Law Library Databases A-Z

See also: Law Databases by Subject.
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Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database of journal articles, books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Coverage: 1887-present.

AccessUN

United Nations documents and publications, including official records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, and the UN Treaty Series. To access, scroll down to the bottom of the NewsBank page retrieved by this link. Coverage: 1991-present.

American Bench

Directory of more than 20,000 judges in all levels of federal, state, and local courts with jurisdictional, structural, and geographical facts about the courts they serve. Coverage: updated daily.

AudioCaseFiles

(individual account required)
Edited audio and text files of the most commonly-assigned cases for 1Ls and 2Ls. Opinions include brief fact summaries and statements of the rule of law. Downloadable files for offline listening/reading. Take, share, view, and print notes. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.


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Bloomberg Law

(individual login/password required)
Comprehensive collection of federal and state laws, regulations, court decisions, dockets, and business information. Analytical materials including BNA publications. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

Bloomberg Law: Tax

(individual login/password required)
Tax analysis, practice tools, IRS documents, statutes & regulations, and current news and awareness. Covers federal, state, and international tax law. Also includes the Daily Tax Report, a newsletter that can be viewed online or subscribed to by email.

Business Source Complete

All disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. Journal articles, books, market research reports, financial data, conference proceedings, case studies, etc. Coverage: Varies by title.


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CALI Lessons

(access code required)
Over 1,000 Interactive tutorials that cover narrow topics of law. Lessons are authored by law professors and librarians. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty. See a law librarian for an access code.

Checkpoint (formerly RIA Checkpoint)

Comprehensive tax and accounting research database covering related laws and news on the international, federal, state and local levels. Provides access to a variety of primary sources, analysis, journals, news, and rulings. Coverage: Varies by source.

Cheetah (Wolters Kluwer/CCH)

Practice-specific laws, treatises, and related materials. Covered areas include antitrust, cybersecurity & privacy, elder/estate law, IP, labor & employment, pensions/benefits, property, securities, and the practice of law & litigation. Coverage: Varies by source.

Chicago Manual of Style

Searchable version of the most recent edition.

Chronicle of Higher Education

News and information about higher education, job listings in academia, discussion forums, and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more. Coverage: 1989-present.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

International affairs content, including working and occasional papers, foundation-funded research projects, conference proceedings, books, journals, policy briefs, case studies by international affairs experts, and course packs for history and political science classes. Coverage: 1991-present.

Congress.gov

The official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Full text of current and past Congressional Sessions' bills, including bill tracking and sponsorship information. Maintained by the Library of Congress and associated legislative offices. Coverage: Updated daily when Congress is in session. (free resource)

Congressional Documents (HeinOnline)

The complete Congressional Record bound version, as well as the daily version back to 1980, along with three predecessor series: Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837), and Congressional Globe (1833-1873). Also includes Congressional hearings (early 1900s-present), CRS Reports, and more. Offers a Daily to Bound Citation Locator, which enables users to quickly find cites from both versions of the Congressional Record.

CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Researcher

Issues and controversial subjects in the news. In-depth coverage of a variety of topics, with extensive text and bibliographies. Also covers international issues and crises. Coverage: 1991-present.


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English Law Reports (HeinOnline)

The full text of the English Law Reports prior to 1865.

English Reports (HeinOnline)

The full text of the English Reports (1220-1867) and the Statutes of the Realm (1235-1713).

Exam Archive (hosted by the W&M Law Library)

Past exams and answer keys from a number of W&M Law faculty members. Restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.


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Fastcase

Nationwide database of case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and law review articles. Includes Loislaw treatises from Wolters Kluwer. Coverage: Varies by series.

Federal Developments Knowledge Center (FDKC)

Current news and information about federal legislation, agency rules, and presidential actions.

Federal Register Library (HeinOnline)

The full run of the Federal Register from 1936 to present. Includes indexes to prior years. Coverage: Updated daily.

Foreign and International Law Resources (HeinOnline)

The publications of the American Society of International Law, prominent Yearbooks from around the world, U.S. Law Digests, International Tribunals/Judicial Decisions, and more. Coverage: Varies by publication.

Foreign Law Guide

A country-by-country guide to the legal systems and specific laws of most nations of the world. Invaluable starting point for researching an unfamiliar jurisdiction. Coverage and updates vary by country.


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Government Periodicals Index (ProQuest)

Index and links to full text articles from over 300 of the most important periodicals published by agencies and departments of the United States Federal government. Coverage: 1988-present.

govinfo (formerly FDSys)

The official site of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), with full text of the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional bills and the Congressional Record, the U.S. Code, Presidential Papers, and more. Coverage: Varies by source.


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Halsbury's Laws of England (LexisLibrary)

(login/password required)
A comprehensive encyclopedia of the laws currently in force in England and Wales. Arranged alphabetically by subject; also searchable. To access, select Commentary from the LexisLibrary menu, then Browse from the left menu. Halsbury's Laws will appear in the middle menu. See a law librarian for login and password.

HeinOnline

Large collections of law journals, the U. S. Code, U. S. Statutes at Large, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U. S. Supreme Court opinions and reports, Congressional Record, classic law texts, foreign policy documents, presidential documents, treaties, Virginia court briefs, historical English laws, and much more. Coverage: Varies by title.


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ICLR Online (Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales)

Archive of official law reports from England and Wales. Citator information for each case includes topics considered by subsequent citing courts. Coverage: 1865-present. (For earlier law reports, see HeinOnline's English Law Reports pre-1865.)

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in over 500 legal journals published worldwide. Provides in-depth coverage of international law, comparative, and foreign law. Also analyzes the contents of selected collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year. Searchable coverage: 1984-present. (Browsable coverage: 1960-1983.)

Index to Legal Periodical Literature (Jones & Chipman)

Browsable/searchable six-volume set of indexes to early U.S. legal periodicals. Also known as the Jones & Chipman Index. Coverage: 1786-1937.

International Encyclopaedia of Laws

Collections of in-depth analyses of selected countries' laws on topics such as torts, constitutional law, family & succession law, property, religion, and more. Each title covers a different set of countries. Updated periodically.

International Law Journals (HeinOnline)

A subset of HeinOnline's Law Journal Library containing journals on the subject of international law and journals published outside of the the U.S. Coverage for each journal is from inception through the latest issue allowed by the publisher, which for the vast majority of journals is the most recent issue.


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JSTOR

General (not law-specific) multidisciplinary full-text journal articles from 1,500 major journals. (Note: in many cases, JSTOR does not include the most recent 3 to 5 years of these journals.) Coverage: Varies by title. Access is also available to alumni who graduated in 2007 or later; sign in through my1693's JSTOR page.


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Law Journal Library (HeinOnline)

Contains the full text (PDF) of articles from more than 2,700 law and law-related periodicals on all areas of law. Coverage for each journal is from inception through the latest issue allowed by the publisher, which for the vast majority of journals is the most recent issue.

Law360

Current news about litigation, policy developments, corporate deals, and more across dozens of practice areas, industries, and jurisdictions. Create your own account to sign up for a wide variety of daily newsletters and special reports.

Legal Classics (HeinOnline)

A curated selection of thousands of works from some of the most important legal authors in history such as Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Frederic William Maitland, Roscoe Pound, Benjamin N. Cardozo, and many, many more. Also includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.

Legal Source

Contains detailed indexing for over 1,200 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association and university publications, and some journals from Canada, Great Britain, and Australia/NZ. Includes full text for over 400 journals. Coverage: 1908-present.

LegalTrac

Indexes more than 1,400 law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, and bar association and international journals. Includes some full text. Coverage: 1980-present.

Legislative History Library, U.S. Federal (HeinOnline)

Compiled federal legislative histories published by the U.S. GPO and private publishers. Covered legislation mostly dates from the 20th century. Also includes Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories, a useful finding aid.

Lexis Advance

(individual login/password required)
Extremely comprehensive collections of feature-rich databases of U.S. and state laws, regulations, cases, and analytical materials. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

Lexis Lawschool

(individual login/password required)
Portal to Lexis Advance research system, classroom software, and training signups and materials. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

LexisLibrary (United Kingdom)

(login/password required)
A collection of materials from the United Kingdom, including Halsbury's Laws of England and Wales, UK Parliament Acts & Bill Tracker, and UK Parliament Statutory Instruments from 1786 to present (including current drafts). See a law librarian for login and password.

LexisNexis Courtroom Cast

(individual account required)
The world's largest online library of courtroom video. Thousands of hours of trials, hearings, and oral arguments from around the U.S. Search by practice area, jurisdiction, judge, attorney, or witness. Also includes AudioCaseFiles (see above for more information). Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

LexisNexis Digital Library

Collection of selected current treatises and related materials published by LexisNexis and its subsidiaries. Many important works on Virginia law are found here, including Michie's Jurisprudence (the legal encyclopedia for Virginia and West Virginia), Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure, and Friend's Virginia Pleading and Practice. Also includes national and international materials.

LLMC Digital

Digitized versions of hard-to-find older legal materials, including directories, party briefs, and out-of-copyright treatises. New titles are added from time to time.


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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Analytical comparative articles offering a global overview of constitutional law.

Medline

Index to medical articles on topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, dentistry, nursing, and health care. Coverage: 1946-present.

Municode

Selected municipal ordinances and codes from localities across the U.S. Currency varies by specific jurisdiction.


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National Journal

Comprises several components: Daily, a roundup of the day's top political news; The Almanac, a Congressional and Federal Agency Directory that includes biographical information of members, committee makeups, and state/district demographic breakdowns; the Daybook, a comprehensive Congressional and regulatory calendar to track hearings, meetings, and events; and the Racetracker, an elections dashboard tracking polling and financials for every federal election in the current year. Also includes the Presentation Center and Axis Data Center.

NCLC (National Consumer Law Center) Digital Library

Current versions of NCLC's treatises on debtor rights, mortgages, foreclosures, credit, banking, deceptive practices, warranties, and consumer litigation.

Newspaper Archive

Historical and/or current archives for selected newspapers: The Daily Press (Newport News, VA), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Times (London, United Kingdom), Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Coverage: Varies by paper.

Nexis Uni

Academic version of Lexis Advance for non-law users. Contains cases, laws, and some secondary sources. (Formerly LexisNexis Academic.) Coverage: Varies by database.


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Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies

Peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on the range of lived experiences and textual traditions of Muslims as they are articulated in various countries and regions throughout the world. Bibliographies are browsable by subject area and keyword searchable.

Oxford Legal Research Library: International Commercial Law

Provides integrated and searchable access to some of the leading works relevant to international business law. Contains Oxford University Press titles on the law of sales, including related areas such as the laws of contract and agency, insurance, shipping and the carriage of goods.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Cross-searchable library containing the full text and abstracts of classic and newly-published Oxford books. Access includes Law materials, as well as biology, business & management, classical studies, economics & finance, history, and several other subjects.


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PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) Index

Contemporary worldwide public policy and social, economic, and political issues. Citations to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, etc. Includes PAIS Archive. Coverage: 1915-present.

Politico Pro

Real-time, customizable news and analysis on developments in policy, access to over 100 policy expert reporters, and a data-driven graphics/presentation tool.

ProQuest Congressional

Historic and current congressional information. Includes Committee Prints, Congressional Record, CRS Reports, Hearings, House and Senate Documents/Reports, Legislative Histories, Executive Branch Documents, and Presidential Materials. Coverage: 1789-present for some series; others vary.

ProQuest Statistical Insight

ProView (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw)

(individual login/password required)
Hundreds of current treatises and guidebooks covering all areas of law. May be accessed online or through a ProView app (iTunes | Android). Restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.


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Ravel Law

Federal and state caselaw research platform that deeply integrates with judicial, court, and attorney analytics. Primarily designed to facilitate preparation for litigation. Coverage: All published federal and state cases from inception of court; comprehensive coverage of unpublished decisions from 2015 on.


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Scholarship Repository (W&M Law School)

Open-access repository of the intellectual output of the W&M Law School community. Contains the full span of all current and past W&M law reviews and journals; journal articles, papers, lectures, and more from the Law School faculty; student publications; and various reports, brochures, and other items related to W&M Law School's history.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Working and accepted papers from academics. To find law articles, browse to Social Sciences and choose Legal Scholarship Network. Indispensable resource for student note pre-emption checks.

Subject Compilations of State Laws (HeinOnline)

Access to more than 26,000 entries from the Subject Compilations of State Laws: An Annotated Bibliography series. Many records contain extensive annotations with links directly to articles and other documents residing in HeinOnline. Coverage: 1960-present (may lag a year or two behind present day due to compilation and publishing constraints).

Supreme Court Records and Briefs (U.S.), 1832-1978

Contains the full text of the party and amicus briefs and the records from U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1832-1978. Searchable by keyword, author, or case name.


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Tax (Bloomberg Law)

Tax analysis, practice tools, IRS documents, statutes & regulations, and current news and awareness. Covers federal, state, and international tax law. Also includes the Daily Tax Report, a newsletter that can be viewed online or subscribed to by email.

Thomson Reuters Law School (Formerly lawschool.westlaw.com)

(individual login/password required)
Portal to TWEN classroom software, the Westlaw research system, and training signups. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

Thomson Reuters ProView (formerly Westlaw ProView)

(individual login/password required)
Hundreds of current treatises and guidebooks covering all areas of law. May be accessed online or through a ProView app (iTunes | Android). Restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

Trade Law Guide

Comprehensive resource for researching World Trade Organization (WTO) law. Includes public decisions, dispute documents, commentaries, and negotiating histories. A "noting up" feature functions as a citator for WTO jurisprudence. Updated daily.

Treaties and Agreements, U.S. (HeinOnline)

All available U.S. treaties, whether currently in-force, expired, or not-yet officially published. Includes TIAS (slip treaty) documents, the United States Treaties and Other International Agreements set (commonly referred to as "UST" or the "Blue set"), and historical sets from Bevans, Miller, Malloy and others. Treaties in Force, Guide to Treaties in Force, U.S. Treaty Index, and other finding aids are also part of the collection. Coverage: 1789-present.


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U.S. Supreme Court Library (HeinOnline)

Complete coverage of the official U.S. Reports series as well as preliminary prints, slip opinions, and books and periodicals related to the U.S. Supreme Court. Coverage: 1789-present.

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

Contains the full text of the party and amicus briefs and the records from U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1832-1978. Searchable by keyword, author, or case name.

United Nations Law Collection (HeinOnline)

Major United Nations legal publications, including the complete collection of the United Nations Treaty Series, the League of Nations Treaty Series, the Monthly Statement of Treaties & International Agreements, UNCITRAL Publications, UNIDIR Publications, the United Nations Legislative Series and more. Includes finding aids. Coverage: Varies by publication.


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Virginia Lawyers Weekly

News about and of interest to Virginia attorneys, judges, and law students. Coverage: 1999-present.


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West Academic Study Aids

Online access to hundreds of study aids, treatises, and audio lectures. Includes the full sets of several series: the Nutshells, Short & Happy Guides, Gilbert Law Summaries, Concise Hornbooks, Legalines, Concepts & Insights, Sum and Substance Audio, and more. Create an individual account to enable additional features such as notetaking and highlighting. Coverage: Current editions.

Westlaw

(individual login/password required)
Extremely comprehensive collections of feature-rich databases of U.S. and state laws, regulations, cases, and analytical materials. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

Westlaw China

Chinese laws, regulations, articles, current awareness, and topical explanations. Many materials are in Chinese and English, though some items are in Chinese only. See the Westlaw China User Guide for more information. Updated daily.

Westlaw Law School (now Thomson Reuters Law School)

(individual login/password required)
Portal to TWEN classroom software, the Westlaw research system, and training signups. Access restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

Westlaw Patron Access (formerly Westlaw Pro)

Selected case, statute, regulatory, and secondary source databases from Westlaw for library visitors and other non-law users.

Westlaw ProView (now Thomson Reuters ProView)

(individual login/password required)
Hundreds of current treatises and guidebooks covering all areas of law. May be accessed online or through a ProView app (iTunes | Android). Restricted to current W&M Law students, staff, and faculty.

WorldCat

Materials held by thousands of libraries in the U.S. and abroad. Books, websites, films, journals, magazines, papers, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, newspapers, sound recordings, etc. Use this source to locate items that are not available at W&M in order to request them through Interlibrary Loan.