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French Legal Research Guide

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

Periodical Literature

Want to find out if you can get electronic access to a journal article through the library? Check the Journal Finder. From the research page, it's listed under Frequently Used Databases on the right hand side of the page. The Journal Finder even tells you if a journal is available on Lexis and Westlaw. To use the 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 databases listed below.

Selected French-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.

  • Revue française de droit constitutionnel INTL K21 .F73
    Constitutional law periodical. Library has from 1990 to present.
  • Les cahiers du Conseil constitutionnel INTL K3 .A145
    Comparative constitutional law periodical with analysis of decisions from the constitutional counsel. Library has from 1997 to present.
  • Revue trimestrielle de droit civil INTL K21 .T75
    Civil law periodical. Library has from 1902 to present.