56a 2004
Also available via the Internet.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica R,REF AE 5 .E363 2002
Information on Malawi also available through Encyclopaedia Britannica Online .
- Country Report. Mozambique, Malawi. The Economist Intelligence Unit.
AFRICANA (Large items) L 967.9005 C855
Also available via the Internet .
- Country information on Malawi from COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa)
- Country information on Malawi from SADC (Southern African Development Community); includes National Anthem of Malawi (can be listened to).
- Country profile of Malawi from SADC Trade, Industry and Investment Review.
- Additional useful sources of country information are accessible via our web site's Foreign Law and Country Information page, Country and Regional Information (Not Limited to Law) section.
African Studies web sites and Databases
Law and Legal System of Malawi
- 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 Foreign Law Office.
Also available via the Internet .
- Paul P. J. Coester, "The Legal System of Malawi," in Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia, vol. 6, page 6.310. (Note: this chapter may be out-of-date.)
I,REF K 48 .M62 1988
- Guide to Law Online: Malawi Law Library of Congress. Includes links to both legal and non-legal resources.
- The constitution of Malawi is available in the Pritzker Legal Research Center in hard copy in Constitutions of the Countries of the World (looseleaf format)
I,MON K 3157 .A2B58 1971 vol. 11
The text of Malawi's constitution is also available from University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center and the Malawi Sustainable Development Network Programme web sites.
Finding Books on Malawi
- Szladits' Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law: Books and Articles in EnglishThis major research tool has undergone some changes over the years. Through 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. It originally excluded common law jurisdictions, but later added such coverage. Publication of the supplements, which had been suspended for a few years, has recently resumed. The format and coverage have changed. This index now covers only books, not periodical articles. Statutes are now usually excluded. The arrangement of entries, which formerly followed a classified scheme on civil law lines, now follows a geographical arrangement.
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 mthods) 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 malawi
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:
malawi and (law? or legal)
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:
Broadcasting Law in Malawi N,IMI KSS 109.5 .C58 1997
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 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: Legal Topics
- LegalTrac Current Law Index R,REF K 33 .C87LexisNexis : Legal Resource Index (LAWREV;LGLIND)Westlaw : 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) Current Index to Legal Periodicals R,REF K33 .C865Westlaw : 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 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
Resources covering more than one topic
- PAIS International 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. This publication is the continuation of two earlier indexes, PAIS Bulletin (English language sources) and PAIS Foreign Language Index.
- CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online 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 Short articles by Oxford Analytica in the areas of business and management, economics, and political science.
- EXAC (Expanded Academic ASAP) 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 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 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:
ArticleFirst 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 Index of papers presented at conferences.
ProceedingsFirst Index of conference proceedings.
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 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 database).
- LexisNexis Statistical Indexes statistical information from a variety of sources, including the United States government, research firms, trade associations, university studies, and international agencies.
- NationMaster.com: Malawi
- 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."
Legal and Business News, Business Analysis, Full-Text
- LexisNexis : Country and Region (excluding U.S.); then either Worldnews, Bus. Anal and Country Info., etc. or Middle East and Africa.
- Westlaw : International/Worldwide materials; then Sub-Saharan Africa; then Regional Materials.
International Business Resources
- See our web site's International Trade, Business, and Economic Law page.
- ABI/INFORM 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 : ABI-INFORM and ABI-INFORM-C (current)LexisNexis : BUSFN;ABI
- Business Source Premier "[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."
- The Internationalist: International Business. The Center for International Business and Travel.
- GlobalEDGE (TM) Resource Desk. Michigan State University.
- African Human Rights Resource Center. University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.
- Women's Human Rights Resources. Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto.
- Country Report on Human Rights Practices - 2006. Malawi. U.S. Dept. of State
In print: D,USG Y4.F76/
- Amnesty International Annual Report 2004: Malawi
- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Human Rights Watch: Malawi
- U.N. Human Rights Documentation, A Guide to Country-Specific Research, 1996, by Penny L. Parker. Minnesota Human Rights Library.
- Human Rights portion of Pritzker Legal Research Center web site
- Saha, Santosh. Dictionary of Human Rights Advocacy Organizations in Africa (1999)
I,REF JC 599 .A36S24 1999
- African Directory: Human Rights Organizations (Human Rights Internet Reporter, vol. 16, no. 1)
I,REF JC 599 .A35A372 1996
African Regional Organizations
Additional Resources for Special Topics:
Art and Culture
- Web of Knowledge Select "Arts and Humanities Citation Index."
- Humanities Abstracts "Bibliographic citations from more than 450 periodicals in topics such as archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and world literature. Records added since 1994 have abstracts, and many citations have links to the full text of the article."
- eHRAF Collection of Ethnography Human Relations Area Files. Yale University. Cross-cultural database on all aspects of cultural and social life, organized by culture and ethnic group.
- EconLit Citations and selected abstracts to articles from more than 400 economics journals.
Land Use/Natural Resources
Women and Children's Issues