Information and publications
0 On DEsite
1 General
2 Pillar structure
3 Bodies
4 Decision-making
5 Lobby groups
6 Case histories
7 Information and publications
  • Legislation
  • Case law
  • Legal doctrine
  • Citation standards
  • Anyone looking for European information soon find themselves in the proverbial wood that cannot be seen for the trees. The wide range of sources for sources, both printed and electronic, are a veritable nightmare for many a researcher and student. In this chapter, we will explain how to deal with this overabundance of information.

    In doing so, it is important to determine what kind of information you are looking for. The term "European information" is in fact a generic term that may concern legal, social, and economic information with a European dimension. Or it may concern information deriving from institutions such as the European Union, the Council of Europe, or the Western European Union. Finally, you can distinguish primary information from the literature. It is worthwhile to keep these different perspectives in mind when you enter a library or search the Internet.

    A book with a European-law background will be found in a legal library. A judgement of the European Court of Justice, however, is primary material and will be part of the Court´s information supply, which, in its turn, belongs to the information that is disseminated by the European Union. An electronic version of such a judgement can be found on the Internet or a paper version in one of the European Documentation Centres (EDC).

    In this chapter, a distinction is made between legislation, case law, and legal doctrine. The first two sections predominantly refer to primary sources. The third section refers to the literature. Section four describes how sources must be quoted correctly.

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    This chapter contains many references to sources that are freely accessible on the Internet, but it is still only a selection. For a more complete survey of sources and databases that can be accessed through the Internet, see the pages of the European Documentation Centre of Tilburg University.