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Dictionaries, Abbreviations & Citations

Listed below are a number of links to help the researcher find abbreviations, definitions and proper citation format. –  A finder for abbreviations and acronyms. – A comprehensive listing of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialism.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations – Covers both foreign language and English information – primarily from law reports and articles.

Dictionary.Law.Com – Searches a definition of a term or a definition that includes your term.

Dictionary of Law (7th ed.) – Defines major terms and concepts in the English
legal system.  Updated by Oxford University Press in 2013.  

Duhaime’s International Law Dictionary – A sub-listing of Duhaime’s comprehensive law dictionary.

Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citation, NYU School of Law, Journal of International Law and Politics – Includes country profiles as well as links to legislation, courts, and official publications.  There is also a section on international courts and organizations.

IATE – Inter-Active Terminology for Europe – Searches terms and words in a number of languages. Dictionary – Search by term or definition. – Multi-language dictionary.


Encyclopedias can be an excellent source of information.  They are a good starting point as they provide short, focused articles on a topic as well as lists of additional resources.

Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub., 2006 [K48.E42 2006]

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2012 [KZ1160.M39 2012] – This title is available in print and also electronically. 

Parry & Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 3d ed. [KZ1161.P37 2009] 

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