Legal Reference Sources

Updated by Paul Hellyer
March 2022

  • 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 (11th ed. 2019) (on Westlaw)

Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2012) (on Lexis)

Words and Phrases (on Westlaw)


American Jurisprudence 2d (on Westlaw)

Corpus Juris Secundum (on Westlaw)

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


Directory of Corporate Counsel (on Westlaw)

Lexis Attorney Directories

Lexis Judge Directories

West Legal Directory (on Westlaw)

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

50 State Regulatory Surveys (on Westlaw)

50 State Statutory Surveys (on Westlaw)

50 State Surveys, Legislation & Regulations (on Lexis)

National Survey of State Laws (on HeinOnline)

Subject Compilations of State Laws (on HeinOnline)

Foreign & International Research

Foreign Law Guide


HeinOnline's Treaty Guides and Indexes

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (on HeinOnline)

International Encyclopaedia of Laws (on Kluwer Law Online)

Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3d ed. 2009) (on ProQuest Ebook Central)

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