International Team Project: South Africa Research Checklist

Introduction

Prepared for International Team Project: South Africa at Northwestern University School of Law, spring 2012 semester, by Irene Berkey, Foreign and International Librarian and revised by Heidi Kuehl, Coordinator of Educational Programming and Outreach.

The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (the Africana Collection) at the NU main library is the largest separate Africana Collection in the world. Its comprehensive subject collection includes law.

Country Information

  • General Resources by Country or Region Pritzker Legal Research Center. The resources on this page provide a great deal of information on the history, geography, government, economy, etc., of the countries of the world. See "Resources for more than one country or region."

Business and Economic Conditions: Additional Resources

African Studies Web Sites and Other Web Sites for Africa

South African Governmental Information

Laws and Legal System

Introductions, Description, Analysis, Legal Research, Legal Organizations

Comprehensive Legal Links

Constitution

Statutes

Cases

Finding Books on South Africa

  • NUcat Searching Tips: Using NUcat to search for books on a topic.
    The preceding section explains how clicking on the "Library of Congress Subject Headings" in a catalog record can help to focus a search. Subject headings can also be searched directly. From the NUcat "Search" tab, search in "Subject Heading" or "Browse Subject Heading" Some Library of Congress Subject Headings are listed below. (The dashes and parentheses can be omitted.)
    human rights -- South Africa
    women in development -- South Africa
    Zanzibar -- politics and government -- 1964-
  • Finding Books at Other Libraries (WorldCat  Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community )

Finding Articles:

Hints: Many subject areas are relevant - not just law. | Use indexes to identify relevant articles. | "Advanced search" often easier than "basic search." | Find relevant citation, then click on "subject headings" or "descriptors" to find more. | "Find it at NU" button often leads to electronic full text. | NUcat "journal title" search leads to print and/or electronic full text.

South African Law Journals

Finding Dissertations

Finding Statistics

News: General, Legal, and Business

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  • ISI Emerging Markets Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Sub-Saharan Africa > News > Latest News by Country > South Africa
  • Lexis. Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community News & Business; then Country & Region (excluding U.S.); then either Worldnews or Middle East & Africa.
  • Westlaw. Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community International/Worldwide materials; then Sub-Saharan Africa; then Regional Materials and Individual Country Materials.
  • allAfrica.com (African news wire)
  • Law Society of South Africa Click on "Media"
  • Legalbrief. Includes an extensive archive of law-related newspaper articles (in full text), including reports on court cases and new legislation. (Some materials available to subscribers only)
  • News and Media Links. From South Africa Government Information.
  • De Rebus
  • World News Connection Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Provided to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) by the Open Source Center (OSC)

International Organizations

African Regional Organizations

(Note: South Africa is not a member of all of these organizations or a signatory to all treaties creating the organizations)

Other Intergovernmental Organizations

(Note: South Africa is not necessarily a member of all.)

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) resources:

  • NGO Pulse Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)
  • HuriSearch Portal HURIDOCS (Human Rights Documentation and Information Systems International) A search engine that searches over 4,000 human rights websites worldwide.

Additional Resources for Selected Topics:

Diamond Industry

  • ISI Emerging Markets Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community . Under “ South Africa” select “Industries,” then “Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction." Search within this industry for “diamond.”

Education

  • ERIC (EBSCO) Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Citations to articles and reports on education.

HIV/AIDS

Human Rights

Human Trafficking

Refugees/Forced Migration

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Water Rights/Environment/Land Use

  • ECOLEX. World Conservation Union (IUCN). A database of information on environmental law.
  • FAOLEX. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. A legislative database on food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources.

Wine Industry

South African Law Schools and Law Libraries - selective list

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