This research guide offers a brief introduction to research in European Union (EU) law. The European Union (EU) is a supranational organization composed of many European countries that have decided to cooperate on a number of issues (economic, monetary, security, etc.) and adopt uniform laws. This organization has a long history and its name has changed several times. Read a brief history of the European Union.
For background sources on European Union law, see Ralph Folsom, European Union Law in a Nutshell (6th ed., 2011) Reserve KJE 949 .F55 2011. A much more detailed overview of EU law is contained in Encyclopedia of European Union Law (Neville March Hunnings ed., 1996- ) KJE926 .E53x.To locate more sources, conduct a subject search on MNCAT using the subject: law european union countries.
In order to help you decipher all the abbreviations and acronyms used in EU law and politics, see A Glossary of the European Communities and European Union.
An excellent guide to EU legal materials for novice researchers is Duncan Alford's European Legal Materials: A Guide for Infrequent Users. Another useful guide is Marylin Raisch's European Union.