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The databases and online resources below contain information of interest to researchers of law and related subjects. Email lawref@wlu.edu with questions about access or use of these resources. For a more comprehensive listing of interdisciplinary databases available to the W&L community, please visit Leyburn Library’s A-Z Databases list.

TitleDescriptionAccess
Access UNThe Readex United Nations Index (Access UN) provides current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications, from 1945 to present.Subscription
America's Historical NewspapersSearch and browse American newspapers published across three centuries. Includes thousands of titles from all 50 states. Chronicles the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past. Provided by Readex/Newsbank.Leyburn
Annual ReviewsComprising nearly 50 disciplines, the Annual Review publications transfer expert knowledge from the expanding corpus of academic literature to scholars and society. Annual Reviews of interest to legal researchers include:Leyburn
Avalon ProjectThe Avalon Project offers digitized transcriptions of documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Provided by Yale Law School.Free
Biographical Directory of Federal JudgesProvided by the Federal Judicial Center, the directory includes the biographies of judges presidentially appointed to serve during good behavior since 1789 on the U.S. district courts, U.S. courts of appeals, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Court of International Trade, as well as the former U.S. circuit courts, Court of Claims, U.S. Customs Court, and U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.Free
Biographical Directory of the United States CongressOfficial biographical directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to present.Free
Bloomberg LawComprehensive legal research platform, providing national and state-level primary and secondary U.S. legal materials. Includes judicial decisions, statutes, dockets, books and treatises, journals, company and market information, news, and biographical directories. (Law School access only; account/password required.)Subscription
Bloomberg Law DocketsThis platform is to be used in place of PACER for the Law School community. Access federal court filings and selected state court filings via Bloomberg Law. Includes both dockets and electronically available filings. Use the docket template to search by jurisdiction, docket number, date, party name, etc. (Law School access only; account/password required.)Subscription
Bloomberg Law Practice CentersFormerly BNA Resource Centers, these practice-area-specific platforms are now within Bloomberg Law (Law School access only; account/password required). Each Center provides authoritative, in-depth, and practice-oriented news, plus insights and analysis from respected practitioners on developments in their fields of law. The topical Practice Centers include: Subscription
Cambridge CoreFormerly Cambridge Journals. Provides full-text access to academic content from Cambridge University Press, including over 1.6 million journal articles and 36,000+ books, browsable by topic or searchable by keyword. Often of interest to legal researchers are the following subject areas:Leyburn
Cardiff Index to Legal AbbreviationsProvided by Cardiff University, this database allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations used in legal publications, including U.S., British Isles, and Commonwealth sources. Many international, comparative, and major foreign language law publications are also included.Free
CCH IntelliConnectTransactional practice-oriented online platform that includes Wolters Kluwer, CCH, and Aspen titles across subject areas including tax, business, securities, energy, banking, trade regulation, and products liability.Subscription
Century of Law MakingU.S. Congressional documents and debates (1774-1875) from the Library of Congress American Memory Project.Free
CheckpointFormerly RIA Checkpoint, this tax law research database includes Research Institute of America publications and related primary materials. Provided by Thomson Reuters.Subscription
Chronicle of Higher EducationCurrent and archived issues and online content of the Chronicle of Higher Education via the publication's website.Leyburn
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)From the U.S. GPO website, the official annual codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the federal government. Includes the annual CFR from 1996 to present.Free
Congress.govThe Library of Congress' official platform for information from and about the U.S. Congress. Coverage begins with 1994-95. Includes access to the Congressional Record, bills and resolutions, committee reports, and more. Replaced the previous THOMAS website.Free
Constitute ProjectDatabase of constitutions of the countries of the world, translated into English. Developed by the Comparative Constitutions Project at the University of Texas at Austin.Free
CQ MagazineA weekly non-partisan magazine covering the U.S. Congress, providing news and expert analysis of all aspects of legislative activity and politics. Leyburn
CQ Washington Information DirectoryE-book version of an annual publication for information on U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Leyburn
Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)Weekly listing of new law review/journal articles, listed by topic and by issue table of contents. Provided by University of Washington School of Law.Subscription
Data.govThe home of the U.S. Government’s open data. Includes data sets, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.Free
EBSCO Academic Search CompleteMultidisciplinary collection of journal and periodical databases from EBSCOhost, with extensive full-text availability. Databases of interest to legal researchers include: Leyburn
Environmental Law ReporterAn online research platform edited by attorneys that provides analysis of environmental, sustainability, natural resources, energy, toxic tort, and land use law and policy. ELR has three components: News & Analysis, ELR Update, and ELR Online.Subscription
FactivaGlobal news database of over 30,000 sources including newspapers, licensed publications, influential websites, blogs, images and videos. 74% of Factiva’s premium news sources are not available on the free web and thousands more are available via Factiva on or before the date of publication by the source. Provided by Dow Jones.Leyburn
Federal Sentencing GuideAccess to every federal sentencing guideline case published since the guidelines became effective in November 1987. Additional access to a bi-weekly newsletter and digest of recent federal sentencing cases.Subscription
Federal Sentencing ReporterFederal Sentencing Reporter explores the complex area of sentencing law, practice and theory. Along with the presentation of new ideas and viewpoints on existing legislation and sentencing guidelines, the journal examines questions of sentencing policy and the practical application of modern sentencing reforms. Published by University of California Press.Subscription
FederalRegister.govOfficial website for the Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. Government. Includes administrative regulations, proposed rules, and notices of Federal executive agencies and organizations from 1994 to present.Free
FindLawFree legal resources online for the general public including substantive state and federal materials, informational articles, attorney directories, and legal forums.Free
FindLaw for Legal ProfessionalsFree legal resources online for legal professionals, including case law and statutory codes, legal news, and career resources.Free
FirstSearchOver 40 million records of any type of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Useful for law review and journal cite checking to search for books at other libraries.Subscription
Foreign Law GuideDatabase offering information on sources of foreign law, including bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations, and selected references to secondary sources. Approximately 190 jurisdictions are covered and updated by a global team of experts.Subscription
Google ScholarGoogle Scholar searches scholarly literature and periodicals on the web, including case law and patents, and links to full text articles where available through W&L subscriptions or on the open web.Free
HathiTrustHathi Trust is a global partnership of research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Includes collections of digitized print materials from over 140 member institutions worldwide.Free
HeinOnlineFull-text PDF archive of law reviews and journals, Congressional documents, treaties, historical state and federal statutes, legal classics, appellate briefs, and other legal documents. Popular collections include:Subscription
Historical Statistics of the United StatesDatabase of over 37,000 data series (statistical categories) from U.S. and Colonial history. Also contains extensive essays on the measurements of U.S. history. Data are available as published tables, Excel spreadsheets, PDF documents, and graphs or charts.Leyburn
ICC Dispute Resolution LibraryThe ICC Dispute Resolution Library is a dynamic and searchable online service provided by the ICC International Court of Arbitration, containing more than 1000 relevant documents from its established publications archive.Subscription
Index to Foreign Legal PeriodicalsA subject index to selected international and comparative law periodicals and collections of essays, from 1960 to present. Produced at the Berkeley Law Library, University of California for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Available via HeinOnline.Subscription
JSTORJSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Articles are downloadable in PDF.Leyburn
Law Journal RankingsExtensive list of law reviews and journals (U.S. and foreign), with citation rankings, homepage links, editorial contact info, and author submission process. Maintained by Washington and Lee University School of Law Library.Free
Law.comLaw.com provides in-depth coverage of the issues that mean the most to private practitioners, judges, corporate lawyers, government attorneys and other members of the legal community. The platform provides access to publications by ALM including: Subscription
Law360Law 360 is a legal news platform with more than 40 practice area, industry, and state sections that cover litigation, legislation and regulation, corporate deals, major personnel moves, and legal industry news and trends. Provided by LexisNexis.Subscription
Leadership LawLeadership Law from Leadership Connect is a continually updated career resource database that includes contact information for 5,450+ federal and state judges, 4,850+ judicial law clerks, 83,000+ contacts in courts and law firms, law firm headquarters and branch offices, and law firm committees and practice groups. (Law School access only; account/password required. Please contact LawCareer@wlu.edu for access.)Subscription
Legal Information InstituteThe LII publishes open-access online versions of core materials in numerous areas of the law, including the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, and Criminal Procedure. Also links to authoritative state legal resources. Provided by Cornell Law School.Free
Lexis AdvanceThe premier LexisNexis legal research platform, providing full text of U.S. and international primary and secondary legal materials and the Shepard's citator, plus a wide range of news, company, biographical, and public records information. (Law School access only; account/password required.)Subscription
Making of Modern LawThe collections of The Making of Modern Law (MOML) cover nearly every aspect of American and British law and dig deep into the legal traditions of Europe, Latin America, Asia, and other jurisdictions. Covering a range of primary materials and analytical literature, the databases include digitized books, records, and writings from influential legal writers throughout history. Collections include: Subscription
Martindale.comOnline replacement of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, providing professional, biographical, and contact information on attorneys in the U.S. and worldwide.Free
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)National Criminal Justice Reference Service database, providing U.S. Department of Justice publications in abstract and full-text.Free
National JournalOnline access to the National Journal, Poll Track, and other Congressional news. Includes the National Journal Almanac of members of Congress and the federal executive agencies.Leyburn
New York TimesOnline access to the New York Times newspaper via the publication's website.Subscription
Newsbank - Access World NewsFull-text current and historical news from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, including national and local newspapers as well as newswires, blogs, web-only content, videos, journals, magazines, and transcripts.Leyburn
Newspapers.comNewspapers.com is the online home of 200+ million pages of historical newspapers from 5,700+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond.Subscription
Oxford English DictionaryOnline access to the complete and authoritative Oxford English Dictionary via Oxford University Press.Leyburn
Oxford JournalsFull-text online access to dozens of journals published by Oxford University Press, searchable by keyword or browsable by title or subject. Categories of interest to researchers of law and related areas include: Leyburn
Oxford ReferenceOnline full-text collection of dictionaries, topical guides, companions, and encyclopedic works from Oxford University Press.Leyburn
OyezOyez, a multimedia archive devoted to making the U.S. Supreme Court accessible, is the most complete and authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since recording began in 1955. Oyez offers transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and full-text Supreme Court opinions. Provided by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Justia, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.Free
Practical LawPractical Law helps bridge the gap between academia and real-life practice. Includes model documents with drafting and negotiating tips, step-by-step checklists, timelines and flowcharts, overviews of practice areas, and updates on the latest legal and market developments. (Accessible via Thomson Reuters/Westlaw - Law School access only; account/password required.)Subscription
ProQuestA collection of ProQuest databases, selected for their usefulness to researchers of law, legislative history, statistics, politics, and related topics. Available databases include:Subscription
ProQuest Historical NewspapersIncludes past issues of the following major U.S. papers in searchable, full-text PDF with images of original print pages: Leyburn
Public Legal A categorized index of more than 4,000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as thousands of locally stored web pages, legal forms, and downloadable files. Provided by Internet Legal Research Group.Free
Regulations.govOfficial U.S. Government source for information on the development of federal regulations and other related documents. Through the site, you can find, read, and comment on regulatory issues, and explore the rulemaking process and regulatory agenda of federal executive branch agencies.Free
Science DirectOnline full-text access to thousands of academic journals and books, focusing on scientific, technical, and medical research, but also including some law-related materials. Often of interest to legal researchers are the following subject areas: Leyburn
SSRNSSRN (Social Science Research Network) is a worldwide collaborative of over 350,000 authors and more than 2 million users. It is composed of numerous subject-specific research networks, with indexed repositories of published and forthcoming scholarship across more than 1,000 subject areas and academic disciplines. Content includes both downloadable full text (PDF) and abstracts.Free
Supreme Court DatabaseContains over 200 pieces of information about each case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court from 1953 to present, such as the court whose decision was reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices. Provided by the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.Free
Transnational Dispute ManagementTDM focuses on recent developments in the area of arbitration and dispute management. This subscription includes: TDM knowledge bank, TDM bibliography, and archive. Also access to OGEMID (oil, gas, energy, mining infrastructure and investment disputes), an internet-based intelligence service and discussion group.Subscription
U.S. Law WeekU.S. Law Week provides authoritative information and commentary on significant cases and key legal developments across the country and across all areas of the law. Access via Bloomberg BNA. (Law School access only; account/password required.)Subscription
U.S. News and World Report Grad CompassOnline access to the full U.S. News and World Report graduate and law school rankings.Subscription
United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET)Catalog of UN documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva.Free
United Nations Documentation CentrePortal to the UN Official Documents System (ODS), plus tools for setting alerts for new publications.Free
United Nations Treaty CollectionThis database provides information on the status of over 500 major multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General of the UN (including the texts of reservations, declarations and objections) and covers a range of subject matter such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Commodities, Refugees, the Environment and the Law of the Sea.Free
USA.gov Official U.S. Government portal for online information about the entities of all three branches of the federal government, including websites, leadership, and contact information.Free
Virginia Lawyers WeeklyOnline access to the weekly news publication, focusing on legal issues and developments of interest to lawyers across the Commonwealth.Subscription
Wall Street JournalOnline access to the Wall Street Journal newspaper via the publication's website.Subscription
Washington PostOnline access to the Washington Post newspaper via the publication's website.Subscription
West Academic Study AidsOffers easy online access to the full text of hundreds of study aids, treatises, and audio lectures to help you succeed in law school, including hornbooks, nutshells, Sum and Substance audio, Gilbert guides, Black Letter Outlines, and more.Subscription
WestlawThe premier legal research platform from Thomson Reuters, providing full text of U.S. and international primary and secondary legal materials and the KeyCite citator, plus a wide range of news, company, biographical, and public records information. (Law School access only; account/password required.)Subscription
Westlaw Campus ResearchThe undergraduate-focused version of the Westlaw legal research platform, providing full text of U.S. federal and state court cases, statutes and regulations, plus a wide range of law reviews, periodicals, news, and business information.Leyburn
Wolters Kluwer CheetahA practitioner-focused companion platform to IntelliConnect. Includes CCH, Wolters Kluwer, and Aspen titles across three topical libraries:Subscription
WorldCat DiscoverySearch the Washington and Lee Library catalogs and beyond. Database consisting of the records of hundreds of library catalogs, including records and location information for about 1.5 billion books, theses and dissertations, video and sound recordings, and other materials. (Multiple records may exist for any one title.)Subscription