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Immigration Law Research Guide: Clinic Online Resources

Clinic Online Resouces

10/19 JS

A guide to fact investigation resources for students in the Rutgers-Newark Immigrant Rights Clinic.




AccessUN (RU only)

“AccessUN provides indexing for United Nations documents and publications as far back as 1966, with links to some full text documents. Issues addressed include peace and security, world hunger, human rights, economic development, the environment, and atomic energy.”

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

Includes searchable database of asylum case outcomes which can be filtered by type of persecution, country, and decision level/outcome.

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

EOIR Virtual Law Library

Includes AG/BIA Decisions with indexes and charts to precedent decisions, has page of country conditions research among other resources.

European Country of Origin Network

“The portal enables users to search through the full text of more than 200.000 documents from a variety of sources… covers more than 150 sources on a regular basis. preferably uses reliable information sources or sources with a high reputation, such as the United Nations, international non-governmental organisations, news and media services or government departments dealing with asylum and refugee issues. However, will also include less prestigious sources if they offer an added information value.”

Forced Migration Online Digital Library

“The digital library is a specialized collection of over 5,700 full-text documents, which can be accessed online….FMO’s digital library currently includes a significant collection of grey (unpublished) literature and research materials selected from the libraries of the Refugee Studies Centre, Tufts University's Feinstein International Famine Center, Columbia University's Program on Forced Migration (based in the Center for Population and Family Health), the Czech Helsinki Committee in Prague, and the American University in Cairo's Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program.”

Foreign Law Online (RU only)

"Provides Citations and sources (including English translations when possible) for many jurisdictions. Arranged by country. See subject section under each country for major laws."

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Responses to Information Requests Database  “Responses to Information Requests (RIR) respond to focused Requests for Information that are submitted to the Research Directorate in the course of the refugee protection determination process. The database contains a seven-year archive of English and French RIRs. Earlier RIRs may be found on the UNHCR's Refworld website.”

National Documentation Packages Database  “The National Documentation Packages (NDPs) contain a selection of documents on issues that are relevant to the determination of refugee protection claims. They are regularly reviewed and updated according to the information needs of the Refugee Protection Division (RPD).”

Library of Congress - Nations

Provides links to the constitution and governemntal branches of each nation, some translated.


“Collection of country of origin information, carefully selected from UNHCR, international, governmental and non-governmental sources. This section includes UNHCR country reports, and a wide range of documents from other sources, such as country profiles and assessments, research papers, query responses, and human rights reports.”  Also includes legal information.




Many organizations produce reports on country conditions.  The following is not intended to be exhaustive but rather a list of suggestions for starting your research.  To find additional non-governmental organizations you may wish to consult Duke University’s NGO database at

African Commission on Human and People’s Rights State Reports   

Freedom House Reports

Human Rights Watch

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

LGBT-Rights - Human Rights Watch 

Refugees International

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

U.S. Department of State

Human Rights Reports

Trafficking in Persons Reports

Women’s Refugee Commission




Academic Search Premier (RU only)

“A multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions….[Content includes] scholarly journals, magazines, several major newspapers, and a limited number of books, conference proceedings, and government publications.”

Access World News (RU only)

“Full-text content of over 2,200 North American newspapers and more than 1,200 international newspapers, plus 300 wire services and over 200 broadcast news transcripts.”

Alternative Press Index (RU only)

“Bibliographic coverage, with some full text, of more than 300 international journals, magazines, and newspapers offering an alternative, radical, or left perspective.”

Ethnic NewsWatch (RU only)

“An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press….A total of over one million articles (with about 250,000 of them in Spanish) from more than 250 publications. Coverage begins in 1990.”

Factiva (RU only) “full text of 14,000 leading business newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts.”

Newspaper Source Plus (RU only)

“Indexes more than 800 newspapers and news wire services from around the world, as well as television and radio news transcripts from many major broadcasting organizations. Many titles include the full-text or full-image content from recent years.”

NOTE: Lexis and Westlaw also contain news databases.  To search news in Westlaw Next, click the link for “News” under the “Browse All Content” tab. In Lexis Advance, click on the “All Content Types Tab”, click the box marked News, then click ok.


Immigration Court Practice Manual - A practice manual for the parties who appear before the Immigration Courts. This document is considered “best practices” nationwide.

BIA Practice Manual - This manual describes procedures, requirements, and recommendations for practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals.‚Äč



Loyola's US Immigration Law Research Guide

CALS Asylum Case Research Guide

LLRX Update to Guide to Country Research for Refugee Status Determination

Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Research Guide