PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service

PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service

Index database details: New York: Public Affairs Information Service, 1972-. Monthly with annual cumulations.

Review of PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service

According to “Introduction to Research in International Law, Research Guide” (see Further Reading), this database is a “selective list of the latest books, periodical articles, government documents, pamphlets, microfiche, and reports of public and private agencies relating to business, economics and social conditions, public policy and administration, and international relations. The system provides selective subjects and bibliographic access to periodicals, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries.

Materials are in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish with English language abstracts and subject headings. Contains more than 480,000 records, each with bibliographic information and brief, descriptive abstracts. Use PAIS Archive, a retrospective database chronicling global public policy and social issues from 1915 through 1976.”

See Also

Further Reading

  • Gabor, Francis A. Guide to Legal Research and Writing from the Transnational Perspective. Lake Mary, FL : Vandeplas Publishing, 2008.
  • Introduction to Research in International Law, Research Guide,University of Southern California Libraries, available at
  • European law databases: an experiment in retrieval, PJ O’Shea, E Wilson
  • How to find the law, ML Cohen, RC Berring, KC Olson
  • The Death of the Digest and the Pitfalls of Electronic Research: What Is the Modern Legal Researcher to Do?. LF Peoples – 97 Law library Journal 661-679, 2005
  • Law library evaluation standards: how will we evaluate the virtual library. GM Daly – J. Legal Educ., 1995
  • Forty-Two: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Teaching Legal Research to the Google Generation.I Gallacher – bepress Legal Series, 2005
  • Legal research in the computer age: A paradigm shift. CM Bast, RC Pyle – Law Libr. J., 2001
  • LawBot: a multiagent assistant for legal research. S Debnath, S Sen, B Blackstock
  • Electronic Databases in Legal Research: Beyond Lexis and Westlaw. SB Kauffman – Rutgers Computer & Tech. LJ, 1987
  • Collapse of the Structure of the Legal Research Universe: The Imperative of Digital Information. RC Berring – Wash. L. Rev., 1994
  • Full-text databases and legal research: Backing into the future. RC Berring – High Tech. LJ, 1986



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AccessUN, Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Law library, Legal Research, Lexis, List of International Law Indexes and Databases, List of Legal Databases and Indexes, Public International Law. Bibliography and links, Sociological Abstracts, Treaties.



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