International Team Project: Uganda Research Checklist

Introduction

This is a selective list of resources prepared for students participating in the International Team Project: Uganda course at Northwestern University School of Law in the spring 2003 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 Uganda = Uganda (old call number system), basement of the Coon Library; see librarian
  • Africana = Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, in the Northwestern University main 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,IUA = Uganda (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 Uganda Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community 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 Uganda also available through Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community .

  • Country Report. Mozambique, Uganda. The Economist Intelligence Unit.

    AFRICANA (Large items) L 967.9005 C855

    Also available via the Internet Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

  • Country information on Uganda. From COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Background Note: Uganda. U.S. Dept. of State. (last updated December 2004)
  • 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

Laws and Legal System

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

  • Paul P.J. Coester, "The Legal System of Uganda," 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: Uganda. (Law Library of Congress) Includes links to both legal and non-legal resources.
  • The constitution of Uganda is available in the Pritzker Legal Research Center in hard copy in Constitutions of the Countries of the World (loose-leaf format)

    I,MON K 3157 .A2B58 1971 vol. 11

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

  • The text of Uganda's constitution is also available from the Government of Uganada web site and from the Parliament of Uganda web site.

Finding Books on Uganda

  • Szladits' Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law: Books and Articles in English. 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. 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: the Pritzker Legal Research Center has relatively few materials on Uganda and its legal systems. However, the Africana Library in Evanston has a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary legal materials and should be consulted with NUcat and should be requested through the Interlibrary Loan Request form, also found on our homepage.(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 uganda
    uganda 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:
    Marriage law--Uganda
    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:
    Hostile to democracy N,IUA JC 599 .U33B68 1999
    Examples of books and loose-leaf 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 communityCurrent Law Index R,REF K 33 .C87Lexis 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 (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

    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 (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.

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

Finding Statistics

  • NationMaster.com: Uganda
  • 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.WestlawAvailable 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."
  • The Internationalist: International Business. The Center for International Business and Travel.
  • GlobalEDGE (TM) Resource Desk. Michigan State University.

International Organizations

Government Publications and Information

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

    Most recent year is 1996.

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

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