International Team Project: Botswana - Namibia Research Checklist

Introduction

This is a selective list of resources prepared for students participating in International Team Project: Botswana-Namibia at Northwestern Law in the Spring 2004 semester. By way of background, the law library has very few books specifically dealing with Botswana and Namibia although it subscribes to a number of electronic resources that provide up to date and valuable country information. You are encouraged explore the Africana collection of the Northwestern University Library in Evanston, one of the best collections of African materials in the United States (Reference Department telephone number: 847-467-3084).

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 (applicable to both countries):

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

AFRICANA = Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, in the Northwestern University Library (Evanston)

Country specific call numbers in the law library:

Africa Bots = the old call number for Botswana, located on the basement level of the Coon Library (limited materials). Closed stacks, see librarian for assistance.

N,IBO = the new location symbol for Botswana, 3rd floor of Rubloff (limited materials).

Africa Nam = the old call number for Namibia (after independence in 1990), located on the basement level of the Coon Library (limited materials). Closed stacks, see librarian for assistance.

Africa SA/SouthW = the old call number for Namibia (before independence in 1990), located on the basement level of the Coon Library (limited materials). Closed stacks, see librarian for assistance.

N,INA = the new location symbol for Namibia, 3rd floor of Rubloff (limited materials).

General Country Information

  • Europa World Year Book I,REF JN 1 .E84 2004

    Information on Botswana and Namibia is contained in the online version of this resource Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community .

  • 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 Botswana and Namibia).

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica R,REF AE 5 .E363 2002

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

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit provides country specific reports on Botswana and Namibia Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community .
  • The U.S. Dept. of State provides background notes on both Botswana (last updated November 2004) and Namibia (last updated November 2004)

Area Studies Resources

Governmental web sites

Laws and Legal Systems

  • Works covering both countries
    • 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.

    • Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia.
      Botswana: Vol. 1, pages 180-188
      Namibia: Vol. 3, pages 1083-1090

      I,REF K 48 .L44 2002

    • Law and Judicial Systems of Nations. World Jurist Association.
      Botswana: pages 65-66
      Namibia: pages 375-376

      I,REF K 583 .L375 2002

    • Constitutions from both countries available in Oxford Constitutions of the World Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community
  • Botswana
    • Introduction to the Botswana Legal System, by E. K. Quansah. 3rd ed. 2001

      AFRICANA 349.6883 Q1i 2001

    • Mercantile Law in Botswana, by John Kiggundu. 1996

      AFRICANA 346.6883 K47m

    • Botswana Statute LawAfricana collection has v. 50 (1966)-v. 85 (2001)

      AFRICANA 968.1A L425s

  • Namibia
    • Customary Law in Namibia: Development and Perspective; Namibia: Customary Land Law and the Implications for Forests, Trees, and Plants (Final Report), by Manfred O. Hinz. 5th ed. 2000

      AFRICANA L340.50968 H666c 2000

    • South African Law ReportsNamibian case law is included selectively.
      Law Library has 1947 to date.

      Africa SA 36 S72

    • Butterworths South African Constitutional Law Reports, available on LexisNexis (SACLR), includes "key constitutional law decisions" from Namibia.
    • Acts of Parliament (Namibia). Acts that have been "gazetted" since 1990.
    • Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia

Finding Books on Botswana and Namibia

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

    Search for: botswana, 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:
    Botswana 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 history--Namibia
    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:
    Doing Business in Botswana N,IBO KQK 7.3 .B87D65
    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 .C87LexisNexis 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.
  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals 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 Northwestern 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.
  • 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

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

Note: Botswana and Namibia may not be members of all the organizations listed below. However, these web sites can often be good sources of information about Botswana and Namibia.

Government Publications and Information

  • Bibliographic Guide to Government Publications: Foreign I,REF A 7164 .G7B72

    Most recent year is 1996.

  • Guide to Official Publications of Foreign Countries I,REF Z 7164 .G7G9464 1997

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