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German Legal Research Guide

This in-depth guide will help researchers navigate the German legal materials.

Periodical Literature

Want to find out if you can get electronic access to a journal article through the library? Check the E-Journal Finder! From the library homepage, it's the first link under Quick Links. The E-Journal Finder even tells you if a journal is available on Lexis and Westlaw. To use the E-Journal Finder, type in the name of the journal, and see what sources will give you full-text electronic access. If we don't have the journal electronically, check the library catalog for a print version or request the article through interlibrary loan.

Indexes & Periodicals Databases

Periodical literature is a good way to obtain background information, locate the text of a law, a citation, or locate information about a subject. To obtain the best results, use periodical indexes to locate relevant citations.

Below are listed a few of the most commonly used journal indexes. See our journal indexes pagefor a complete list. If you are new to using indexes to find articles, have a look at these two guides:Locating Journal Articles: Foreign & International and Using Articles for Legal and Non-Legal Research.

Full text of articles are available in the Cambridge, Oxford and Kluwer databases listed below.

Selected German-Language Periodicals

Current editions of these journals are located at the Wolff circulation desk. Older editions are on the 4th floor of the Wolff Library.

  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR) K7 .E651 Intellectual property.
  • Monatsschrift für deutsches Recht K13 .O45 General legal periodical on German law.
  • Neue juristische Wochenschrift : NJW KK6 .N48 General legal periodical.
  • Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht K14 .E291 Labor law.
  • NVwZ : Neue Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht K14 .V85 Administrative law.
  • Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht
    K18 .A24 Comparative law.
  • Rechtstheorie K18 .E282 Jurisprudence.
  • WIRO : Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa K27 .I74 Economic law in Eastern Europe.
  • Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht K30 .E42 Public international law.
  • Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht K30 .E4731 Air and space law.
  • Zeitschrift für Rechtspolitik KK6 .Z4 Law and politics.
  • Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht K30 .E479 Corporate law.