William and Mary Law School

Legal Reference Sources

Updated by Paul Hellyer
January 2014

This is a list of selected online reference materials including legal encyclopedias, dictionaries, and directories.


Some resources on this page are subscription databases that require a W&M ID and password for off-campus access.  

Lexis and Westlaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access.



Black's Law Dictionary (on Westlaw)


American Jurisprudence 2d (on Westlaw)

Corpus Juris Secundum (on Westlaw)

Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia (on Lexis)


Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (on Lexis)


Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (on Westlaw)

Directory of Corporate Counsel (on Westlaw)


West's Legal Directory--Judges (on Westlaw)

Yellow Books (AKA Leadership Library) The Yellow Books provide contact and biographical information for people in government, corporate and nonprofit sectors.

50 State Surveys
(These sources identify state laws on various topics)

50 State Surveys (on Westlaw)

50 State Surveys, Legislation & Regulations (on Lexis)

Subject Compilations of State Laws (on Hein Online)

Foreign & International Research

Foreign Law Guide

Hein Online's Treaty Guides and Indexes

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (on Hein Online)

United States Treaties in Force (from U.S. State Dept.)