Resources by Topic

Topic List

  • Administrative law and government

    • Administrative Decisions & Other Actions - By Agency

      Executive Branch department and administrative agency decisions and other materials outside the scope of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Federal Register. Also organized by subject. From the University of Virginia.

    • American Presidency Project

      An online archive that contains an extensive collection of documents related to the study of the Presidency. This site has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database: The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913), The Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to G.W. Bush (1929-2006) & Obama (2009), The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009), and The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents: Obama (2009-2012). The archives also contain thousands of other documents, such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates.

    • C-SPAN Video Library: A Digital Archive of C-SPAN Video

      Searchable archive of C-SPAN videos from 1987. Searches may be limited to congressional committees and congressional proceedings, among other things, to retrieve hearings and floor debate for legislative history use. Also includes Executive Branch material, such as press conferences and speeches.

    • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

      Codification of final federal agency regulations, initially published in the Federal Register. Link to e-CFR for most current, usually a few days behind.

    • Data.gov

      Datasets from Executive Branch agencies, and from several states. Includes information about how to access the datasets, and tools that "leverage" the government datasets. Part of the Obama Administration's open government initiative.

    • e-CFR

      Most current (but unofficial) version of the Code of Federal Regulations, from the US Office of the Federal Register and the Government Printing Office.

    • FDsys (formerly GPO Access)

      Formerly GPO Access, offers browsing and searching of key primary government documents, such as congressional bills and committee reports and hearings, the Congressional Record, public laws, presidential documents, and the Federal Register. Plans are to migrate all data now on GPO Access to FDsys by the end of 2011.

    • Federal Register - FDsys (was GPO Access)

      Publishes federal agency proposed and final regulations, notices and other documents. Current as of today.

    • Federal Register - NARA and GPO

      User-friendly version of the FR, current as of today. From the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)

    • Federal Register Unified Agenda

      The latest edition of the semiannual Unified Agenda, also referred to as the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. It summarizes the rules and proposed rules that each Federal agency expects to issue during the next year.

    • FedStats

      Statistics from more than 100 U.S. federal government agencies, by agency, topic, geographical entity, and more.

    • FOIA.gov

      The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. From the US Department of Justice.

    • Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports and Decisions

    • HeinOnline - Federal Agency Decisions and Documents   A

    • HeinOnline - Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations   A

    • LLMC Digital   A

      Digital images of federal and state government materials, primarily administrative agency decisions and court decisions.

    • Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897 (from ProQuest)

    • OpenRegs.com

      User-friendly federal regulatory portal that makes it easy to keep track of proposed and final regulations, and to submit comments to the agencies. Announces recently-opened comment periods for proposed regulations, and keeps track of dates when comment periods will close.

    • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States

      Collection of material that was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. It includes volumes covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. As subsequent volumes are published, they will be added online. From the University of Michigan.

    • Regulations.gov

      Government site to find, view, and comment on federal regulations and other federal actions. Allows users to search for comments submitted to federal agenciesto on proposed regulations, or for propsed regulations currently open for comments.

    • Statistical Abstract of the United States

      The U.S. Census Bureau has terminated the collection of data for the Statistical Compendia program, effective October 1, 2011. The Statistical Compendium program is comprised of the Statistical Abstract of the United States and its supplemental products - - the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and the County and City Data Book. To access the most current data, please refer to the organizations cited in the source notes for each table of the Statistical Abstract.

    • TRACFED   W

      Compiles information about the federal government, including agency actions and spending, court actions and more.

    • U.S. Department of Justice

    • White House: President Barack Obama

      Official site of the President of the United States. Includes presidential documents, such as executive orders and proclamations, cabinet and subcabinet nominations and appointments, the President's weekly video address, and policy statements on agenda items. Also includes information about the administration, the White House and links to government agency websites.

    • Directories

      • Leadership Library on the Internet   W

        Also known as the "Yellow Books," the Leadership Directories contain the most up-to-date organizational and contact information for the fourteen areas they cover: Congressional, Federal, Federal Regional, State, Municipal, Judicial, Corporate, Financial, News Media, Associations, Law Firms, Government Affairs, Foreign Representatives, and the Nonprofit Sector.

      • U.S. Federal Government Agency List, from LSU

      • Washington Information Directory   W

        Published by CQ Press, this invaluable directory of U.S. governmental and non-governmental organizations. It covers federal agencies, governors and other state officials, U.S. and foreign diplomats, NGOs, policy groups, foundations, institutions, and Congress. You may search by keyword, organization name, or advanced search. You may also browse by organization type or public policy topic.

    • Government contracts

    • Presidential Transition

    • Research guides

      • beSpacific

        News blog that covers law, government, non-government organizations and technology. Good resource for recent Executive Branch, Congressional Research Service (CRS), and General Accountability Office (GAO) reports, as well as other recently-released official and semi-official documents.

      • Search.USA.gov

        The U.S. government’s official search engine. It is a comprehensive, searchable index of about 50 million pages from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal websites. It offers a Spanish-language search option to find federal government websites in Spanish.

  • Bankruptcy

  • Business and corporate law

  • Communications law

  • Congress, legislatures and legislation

    • C-SPAN Video Library: A Digital Archive of C-SPAN Video

      Searchable archive of C-SPAN videos from 1987. Searches may be limited to congressional committees and congressional proceedings, among other things, to retrieve hearings and floor debate for legislative history use. Also includes Executive Branch material, such as press conferences and speeches.

    • Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: US Congressional Documents and Debates

      Collection of digitized historic federal legislative documents, beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774 to 1875. Includes early Journals of Congress, Elliot's Debates, American State Papers, early congressional bills, and pre-Congressional Record congressional debates.

    • Congress.gov (beta)

      Soon to replace Thomas.gov, this site offers current and historical information about Congress, its legislation and public laws. Includes the texts of bills and public laws, committee reports, roll call votes, the Congressional Record and more. Includes current and retrospective Congresses.

    • Congressional Calendars and History of Legislation (from ProQuest)

    • Constitution Annotated (CRS)

      Online version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated), published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). It contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution's provisions.

    • CQ Electronic Library   W

      The CQ Electronic Library is a resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. It includes the online version of CQ Weekly, with complete coverage of Capitol Hill and congressional news, the CQ Congress Collection, CQ Supreme Court Collection, CQ Public Affairs Collection, and CQ Voting and Elections Collection. CQEL also includes CQ Encyclopedia of American Government and CQ Insider, a comprehensive directory of the institutions and people of American government.

    • FDsys (formerly GPO Access)

      Formerly GPO Access, offers browsing and searching of key primary government documents, such as congressional bills and committee reports and hearings, the Congressional Record, public laws, presidential documents, and the Federal Register. Plans are to migrate all data now on GPO Access to FDsys by the end of 2011.

    • GovTrack.us

      Website devoted to tracking Congress. Track pending legislation, member and committee activities, or subjects with a tracking tool.

    • HeinOnline - Compiled Legislative Histories   A

    • HeinOnline - Congressional Record and Predecessors   A

    • HeinOnline - State Session Laws and Federal Public Laws   A

      Includes digital images of the complete Statutes at Large and state session laws. Also includes some foreign laws.

    • HeinOnline - U.S. Code   A

      PDF version of official U.S. Code. Official version less current than commercial versions, such as USCA and USCS.

    • Justia.com

      Free legal portal that includes federal and state case law and statutes, other government information, legal forms, legal blogs, and more.

    • Legislative Histories of Selected U.S. Laws on the Internet

      List of selected federal public laws with links to their compiled legislative histories on the Internet. Separate lists for compiled histories available at public and commercial (HeinOnline, LexisNexis, Westlaw) sites. From the Law Librarians' Society of DC (LLSDC).

    • OpenCongress

      Website devoted to all things Congress. Track pending legislation, members and votes. A project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation.

    • OpenCongress - How a bill becomes a law

      Good elaboration of the legislative process, from the OpenCongress wiki.

    • ProQuest Congressional   W

      ProQuest Congressional offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress.

    • ProQuest Congressional: Sessions of Congress, 1789 to 2007

      Listing of the specific dates covered by each Congress, and each session therein. Also includes the name of the President who served during each Congress.

    • State Legislatures, State Laws, and State Regulations

      Listings of the websites of state legislatures, which may include legislative documents, state libraries, and free state codes. From the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC).

    • Thomas: Legislative Information from the Library of Congress

      See Congress.gov, which will soon replace Thomas. Access to bills and public laws, committee reports, roll call votes and the Congressional Record. Includes current and retrospective Congresses.

    • U.S. Code

      Codification of statutes passed by Congress. Official version less current than commercial versions, such as USCA and USCS. From the Government Printing Office's (GPO's) FDsys site.

    • U.S. House of Representatives

      Includes member and committee information, the texts of bills, recent committee hearings and reports, schedules and other House information.

    • U.S. Public and Private Laws

      Public laws passed by Congress and approved (in most cases) by the President, from 1995- (104th Congress-).

    • U.S. Senate

      Includes member and committee information, the texts of bills, recent committee hearings and reports, schedules and other Senate information.

    • U.S. Statutes at Large

      Official publication of public laws passed by Congress and signed (in most cases) by the President, from 2003-.

  • Construction law

  • Courts and case law

    • Casetext

      Casetext is a community of lawyers, law professors, and law students helping each other understand the law by annotating key legal documents. A searchable database of cases, statutes, regulations, and contracts with analysis and commentary directly alongside the text from a community of legal experts. Users may add analysis of their own. The community's analysis is supplemented by information aggregated automatically through state-of-the-art technology. All legal texts and annotations are free and publicly available, and will remain that way forever.

    • Constitution Annotated (CRS)

      Online version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated), published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). It contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution's provisions.

    • FDsys (formerly GPO Access)

      Formerly GPO Access, offers browsing and searching of key primary government documents, such as congressional bills and committee reports and hearings, the Congressional Record, public laws, presidential documents, and the Federal Register. Plans are to migrate all data now on GPO Access to FDsys by the end of 2011.

    • FISA Declassified Documents (includes FISA Court decisions)

      Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act documents that have been declassified by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Includes declassified decisions of the FISA Court.

    • HeinOnline - U.S. Supreme Court Decisions   A

    • i.Lex: The Legal Research System for International Law in U.S. Courts

      Database of select U.S. court cases and related materials is designed to serve as a practical resource for members of the judiciary and other legal professionals to identify and understand how international law is interpreted and applied by U.S. courts at both the federal and state level.

    • Justia.com

      Free legal portal that includes federal and state case law and statutes, other government information, legal forms, legal blogs, and more.

    • Justis   W

      Justis is a comprehensive full text online database of EU, UK and Irish case law and legislation. The database covers primary case law dating back to 1163 and legislation back to 1235.

    • LexisNexis Courtroom Cast   W

      Courtroom Cast is the academic portal for Courtroom View Network. It integrates text, audio, video, and rich media into an easily searchable and browsable database. Courtroom Cast also includes AudioCaseFiles, downloadable MP3 files of edited judicial opinions, along with full text of the edited opinion, a brief fact summary, and the rule of law. ACCESS REQUIRES REGISTRATION USING WCL EMAIL ADDRESSES.

    • Media Alerts on Federal Courts of Appeals

      Summaries of cases decided by the U.S. Courts of Appeals, "to provide reporters, lawyers, educators, and the public with prompt, accurate, unbiased information about newsworthy and legally significant cases pending in and decided by the Federal Courts of Appeals." From the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. (D.C. Circuit summaries written by WCL faculty.)

    • Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

      The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, from 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

    • Oxford Reports on International Law   W

      Includes decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals. Full text selected cases in their original languages and translations of selected non-English judgments to English.

    • Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Media

      The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.

    • PACER   P

      The PACER database contains US federal court dockets. Mediated searching of PACER is done by librarians at WCL and requires information relating to a particular court case, such as the docket number or the case name. Contact the reference librarians at reflib@wcl.american.edu or stop by the Reference Desk for assistance. Non-mediated searchable alternatives for federal docket information include LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law.

    • State Court Web Sites

      From the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Links to state and local, tribal and foreign court sites, as well as to court-related organizations and other related material.

    • Supreme Court Brief   W

      News and analysis about the U.S. Supreme Court, from the National Law Journal.

    • Supreme Court Database

      Contains extensive information on U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and other Supreme Court information. Covers Supreme Court terms from 1953-.

    • U.S. Courts

      Includes links to all federal court sites, and to the Administrative Office of the US Courts, the Judicial Conference, and to current federal court rulemaking information.

    • U.S. Department of Justice

    • U.S. Supreme Court

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

      Comprehensive collection of U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs searchable by citation, Docket Number, and keyword.

    • Court and Criminal Justice Statistics

      • Federal Judicial Center

        The education and research entity for the U.S. Courts.

      • Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA)

        Abstracts and publications from state agencies charged with collecting and analyzing civil and criminal justice data. Includes the Infobase of State Activities and Research (ISAR), a clearinghouse of current information on state criminal justice research, programs, and publications

      • National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Court Statistics Project

        Collection and analysis of civil and criminal state court statistics.

      • SCOTUSblog Stat Pack

        U.S. Supreme Court information and statistics from the 1995-1996 Term. Includes lists of cases with questions presented and results, and visual representations of voting lineups for all cases decided 5-4. The summary memo compiles the most interesting trends and data from each Term. Recent additions include new charts: one breaking down 5-4 cases, a graph showing the pace of opinion releases, cross-Term analysis of individual Justices’ dissents and concurrences, a breakdown of cases by their subject-matter and vote split, and charts reflecting the success rate of the Solicitor General’s merits cases and invited recommendations at the cert. stage.

      • Statistical Abstract of the United States

        The U.S. Census Bureau has terminated the collection of data for the Statistical Compendia program, effective October 1, 2011. The Statistical Compendium program is comprised of the Statistical Abstract of the United States and its supplemental products - - the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and the County and City Data Book. To access the most current data, please refer to the organizations cited in the source notes for each table of the Statistical Abstract.

      • U.S. Courts Statistical Reports

        Collection of current statistical reports from various court offices.

      • U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

        Court and sentencing statistical reports.

    • Directories

      • American Bench   W

        Directory of courts and judges.

      • Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, 1789-present

        The directory includes the biographies of judges who have served since 1789 on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States, the former U.S. Circuit Courts, and the federal judiciary's courts of special jurisdiction.

      • Bloomberg BNA Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks   W

        Current contact information on the nation's judges and clerks, along with the extensive details on the structure of federal, state, and territorial courts.

      • Federal Court Websites, from LSU

      • Leadership Library on the Internet   W

        Also known as the "Yellow Books," the Leadership Directories contain the most up-to-date organizational and contact information for the fourteen areas they cover: Congressional, Federal, Federal Regional, State, Municipal, Judicial, Corporate, Financial, News Media, Associations, Law Firms, Government Affairs, Foreign Representatives, and the Nonprofit Sector.

    • Evidence and procedure

    • Research guides

  • Criminal law and procedure

  • Current awareness

  • Disability law

  • Education

    • Chronicle of Higher Education   W

      The Chronicle is a great source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; discussion forums; and career-building tools such as an online CV's, salary databases, and more.

    • Special Ed Connection   W

      This comprehensive database from LRP Publications includes federal and state primary law, case files, news and analysis on issues relating to special education.

    • U.S. Department of Education

  • Election law

  • Environmental law

  • Family law

  • Foreign law

    • Constitute: The World's Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare

      Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions that users can systematically compare across a broad set of topics — using a modern, clean interface. Except for material identified as copyrighted, the content of constituteproject.org is provided under a Creative Commons License, which allows users to make free use of information from the site for noncommercial purposes. HeinOnline and Oxford Constitutions of the World have provided certain materials from their online collections of constitutional texts.

    • Copyright Watch

      Collects and monitors copyright laws from countries around the world.

    • Doing Business Law Library

      Free online collection of foreign business laws and regulations from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. The site links to official government sources, wherever possible. Translations are not official unless indicated as such. They update the collection regularly but do not guarantee that laws are the most recent version.

    • ECOLEX: The Gateway to Environmental Law

      Database of foreign and international sources of information on environmental law, including treaties, legislation and court decisions. Operated jointly by the FAO, IUCN and UNEP.

    • EPLex (ILO) - Employment protection legislation database

      From the International Labour Organization (ILO). Database provides information on key topics from national and comparative studies on employment termination legislation. Updated annually to incorporate new legal developments and trends. EPLex replaces the ILO's existing Digest on Termination of Employment Legislation.

    • Foreign Law Guide   W

      Information about and links to sources of foreign law. A guide to official sources and official versions, to full texts of legislation and English translations of codes.

    • Foreign Law Research Guides, from Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

    • Global Legal Information Catalog (GLIC)

      Includes publications which reprint the laws and regulations of multiple jurisdictions on a particular legal topic. Provides additional information about resources beyond that provided in the Library's online catalog. Searchable by jurisdiction, title, subject and keyword. From the Law Library of Congress.

    • GlobaLex

      "GlobaLex is an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research. Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law,GlobaLex is committed to the dissemination of high-level international, foreign, and comparative law research tools in order to accommodate the needs of an increasingly global educational and practicing legal world."

    • Guide to Law Online: Foreign (Law Library of Congress)

      Legal resources by foreign nation.

    • HAPI Online (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)   A

      Includes access to articles about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. HAPI currently provides over 60,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

    • HeinOnline - Foreign and International Law Resources   A

    • HeinOnline - World Constitutions Illustrated   A

      Texts of constitutions from countries around the world, as well as books and periodicals about constitutions.

    • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals   W

      Covers selected journals and essay collections worldwide, many non-English language. Provides coverage from 1985. In hard copy, this index provides coverage from 1960. From the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

    • International Labour Organization (ILO)

      United Nations agency responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

    • JuriGlobe: World Legal Systems

      Information about the legal systems in countries around the world. Among other things, this site organizes countries by legal system classification, such as civil law, common law, Muslim law, etc. From the University of Ottawa.

    • JustCite   W

      JustCite is a legal citator for a fully cross reference index to authoritative UK and European legal information.

    • Justis   W

      Justis is a comprehensive full text online database of EU, UK and Irish case law and legislation. The database covers primary case law dating back to 1163 and legislation back to 1235.

    • Latin Laws

      Contains codes, decrees and other forms of legislation from Latin American countries and regional bodies. Free access but registration is required.

    • LatinNews.com   W

      Latin American newsletters from 1967 to the present.

    • LawInfoChina (ChinaLaw)

      English-language translations of Chinese law. Includes Chinese laws and regulations, cases, scholarly articles and topical news.

    • LLRX.com

      Web-based legal research journal that highlights online resources. Includes excellent research guides on many legal topics, including foreign law research guides.

    • Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

      The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, from 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

    • Oxford Constitutions of the World   W

      Database of fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual jurisdictional commentaries, and supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical versions of constitutions, and amendment Acts/Laws.

    • Research Guides (Cornell Law Library)

      Legal research guides, especially foreign and international law guides, and a research engine to research guides on the web.

    • vLex   W

      A database of Spanish legislation and full content of all official journals, as well as national and EU documents, in full text and annotated.

    • World Data Protection Report   W

  • Gender and sexuality

  • Government contracts

  • Health care, food & drug, and biotechnology

  • Human rights

    • Afghanistan Documentation Project

      The Afghanistan Documentation Project (ADP) is the product of a partnership between the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Pence Law Library, both of the American University Washington College of Law (WCL), and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). It was established to collect and create a fully searchable and publicly accessible database of documents regarding human rights and humanitarian law violations committed in Afghanistan since 1978.

    • Anti-Torture Initiative

      From American University's Washington College of Law, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Includes primary documents and news sources.

    • Archives Unbound   W

      Digital collections of historical documents, including The American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism; Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963; and Foreign Relations Between Latin American and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944.

    • Clearinghouse Review

      From the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Users of this site must individually register from a computer with a WCL network IP address. The link to register is located in the upper right corner of the page. Once registered, users will have unlimited access from any location to Clearinghouse Review content. Once registered, users must log in from a WCL IP address at least once every 60 days to keep "roaming" access activated.

    • Hague Justice Portal

    • Human Rights Documents   W

      Contains more than 40,000 documents from 483 international human rights non-governmental organizations, covering the period from 1980 up to 2007.

    • HumanRights.gov

      Official US site for international human rights information, from the U.S. Department of State.

    • HuriSearch Human Rights search engine

      HuriSearch is a specialized multilingual Human Rights search engine. It includes over 3000 sites of human rights organizations, national human rights institutions, inter-governmental organizations, academic institutes, and non-governmental organizations. It can be searched in 77 different languages.

    • International Protection of Human Rights

      This site is made available through the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto and is an excellent and current source for user guides and bibliographies on human rights issues.

    • Labor & Employment Law Resource Center - Discrimination Law (Bloomberg BNA)   W

    • U.S. Department of State

    • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR)

    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights: An Historical Record of the Drafting Process

      UN site that provides historic documents related to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Immigration law

  • Indigenous and native law

    • Archives Unbound   W

      Digital collections of historical documents, including The American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism; Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963; and Foreign Relations Between Latin American and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944.

    • Federal Websites For and About American Indians

      Diverse collection of websites maintained by federal agencies relating to native Americans. From the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

    • HeinOnline - American Indian Law Collection   A

      Rich collection of historical materials relating to U.S. Indian affairs. Includes Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law and other treatises, Interior Department decisions and opinions, and American State Papers: Indian Affairs.

    • National Indian Law Library

      A public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law. NILL serves the public by developing and making accessible a unique and valuable collection of Indian law resources and assisting people with their Indian law-related information needs. Part of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

    • Tribal Court Clearinghouse

      Comprehensive collection of tribal, state and federal primary and secondary legal resources related to Native law. From the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to develop programs to promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples.

    • Tribal Histories and Culture

      Links to Oklahoma's tribal government websites, with information about tribal history and culture. From the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

    • U.S. Department of the Interior - American Indians and Alaska Natives

      Department information and resources related to economic development, education, law enforcement, tribal governments, ancestry, the Special Trustee for American Indians, the Gaming Commission and native Hawaiians.

  • Intellectual property

  • International law

    • International organizations

      • Access UN (Readex Access UN)   W

        Indexes United Nations documents and publications, includes full text of Resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and selected Provisional Verbatim and Summary Record documents.

      • Anti-Torture Initiative

        From American University's Washington College of Law, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Includes primary documents and news sources.

      • Europa, Gateway to the European Union (EU)

      • Hague Justice Portal

      • HeinOnline - United Nations Law Collection   A

        Includes the UN Treaty Series (UNTS), Texts of Recently-Deposited Multilateral Treaties, Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, and more.

      • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

      • International Labour Organization (ILO)

        United Nations agency responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

      • Official Documents of the United Nations

        ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are, however, added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. The system does not contain press releases (posted at http://www.un.org/News/Press/full.htm), UN sales publications , the United Nations Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information.

      • Organization of American States (OAS)

      • United Nations (UN)

      • United Nations Diplomatic Conferences

        This UN site provides access to the official records of a series of diplomatic conferences, convoked by the United Nations to negotiate and adopt several treaties, based on drafts worked out by the International Law Commission and considered by the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly. Access is available by individual document, and the entire collection of proceedings is searchable in full-text format.

      • WTO Reporter   W

    • International periodicals

    • International taxation

    • International trade and arbitration

    • International tribunals

      • Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project - Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC)

        Includes the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC). The GJC contains judgments, decisions, orders, and other documents issued by any of the twelve international/ized courts and tribunals contained in the WCRO Jurisprudence Collections, but will not include submissions by the parties or others involved in the cases.

      • Hague Justice Portal

      • ICC Legal Tools   W

        International Criminal Court (ICC) Legal Tools serve as an electronic library on international criminal law and justice. They include over 40,000 documents in several databases (the "Legal Tools Database"), together with four legal research and reference tools: the Case Matrix, the Elements Commentary, the Proceedings Commentary and the Means of Proof Document.

      • World Trade Organization (WTO)

    • Research guides

    • Treaties

      • EISIL (Electronic Information System for International Law)

        Collection of primary international resources, authoritative Web sites and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet. An open database of authenticated international materials. From the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

      • FLARE Index to Treaties

        Historical and current multilateral treaties, including all treaties available on the web concluded by the Organization of American States (OAS), all International Labour Organization conventions, the entire European Treaty Series of the Council of Europe, and every multilateral treaty printed in the Australian Treaty Series. From the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London.

      • HeinOnline - Treaties and Agreements   A

        US treaties, including Treaties and International Acts Series (TIAS), KAV Agreements, Treaties in Force (TIF), US State Department documents, International Legal Materials (ILM), and more.

      • HeinOnline - United Nations Law Collection   A

        Includes the UN Treaty Series (UNTS), Texts of Recently-Deposited Multilateral Treaties, Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, and more.

      • U.N. Treaty Collection

        Includes the UN Treaty Series (UNTS), Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, Texts of Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties, Photographs of Signature Ceremonies, Titles in the UN Official Languages.

      • U.S. Department of State Treaty Affairs

        Treaty resources from the State Department, including the current Treaties in Force, Treaties Pending, Multilateral Treaties for Which the U.S. is Depository, TIAS, and more.

      • United Nations Diplomatic Conferences

        This UN site provides access to the official records of a series of diplomatic conferences, convoked by the United Nations to negotiate and adopt several treaties, based on drafts worked out by the International Law Commission and considered by the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly. Access is available by individual document, and the entire collection of proceedings is searchable in full-text format.

  • Labor, employment and human resources

  • Law & economics

    • Law and Financial Markets Review

      "The Law and Financial Markets Review is a new, independent, English language journal devoted to providing high quality information, comment and analysis for lawyers specialising in banking and financial market issues and to others with interests in legal and regulatory developments affecting the financial markets."

  • Legal databases and portals

    • Avalon Project at Yale University

      The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. They have also linked to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. They have a tremendous number of important documents on their site, including those concerning the International Military Tribunal for Germany at Nuremberg.

    • Bloomberg BNA Library   W

      This Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) portal gives web access to most of their publications.

    • Bloomberg Law

      Integrated legal research database, premium content, news, and proprietary business data. To register for your own account, go to bloomberglaw.com/activate USE YOUR AU EMAIL ADDRESS and follow the prompts.

    • Casetext

      Casetext is a community of lawyers, law professors, and law students helping each other understand the law by annotating key legal documents. A searchable database of cases, statutes, regulations, and contracts with analysis and commentary directly alongside the text from a community of legal experts. Users may add analysis of their own. The community's analysis is supplemented by information aggregated automatically through state-of-the-art technology. All legal texts and annotations are free and publicly available, and will remain that way forever.

    • Corporate Practice Library   W

    • CQ Electronic Library   W

      The CQ Electronic Library is a resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. It includes the online version of CQ Weekly, with complete coverage of Capitol Hill and congressional news, the CQ Congress Collection, CQ Supreme Court Collection, CQ Public Affairs Collection, and CQ Voting and Elections Collection. CQEL also includes CQ Encyclopedia of American Government and CQ Insider, a comprehensive directory of the institutions and people of American government.

    • FDsys (formerly GPO Access)

      Formerly GPO Access, offers browsing and searching of key primary government documents, such as congressional bills and committee reports and hearings, the Congressional Record, public laws, presidential documents, and the Federal Register. Plans are to migrate all data now on GPO Access to FDsys by the end of 2011.

    • FindLaw

      A metasite linking to caselaw, statutes, session laws, regulations and other publications from federal and state jurisdictions.

    • GPO Access (now FDsys)

      The official site for government publications and websites. All content to be migrated to FDsys by 12/2011; most is already there.

    • HeinOnline   A

      A comprehensive collection of searchable full-text PDF (or text) images of major law journal articles, including back issues. Check online table of contents for coverage of specific journal titles; new titles are added regularly. Also includes searchable pre-1981 issues of the Federal Register. New volumes are added regularly.

    • Intelliconnect   W

      Formerly the Commerce Clearing House (CCH) portal

    • Justia.com

      Free legal portal that includes federal and state case law and statutes, other government information, legal forms, legal blogs, and more.

    • Law Review Commons

      Digital Commons collection of open legal scholarship, from law reviews that make their current issues and archives freely available online through their law schools’ Digital Commons repositories.

    • LawInfoChina (ChinaLaw)

      English-language translations of Chinese law. Includes Chinese laws and regulations, cases, scholarly articles and topical news.

    • Legal Information Institute (Cornell)

      One of the oldest and best law school sites; a good place to begin legal research.

    • LexisNexis   P

      Comprehensive full-text coverage of law, business and news sources, including periodicals.

    • LexisNexis Academic   A

      Access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information for those without access to the full LexisNexis.

    • LexisNexis Courtroom Cast   W

      Courtroom Cast is the academic portal for Courtroom View Network. It integrates text, audio, video, and rich media into an easily searchable and browsable database. Courtroom Cast also includes AudioCaseFiles, downloadable MP3 files of edited judicial opinions, along with full text of the edited opinion, a brief fact summary, and the rule of law. ACCESS REQUIRES REGISTRATION USING WCL EMAIL ADDRESSES.

    • LLMC Digital   A

      Digital images of federal and state government materials, primarily administrative agency decisions and court decisions.

    • MAKING OF MODERN LAW: LEGAL TREATISES 1800-1926 DIGITAL ARCHIVE   A

      "The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926" provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history in ways not previously possible.

    • PLI Discover Plus   W

      Search for Practicing Law Institute (PLI) publications. Includes books (course handbooks and treatises), forms and transcripts.

    • ProQuest Congressional   W

      ProQuest Congressional offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress.

    • ProQuest Statistical Insight (formerly LexisNexis Statistical Insight)   W

      Easy-to-use statistics and empirical datasets from the federal government, state governments, private publishers, and international organizations. Empirical datasets can be customized and cross-tabulated with other datasets, and downloaded to Excel or a comma-delimited format.

    • Thomas: Legislative Information from the Library of Congress

      See Congress.gov, which will soon replace Thomas. Access to bills and public laws, committee reports, roll call votes and the Congressional Record. Includes current and retrospective Congresses.

    • Thomson Reuters Checkpoint (Tax Law)   W

      Formerly RIA Checkpoint. A comprehensive database covering all aspect of U.S. tax laws, and includes the United States Tax Reporter Library, Federal Tax Coordinator Library, Public Domain Library, RIA Citator 2nd, RIA Tax Alerts, and State and local tax materials. Also available through this portal is RIA’s Worldwide Tax Laws Library, which covers major laws for many countries, including income and corporate tax law, VAT, corporation law, trust law, commercial codes, environmental law, money laundering and other regulations affecting financial transactions, labor law, and bankruptcy.

    • Westlaw   P

      Comprehensive full-text coverage of law, business, news and reference sources, including periodicals.

  • Legal history and theory

    • American Presidency Project

      An online archive that contains an extensive collection of documents related to the study of the Presidency. This site has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database: The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913), The Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to G.W. Bush (1929-2006) & Obama (2009), The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Carter - G.W. Bush (1977-2009), and The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents: Obama (2009-2012). The archives also contain thousands of other documents, such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates.

    • Avalon Project at Yale University

      The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. They have also linked to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. They have a tremendous number of important documents on their site, including those concerning the International Military Tribunal for Germany at Nuremberg.

    • Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: US Congressional Documents and Debates

      Collection of digitized historic federal legislative documents, beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774 to 1875. Includes early Journals of Congress, Elliot's Debates, American State Papers, early congressional bills, and pre-Congressional Record congressional debates.

    • ConSource

      A free library of constitutional history that contains digitized original source documents from founders who drafted, ratified, and influenced the creation of the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments. Documents are indexed by constitutional article, section, amendment and theme. Accompanying blog announces events related to constitutional history and interpretation.

    • HeinOnline - Historical Legal Treatises   A

    • HeinOnline - Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law   A

      HeinOnline - Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law

    • MAKING OF MODERN LAW: LEGAL TREATISES 1800-1926 DIGITAL ARCHIVE   A

      "The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926" provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history in ways not previously possible.

    • Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897 (from ProQuest)

    • Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

      The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, from 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights: An Historical Record of the Drafting Process

      UN site that provides historic documents related to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Legal profession

  • Libraries and catalogs

    • Academic Law Libraries

      Collection of U.S. academic law library websites, including library catalogs. From the American Association of Law Libraries.

    • Academic University Libraries

      Collection of U.S. academic library websites, including library catalogs. From Libweb at U.C. Berkeley.

    • AU Bender Library

      The website of the American University Bender Library, AU's main university library. Includes the AU/WRLC consortium catalog and research system.

    • Global Legal Information Catalog (GLIC)

      Includes publications which reprint the laws and regulations of multiple jurisdictions on a particular legal topic. Provides additional information about resources beyond that provided in the Library's online catalog. Searchable by jurisdiction, title, subject and keyword. From the Law Library of Congress.

    • Library of Congress

      Portal to the collections of the Library of Congress.

    • Libweb Library Websites

      Collection of library websites worldwide, including library catalogs. From Libweb at U.C. Berkeley.

    • Pence Law Library Catalog (LEAGLE)

      Our online catalog.

    • WorldCat (use for WCL interlibrary loans)   W

      A union catalog of libraries world-wide. The WCL community may use WorldCat with our interlibrary loan system, ILLiad.

  • Litigation, negotiation, and ADR

    • Class Action Litigation Report   W

    • Employment Discrimination Verdicts and Settlements   W

    • IAReporter (Investment Arbitration Reporter)   W

      CLICK ON SUBSCRIBER LOGIN ON LEFT SIDEBAR FOR ACCESS. A news and analysis service focusing on cross-border lawsuits between foreign investors and their host governments. IAReporter specializes in tracking and chronicling so-called investor-state arbitrations. These arbitrations are often-confidential in nature, but may have major financial, legal and policy impacts.

    • LexisNexis Courtroom Cast   W

      Courtroom Cast is the academic portal for Courtroom View Network. It integrates text, audio, video, and rich media into an easily searchable and browsable database. Courtroom Cast also includes AudioCaseFiles, downloadable MP3 files of edited judicial opinions, along with full text of the edited opinion, a brief fact summary, and the rule of law. ACCESS REQUIRES REGISTRATION USING WCL EMAIL ADDRESSES.

    • TradeLawGuide   W

  • Military law and national security

  • News

    • African-American and Other Historic Newspapers   A

      18th and 19th Century newspapers.

    • American History in Video   W

      Collection of videos from A&E Television Networks. Features documentaries and series from The History Channel, A&E Network, and Biography.

    • beSpacific

      News blog that covers law, government, non-government organizations and technology. Good resource for recent Executive Branch, Congressional Research Service (CRS), and General Accountability Office (GAO) reports, as well as other recently-released official and semi-official documents.

    • Chicago Tribune - Historical   A

      Runs from 1849 with currency lag.

    • Chronicle of Higher Education   W

      The Chronicle is a great source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; discussion forums; and career-building tools such as an online CV's, salary databases, and more.

    • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

      Search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

    • E-Journal and Newspaper A-Z List

      List of electronic journals and newspapers accessible to Pence Law Library patrons from its online catalog, Leagle, with links to the full text. Other electronic journals and newspapers may be available to library patrons via the main campus library's Aladin system.

    • Early American Newspapers   A

      Runs from 1690-1876.

    • LatinNews.com   W

      Latin American newsletters from 1967 to the present.

    • Legal Times   W

      A legal newspaper covering the legal profession and legal topics in the Washington, DC region.

    • Library.PressDisplay.com   A

      Same-day publication of over 400 English- and foreign-language newspapers and magazines. Sixty-day backrun.

    • Los Angeles Times - Historical   A

      Runs from 1881 with currency lag.

    • Nation   A

      Runs from 1865.

    • National Law Journal   W

      A legal newspaper covering the legal profession and national legal topics.

    • New York Times - Historical   A

      Runs from 1851 with currency lag.

    • Newseum - Today's Front Pages

      Digital images of over 600 of today's newspaper front pages, from around the world, with links to the newspaper's website. Archival front pages of notable events.

    • Supreme Court Brief   W

      News and analysis about the U.S. Supreme Court, from the National Law Journal.

    • Times (of London) Digital Archive   A

      Runs from 1785-1985.

    • TV News: Search & Borrow (Internet Archive)

      Allows a user to search closed captioning transcripts to borrow relevant television news programs. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added. Offers an index of searchable text and short, streamed clips to find full programs to borrow on DVD-ROM or view at the Internet Archive’s library in San Francisco.

    • Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition   A

      Runs from 1984. To browse today's articles, limit your search to today's date.

    • Wall Street Journal: Proquest Historical Newspaper   W

      Historical Wall Street Journal, 1889-1992, offers full-text and full image articles.

    • Washington Post - Historical   A

      Runs from 1877 with currency lag.

    • World News Connection   A

      Non-U.S. media, including newspapers, magazines, media broadcasts and conference proceedings.

  • Periodicals

    • Berkeley Electronic Press   W

      The Berkeley Electronic Press (BEPress) was founded as an electronic alternative to traditional paper academic journals. They publish journals and working papers in law, political science, current affairs, economics, business, marketing, science, technology, and medicine. This site also has a number of author tools, including LawKit and ExpressO, which help in the journal submission process.

    • Chronicle of Higher Education   W

      The Chronicle is a great source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; discussion forums; and career-building tools such as an online CV's, salary databases, and more.

    • Criminal Law Forum   W

      The official journal of the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law; access to all content.

    • Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal   W

    • Legal Times   W

      A legal newspaper covering the legal profession and legal topics in the Washington, DC region.

    • LLRX.com

      Web-based legal research journal that highlights online resources. Includes excellent research guides on many legal topics, including foreign law research guides.

    • National Law Journal   W

      A legal newspaper covering the legal profession and national legal topics.

    • Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal   W

    • Real Estate Journal   W

    • Tax Analysts Database   W

      A collection of federal and international tax resources, including Worldwide Tax Treaties and the Federal Tax Research Library. That research collection includes the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), regulations and other IRS materials, court decisions and the TA Tax Directory. Also included in the TA Database are Tax Analysts periodicals, such as Tax Notes; State Tax Notes; Tax Notes International; and the combined Tax Notes Today, State Tax Today & Worldwide Tax Daily.

    • Tax Management International Forum   W

    • Tax Planning International European Tax Service   W

    • U.S. Law Week   W

    • Periodical indexes and databases

      • ABA Full-text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search Engine

        Free resource from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Searches the full-text of over 300 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports.

      • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)   W

        Very current weekly listing of new academic law journal articles in PDF, Word and HTML formats. The HTML format has links to the full-text articles in LexisNexis and Westlaw. (Users must have passwords to access full text.) CILP entries are about six weeks more current than the listings in other legal periodicals indexes. To set up a customized SmartCILP email account, tailored to your subject interests and/or specific journals, see the SmartCILP instructions at the bottom of the CILP page.

      • E-Journal and Newspaper A-Z List

        List of electronic journals and newspapers accessible to Pence Law Library patrons from its online catalog, Leagle, with links to the full text. Other electronic journals and newspapers may be available to library patrons via the main campus library's Aladin system.

      • Find e-Journals

        This tool from the Bender Library helps you find online journals to which the University subscribes.

      • HAPI Online (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)   A

        Includes access to articles about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. HAPI currently provides over 60,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

      • HeinOnline   A

        A comprehensive collection of searchable full-text PDF (or text) images of major law journal articles, including back issues. Check online table of contents for coverage of specific journal titles; new titles are added regularly. Also includes searchable pre-1981 issues of the Federal Register. New volumes are added regularly.

      • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals   W

        Covers selected journals and essay collections worldwide, many non-English language. Provides coverage from 1985. In hard copy, this index provides coverage from 1960. From the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

      • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books   W

        This legal periodicals index covers articles in Anglo-American law reviews and selected law-related books from 1983. It excludes legal newspapers. In hard copy, the ILPB provides coverage from 1907.

      • JSTOR   A

        Excludes recent 2-to-5 years, otherwise full text of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and math. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

      • Law Review Commons

        Digital Commons collection of open legal scholarship, from law reviews that make their current issues and archives freely available online through their law schools’ Digital Commons repositories.

      • LegalTrac   W

        The most comprehensive current legal periodicals index. Covers law reviews, bar journals, and legal newspapers. Provides coverage from 1980.

      • LexOpus: From Law Working Papers to Published Works

        Free article publication service, similar to ExpressO. From the Washington & Lee Law Library.

      • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)   A

        Index with abstracts covering economic, political and social issues, business, finance, law, international trade and relations, public administration, government, political science and any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation; covers selected journal articles, books, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports and government documents. Scope is worldwide in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

      • Project MUSE   A

        Currently, Project MUSE® offers nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic journals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

      • ProQuest   A

        Abstracts of periodical articles, with full text of many. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

      • Scholastica

        Submit article manuscripts to law reviews, as well as journals in other disciplines. Each user establishes an individual account. USERS MUST USE WCL EMAIL ADDRESSES. Similar to ExpressO.

      • Social Science Research Network   W

        Abstracts of law-related scholarly working papers and articles accepted for publication, full text journals, professional announcements, calls for papers, and academic and industry job listings. Part of the Social Science Research Network. From main SSRN site, select "Legal Scholarship Network" from the left-hand menu. To create a customized subscription, select "Site Subscriptions for LSN," then "join an existing site" and complete the form.

  • Privacy, secrecy, and FOIA

  • Reference

    • Consumers' Checkbook

      Consumer reports and ratings of Washington-area services, professionals and establishments. Login/password available at reference desk.

    • Encyclopædia Britannica   A

      The premier English language encyclopedia, available online along with a world atlas and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus.

    • HathiTrust Digital Library

      HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. It brings together the collections of partner institutions in digital form, including books, government documents and other materials.

    • Merriam-Webster online

      Web-based version of the Merriam-Webster English Dictionary.

    • Mobile Apps for Law Students

      Collection of law-related mobile apps.

    • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)   A

      Web-based version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

    • Understanding Citations (Bluebook)

      Series of Bluebook citation instruction videos, from Elon University.

    • Washington Consumers' Checkbook

      Consumer reports and ratings of Washington-area services, professionals and establishments. Login/password available at reference desk.

    • Directories

      • American Bench   W

        Directory of courts and judges.

      • Bloomberg BNA Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks   W

        Current contact information on the nation's judges and clerks, along with the extensive details on the structure of federal, state, and territorial courts.

      • Leadership Library on the Internet   W

        Also known as the "Yellow Books," the Leadership Directories contain the most up-to-date organizational and contact information for the fourteen areas they cover: Congressional, Federal, Federal Regional, State, Municipal, Judicial, Corporate, Financial, News Media, Associations, Law Firms, Government Affairs, Foreign Representatives, and the Nonprofit Sector.

      • Washington Information Directory   W

        Published by CQ Press, this invaluable directory of U.S. governmental and non-governmental organizations. It covers federal agencies, governors and other state officials, U.S. and foreign diplomats, NGOs, policy groups, foundations, institutions, and Congress. You may search by keyword, organization name, or advanced search. You may also browse by organization type or public policy topic.

    • Finding tools

      • E-Journal and Newspaper A-Z List

        List of electronic journals and newspapers accessible to Pence Law Library patrons from its online catalog, Leagle, with links to the full text. Other electronic journals and newspapers may be available to library patrons via the main campus library's Aladin system.

      • Federal Legislative History Research LibGuide

        User-friendly research guide from the Pence Law Library.

      • Find e-Journals

        This tool from the Bender Library helps you find online journals to which the University subscribes.

      • Finding Resources in the Library   W

        Topical Research Guide - Finding Resources in the Library

      • HeinOnline - Subject Compilations of State Laws   A

        A resource for finding lists of state laws on many subjects, that have been compiled in treatises, articles and other materials.

      • LawTrio Law Publications Database   W

        LawTRIO is a fully searchable bibliographic database of over 7,500 legal titles combined from three of our print directories. The titles come in three formats: looseleaf (from Legal Looseleafs in Print, newsletter (from Legal Newsletters in Print), and CD-ROM (from Directory of Law Related CD-ROMs).

      • Microform Finder

        A finding aid for all the microforms (both microfilm and microfiche) to which the library subscribes.

      • PLI Discover Plus   W

        Search for Practicing Law Institute (PLI) publications. Includes books (course handbooks and treatises), forms and transcripts.

      • ProQuest Statistical Insight (formerly LexisNexis Statistical Insight)   W

        Easy-to-use statistics and empirical datasets from the federal government, state governments, private publishers, and international organizations. Empirical datasets can be customized and cross-tabulated with other datasets, and downloaded to Excel or a comma-delimited format.

    • Indexes

      • ABA Full-text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search Engine

        Free resource from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Searches the full-text of over 300 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports.

      • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)   W

        Very current weekly listing of new academic law journal articles in PDF, Word and HTML formats. The HTML format has links to the full-text articles in LexisNexis and Westlaw. (Users must have passwords to access full text.) CILP entries are about six weeks more current than the listings in other legal periodicals indexes. To set up a customized SmartCILP email account, tailored to your subject interests and/or specific journals, see the SmartCILP instructions at the bottom of the CILP page.

      • HAPI Online (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)   A

        Includes access to articles about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. HAPI currently provides over 60,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

      • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals   W

        Covers selected journals and essay collections worldwide, many non-English language. Provides coverage from 1985. In hard copy, this index provides coverage from 1960. From the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

      • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books   W

        This legal periodicals index covers articles in Anglo-American law reviews and selected law-related books from 1983. It excludes legal newspapers. In hard copy, the ILPB provides coverage from 1907.

      • LegalTrac   W

        The most comprehensive current legal periodicals index. Covers law reviews, bar journals, and legal newspapers. Provides coverage from 1980.

  • Research guides

  • Social sciences

    • American History in Video   W

      Collection of videos from A&E Television Networks. Features documentaries and series from The History Channel, A&E Network, and Biography.

    • Data.gov

      Datasets from Executive Branch agencies, and from several states. Includes information about how to access the datasets, and tools that "leverage" the government datasets. Part of the Obama Administration's open government initiative.

    • FedStats

      Statistics from more than 100 U.S. federal government agencies, by agency, topic, geographical entity, and more.

    • Find e-Journals

      This tool from the Bender Library helps you find online journals to which the University subscribes.

    • HAPI Online (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)   A

      Includes access to articles about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. HAPI currently provides over 60,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

    • JSTOR   A

      Excludes recent 2-to-5 years, otherwise full text of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and math. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

    • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)   A

      Index with abstracts covering economic, political and social issues, business, finance, law, international trade and relations, public administration, government, political science and any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation; covers selected journal articles, books, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports and government documents. Scope is worldwide in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

    • Policymap   W

      "PolicyMap is an innovative geographic information system that allows you to easily create custom maps, tables and reports - and gives you the ability to download, rank and analyze data." from the Web Page

    • Project MUSE   A

      Currently, Project MUSE® offers nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic journals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

    • ProQuest   A

      Abstracts of periodical articles, with full text of many. Provided by American University's Bender Library.

    • ProQuest Statistical Insight (formerly LexisNexis Statistical Insight)   W

      Easy-to-use statistics and empirical datasets from the federal government, state governments, private publishers, and international organizations. Empirical datasets can be customized and cross-tabulated with other datasets, and downloaded to Excel or a comma-delimited format.

    • Rand Corporation Research Reports

      Research reports on national security and international affairs topics, as well as other topic, such as civil justice, energy & environment, health care and child policy.

    • Social Science Research Network   W

      Abstracts of law-related scholarly working papers and articles accepted for publication, full text journals, professional announcements, calls for papers, and academic and industry job listings. Part of the Social Science Research Network. From main SSRN site, select "Legal Scholarship Network" from the left-hand menu. To create a customized subscription, select "Site Subscriptions for LSN," then "join an existing site" and complete the form.

    • Statistical Abstract of the United States

      The U.S. Census Bureau has terminated the collection of data for the Statistical Compendia program, effective October 1, 2011. The Statistical Compendium program is comprised of the Statistical Abstract of the United States and its supplemental products - - the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and the County and City Data Book. To access the most current data, please refer to the organizations cited in the source notes for each table of the Statistical Abstract.

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    • EISIL (Electronic Information System for International Law)

      Collection of primary international resources, authoritative Web sites and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet. An open database of authenticated international materials. From the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

    • FLARE Index to Treaties

      Historical and current multilateral treaties, including all treaties available on the web concluded by the Organization of American States (OAS), all International Labour Organization conventions, the entire European Treaty Series of the Council of Europe, and every multilateral treaty printed in the Australian Treaty Series. From the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London.

    • HeinOnline - Treaties and Agreements   A

      US treaties, including Treaties and International Acts Series (TIAS), KAV Agreements, Treaties in Force (TIF), US State Department documents, International Legal Materials (ILM), and more.

    • HeinOnline - United Nations Law Collection   A

      Includes the UN Treaty Series (UNTS), Texts of Recently-Deposited Multilateral Treaties, Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, and more.

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      Includes the UN Treaty Series (UNTS), Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, Texts of Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties, Photographs of Signature Ceremonies, Titles in the UN Official Languages.

    • U.S. Department of State Treaty Affairs

      Treaty resources from the State Department, including the current Treaties in Force, Treaties Pending, Multilateral Treaties for Which the U.S. is Depository, TIAS, and more.

  • Treatises

    • HeinOnline - Historical Legal Treatises   A

    • LexisNexis   P

      Comprehensive full-text coverage of law, business and news sources, including periodicals.

    • MAKING OF MODERN LAW: LEGAL TREATISES 1800-1926 DIGITAL ARCHIVE   A

      "The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926" provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history in ways not previously possible.

    • PLI Discover Plus   W

      Search for Practicing Law Institute (PLI) publications. Includes books (course handbooks and treatises), forms and transcripts.

    • Westlaw   P

      Comprehensive full-text coverage of law, business, news and reference sources, including periodicals.

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