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Directorate of Legal Research at the Library of Congress

The Directorate of Legal Research at the Library of Congress: A Treasure Hidden Under a Bushel Basket, By Michael Ravnitzky, LLRX.com, November 12, 2006.

Michael Ravnitzky, a Washington, D.C. area attorney and journalist, has published this useful article about this “little known but well-regarded and highly influential research department contained within the Library of Congress.” The mission of the Directorate of Legal Research is “to provide high quality, timely, and innovative research, analysis, and reference services on issues of international, and foreign and comparative law.”

But obtaining reports from the Directorate is very difficult. No overall list of DLR reports has ever been produced or released and the Directorate itself says that it has no comprehensive list of its own publications. While the Pennyhill Press sells copies of 66 DRL reports, there are evidently many more that it does not sell.

Ravnitzky does an excellent job of digging into the sources that do exist to track down this useful information. Bookmark this article for future reference questions!

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