Legal Reference Sources
Updated by Paul Hellyer
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)
A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (on Lexis)
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)
Martindale-Hubbell Directory (on Lexis)
West's Legal Directory--Judges (on Westlaw)
Yellow Books (AKA Leadership Library; after arriving at the site, click "Log in to Leadership Online" at the top of the screen to access the database.) 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
Dahl's French-English Law Dictionary (on Lexis)
Dahl's Spanish-English Law Dictionary (on Lexis)
Foreign Law Guide
Hein Online's Treaty Guides and Indexes
Martindale-Hubbell Int'l Law Digests (on Lexis)
United States Treaties in Force (from U.S. State Dept.)