Government Information: International and Foreign
Submitted by email@example.com on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 15:20.
Where can I find India's parliamentary debates for last 10 years?
The Indian Parliament Home Page has the debates of both the Lok Sabha (House of the People) and the Rajya Sabha (Council of States), starting from 2004.
You can also look at India's main newspapers, Times of India and The Hindu for news on legislative actions. Stanford users can access the full text of both papers, as well as news from the BBC and Indian newswires, using LexisNexis.
A search for "Lok Sabha" in Searchworks and Melvyl (the UC library catalog) yields results as well. Stanford has series 4, v.1-2 (1967), v.30-32(1969), and v.45-47(1970), and UC Berkeley has 1952-2002 in its regional library. You can request the debates from Berkeley via interlibrary loan.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 15:48.
I'm looking for primary sources from Parliament members, British officials, or merchants involved in the opium trade. I'm starting with Parliamentary debates leading around 1840-1842, and was wondering if there's an easier way to do this than going into the stacks and looking at the index books for those years.
Relevant databases are listed on our British and Commonwealth history databases page, including the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database and the Times of London archive (newspapers are good for finding public records of the day). You can also try the UK National Archives, which has a good search engine and lots of public records besides the Parliamentary Papers (but the site charges, so try to find sources in the other databases first.)
One other strategy for finding primary materials is to scan the bibliographies in the secondary literature. You can also search Searchworks for the subject "China History Opium War" and you'll find lots of material (use the combined search if you want to delete titles written in Chinese).
You may also want to broaden your search terms for things like Anglo-Chinese War, British East India Company, trade, and China (within certain time frames), geographies like Canton and Macao, names like Lin Zexu (Chinese commissioner of Canton), Lord Napier, etc.
Submitted by email@example.com on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 14:00.
How can I find out about the rate of corruption in various countries?
Reference articles from our online Reference Resources:
Books on Legal Rhetoric
Sample search terms in Searchworks:
Current Events, Hot Topics and Debate Issues
- Facts on File: good overview of events, Issues and Controversies on Hot Topics, like treatment of detainees; Human Rights; Healthcare Reform; Separation of Church and State in US; Gun Control; International Criminal Court; Civil Liberties on War on Terror; Right to Die; Detainees' Rights, etc.
- The debatabase book [electronic resource] : a must-have guide for successful debate
- Publications for National Debaters: Finding Both Sides of an Issue
Recommended Law databases - United States:
- CQ Electronic Library: CQ's authoritative and balanced coverage of public affairs includes the CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly, CQ's Electronic Encyclopedia of American Government, the electronic version of Washington Information Directory (eWID), and the CQ Public Affairs Collection, CQ Insider, and CQ Supreme Court Collection.
- Congressional Publications (Proquest): United States government: includes Legislative Histories, Congressional Hearings, Congressional Record, House and Senate Reports, and more
- Lexis Nexis Academic (Select US Legal): includes US Federal and State Cases; Supreme Court Cases; Law Reviews; International
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) - a GREAT resource for review papers on subjects that congressional committee members might want for background on a topic that may be relevant to a legislative topic - for example, music piracy, or vigilantism, or health care or juvenile crime or media violence. Also available through Lexis Nexis Academic
- U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs, 1832-1978 + The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 + The Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926
- American Rhetoric: Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
Recommended Law databases - International:
- Official site of the Supreme Court of the U.S.:Provides general information, opinions, term orders, argument calendar, schedules, court rules, bar admission forms and instructions, case-handling guides, special notices, biographies of current and past justices, architectural details, and press releases. Includes a search engine for finding documents.
- Supreme Court Collection : Search this site for U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Includes an archive of decisions going back to 1990 (searchable by topic, justice, and party), highlights of the present term, a glossary, Supreme Court rules, and more. From the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School.
- Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Case Summaries, Oral Arguments & Multimedia: The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.