Legal Reference Sources

Updated by Paul Hellyer
March 2019

  • 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 (10th ed. 2014) (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)


Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (on Westlaw)

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 Hein Online)

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)

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.)