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    Below is an A-Z listing of databases recommended for UC Davis Law School students and faculty. Some databases are licensed only to UC Davis law students and faculty. Additional databases are licensed by the California Digital Library ("CDL databases") for all University of California affiliated students, faculty and staff. CDL databases cover a full-range of topics including history, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, technology and many other disciplines that often intersect with the study of law and policy.

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List of Law-Related Databases

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ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals

A digitized collection of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Library Collection of Periodicals, including 44 periodicals previously only available to ABA section members.  This is a complete historical collection; along with access to the most current volumes are available which cover a wide range of legal subject areas of American law.

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Academic Search Complete

The multi-disciplinary database Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides full-text access to more than 5,500 periodicals, including over 4,600 peer-reviewed journals, and indexing and abstracts for an additional 9,500 journals and 10,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. This scholarly collection offers coverage of information in many areas of academic study including, but not limited to: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.

Coverage: 1887-present

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Access World News - Newsbank

Provides full-text of a large number of California' and U.S. newspapers including Washington Post (1977-), Los Angeles Times (1985-), S.F. Chronicle (1985-), Sacramento Bee (1984-), and the Davis Enterprise (1997-). (The New York Times is available on Proquest and Lexis Nexis Academic). In addition, Access World News from NewsBank covers over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources; including a selection of Spanish language newspapers from the United States and other countries.

Coverage: Varies with individual newspaper.

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America History & Life

Use this database to locate articles on American and Canadian history, including ethnic history and relations, from prehistory to the present; more than 2000 journals published worldwide.

Coverage: 1964-preset

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Berkeley Electronic Press

Peer-reviewed electronic journals on legal and other topics edited by academics and available in full-text. Topics include Global issues, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Legal Scholarship and others.

Coverage: 2000-present

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Bloomberg BNA Online

A select group of Bloomberg BNA titles is accessible online including: ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct; Accounting Policy & Practice Report; Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report; Bankruptcy Law Reporter; Compensation Planning Journal; Criminal Law Reporter; Daily Tax Report, Electronic Commerce & Law Report; Employment Discrimination Report, Environment Reporter, Estate, Gifts and Trusts Journal, Family Law Reporter, Financial Planning Journal, Health Law Reporter, Intellectual Property Library, International Trade Reporter, Labor and Employment Law Library, Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, Pension & Benefits Reporter, Securities Regulation & Law Report, Tax Management Memorandum, Tax Management Weekly Report, Transfer Pricing Report, Tax Management Portfolios, U.S. Law Week, U.S. Patents Quarterly, White Collar Crime Report, World Securities Law Report.

Coverage: Varies with each title

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Bloomberg Law

A relatively new database of primary and secondary legal resources online. Available to law school affiliates. Must have password to access.

To activate your password you MUST use your UC Davis law school email - otherwise they can not verify your law school affiliation.

Password Required

Business Source Complete

"Indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals, Business Source Complete contains detailed author profiles for the 25,000 most-cited authors in the database." Business Source Complete is an upgrade from Business Source Premier

Coverage: coverage varies by title with some going as far back as 1886.

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CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)

Computer-based exercises provided for use in conjunction with law school courses. Tutorials are available in 28 legal subject areas.

Coverage: 1982-present

Password Required

CCH IntelliConnect

CCH IntelliConnect provides access to a number of databases on Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Computer and Internet, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Securities, and other business law topics.

Coverage: Varies with each title.

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CDL Databases (California Digital Library)

The California Digital Library licenses more than 8,000 journals and 200 databases on behalf of the University of California. These databases provide access to a wide range of interdisciplinary topics.

CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar, California)

Electronic access provided to the most popular CEB practice titles, reporters and Action Guides. Regular updating included, fully searchable, with links to cases, statutes.

Coverage: Current with case links back to 1934.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

Full-text database includes articles, news, reports, and statistical data on higher education.

Coverage: 1989-present

Password Required

CILP (Current Index to Legal Periodicals)

Provides a weekly index to legal periodicals arranged by broad topics and a list of the tables of contents of indexed periodicals.

Password Required

CQ Electronic Library-Congressional Quarterly

Full-text included of CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, and CQ Index. Provides research summaries, weekly reports on Congressional activities and political developments. Full-text searching available.

Coverage: Weekly, 1983-present; Researcher, 1991-present

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Daily Journal

Provides online access to legal newspapers, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal.

Coverage: 1998-Present

Password Required

Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)

The Digital National Security Archive contains declassified government documents.  Documents are index by  scholars and experts, exhaustively covering  world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.  Glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs are included.

Coverage: 1880's - preset

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A comprehensive, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature compiled from the American Economic Association's Journal of economic literature and the Index of economic articles in journals and collective volumes. Topics include economic theory and history, monetary theory and financial institutions; labor economics; international, regional, urban economics; and other related subjects.

Coverage: 1969-present

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Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics and Policy

The leading journal for coverage and analysis of legal issues on election law. Topics covered include: Campaign finance reform, redistricting and reapportionment, voting rights, equal protection and election reform, term limits, the Internet and political campaigns, voting technologies and uniform voting, ballot design and ballot access, legal issues in media of election coverage, monitoring overseas elections and initiatives and other ballot propositions.

Coverage: v.1 (2002) - current

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Environmental Law Reporter (Environmental Law Institute)

Contains environmental, natural resources energy, health/safety, and land use law research source documents. Includes summaries, expert analysis on state, federal and international issues. Searchable by index or keyword.

Coverage: Source documents back to 1971

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Factiva provides access to global news and business information, including local newspapers, same-day newswires, company reports, and media programs. Provides company information including market data and competitors. Includes full-text of the Wall Street Journal. Coverage in more than 20 languages.

Coverage: Varies by source.

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Federal Legislative History Library - HeinOnline

This online library is organized in two parts. One part is derived from the looseleaf publication entitled Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories: A Bibliography of Government Documents, Periodical Articles, and Books by Nancy P. Johnson. The sources for these compilations include congressional documents, legal periodicals, treatises and looseleaf services. The second part of this library is the U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection, which is a collection of full-text legislative histories on some of the most important and historically significant legislation of our time. A legislative history is the collection of documents that are produced in Congress during the enactment of a law.

Coverage: Varies by source.

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FORECITE California

Provides electronic access to the latest developments in CALCRIM and CALJIC jury instructions. It contains thousands of pages of argument, authority, and alternate instructions for both CALCRIM and CALJIC. Recent revisions to CALCRIM are also documented with commentary.

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Foreign and International Law Resources - HeinOnline

This online library comprising over 1,600 volumes is organized in four parts: Part I: International Yearbooks and Periodicals; Part II: U.S. Law Digests; Part II: International Tribunals/Judicial Decisions; and Part IV: Other Significant Works Related to Foreign and International Law. The collection includes publications by the American Society of International Law and the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice series.

Coverage: Varies by source.

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Foreign Law Guide

Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World A guide to official sources and official full texts of legislation and English translations of codes, laws and relevant material published separately for the legal systems of over 180 nations or jurisdictions, including internet sources for individual jurisdictions.

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Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean

This resource provides access to select historical papers from Mexico, Brazil, and Central America-mostly in the original language.

There is also access to select materials from the FBI File on the American Churchwomen Killed in El Salvador, December 1980. Please click on this link for a brief summary of the incident. This collection from the FBI file includes "State Department, FBI, and El Salvadoran government memoranda, correspondence, specimen analyses, photographs of weapons, field reports, newspaper clippings, witness statements, and polygraph examination reports. In addition, there are requests for information by the victims' families to both the U.S. and El Salvadoran governments."

Coverage: Varies

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Provides electronic access to historical and current law reviews, statutes, regulations, legislative histories, moot court competition briefs, legal textsperiodicals, American Bar Association (ABA) periodicals (including member-only content), and documents including: U.S. law reviews and journals, criminal justice journals, international & non-U.S. law journals, Code of Federal Regulations (1938-present), Federal Register (1936-present), U.S. Statutes at Large Vols. 1-125 (1789-2011), U.S. federal legislative histories, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. Attorney General Opinions Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Reports Vols. 1-558 (1754-2010), Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (1949-present), session laws for all 50 states including Puerto Rico and District of Columbia, U.S. treaties and agreements, Foreign & International Law Resources, English Reports (1220-1865) and an extensive collection of Legal Classics with over 1,000 titles - some authored by Joseph Story, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo and Edwardo Coke.

Coverage: Varies by source.

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Historical Abstracts

Use this database to find articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present. Indexes more than 2000 journals.

Coverage: 1967-present.

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Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

The database, available through HeinOnline, provides access to legal literature worldwide, covering all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law, including all languages. This includes comparative law and legal systems, such as Islamic law; socialist law; public and private international law; and transnational commercial law. American publications concerning foreign law are included. Included are journal articles, congress reports, essay collections, yearbooks, and book reviews. For materials available through Hein Online there will be direct links to the full text; otherwise, full citation information is provided to help you locate the text through other resources.

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Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective

This retrospective database indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It includes annual surveys, yearbooks, institutes, and reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic for the period 1908-1981. For articles published after 1981, use Legaltrac.

Coverage: 1908-1981

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Full-text access to back files of 773 scholarly journals in nearly 50 disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Current issues are NOT included.

Coverage: Varies with each title.

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Kluwer Law International Journal Library

Electronic access to 21 Kluwer Law International Journals including: Air and Space Law; Arbitration International; World Trade and Arbitration Materials, International Journal of Comparative Labour & Industrial Relations; European Public Law; European Review of Private Law; and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. For a complete list of journals consult HeinOnline under the Kluwer Library.

Coverage: Varies with each title

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Law Journal Library - HeinOnline

Collection of law reviews and journals going back to the first volume for most titles, organized in the following categories: American Bar Association Journals, Core U.S. Journals, Criminal Justice Journals, International & Non-U.S. Law Journals, Intellectual Property Law Journal Library and Most-Cited Law Journals. Downloaded documents are PDF images of the actual journal or law review, these PDF’s can be forwarded to e-mail as an attachment. To receive e-mail alerts for a specific journal, select a specific journal, and click “create e-mail alert” -- you will be prompted to create a MyHein account.

Coverage: Varies by title, most journals go back to vol. 1

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Provides access to citations from major legal publications and many full text articles in PDF format. LegalTrac is updated daily with coverage starting from 1980. For articles published before 1980, use Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective which covers the period 1908-1981.

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LexisNexis Academic

Provides access to current news, business and legal information, a broad range of interdisciplinary materials, and a wide range of U.S. and foreign newspapers. Legal resources include state and federal laws and regulations, a full range of case law, and law review articles.

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LexisNexis Advance

Database of primary and secondary legal resources online. Available to law school affiliates and has replaced You must have password to access - this password will not be the same as the password to If you are unsure if you have migrated over or have lost your password and/or login for Lexis ADVANCED - use this link to check

Password Required

LLMC Digital (Law Library Microform Consortium)

Provides full-text access to a growing collection of law and law-related materials including U.S. Federal documents, statutes, treatises, case law, administrative decisions, and reports of government agencies, boards and departments, Native American law, and state court records and briefs.

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Loislaw provides access to both state and federal primary law. 

Their treatise library covers a wide range of topics, there is also access to bar publications.

N.B. the law library does not currently provide access to the forms or the public records materials on Loislaw. 

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Making Of Modern Law: Primary Sources I (MOML)

This covers materials from the 17th century through 1920. The materials are an “archive of the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests and more.”

Coverage: 1620-1926

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Making Of Modern Law: Primary Sources II, 1763-1970 (MOML)

This covers materials from 18th century through the 1960's. The materials available come from constitutional convention and compilations, and include, U. S. state and territorial codes and municipal codes.

Coverage: 1763-1970

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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

A comprehensive collection peer-reviewed articles on public international law, topics include: relationship between international and domestic law, settlement of disputes, human rights, immunities, international courts and tribunals, criminal law, economic law and relations, environmental law, procedural law in international organizations, law of the sea, law of treaties and the use of force, war, peace and neutrality. Searching is possible by document type in the following categories: overview articles, specific armed conflicts, specific cases and decisions, specific geographic issues and specific treaties and instruments. This is a fully updated online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2001 (print edition at Mabie Law Library: KZ1160 .E53).

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

Federal, State, and local government criminal and juvenile justice reports, research findings, statistics, congressional hearing transcripts, unpublished reports and indexes. Subject areas covered include corrections, courts, drugs, law enforcement, crime statistics, victims of crime, etc.

Coverage: 1971-present
National Journal

Weekly news stories on politics and government, daily Congress updates, hotline news and book reviews.

Coverage: Current

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NatLaw World Database - National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT)

Database provided of legislation and secondary materials of Latin American countries. Access includes Diario Oficial, English translations of Mexican legislation, Inter-American Trade Report, and Treaties and Agreements.

Coverage: 1995-present

Password Required

Nolo E-Book (Legal Information Reference Center) 

The Sacramento Law Library provides the access to these materials. If you have any questions about accessing  these materials, please contact the Sacramento Law Library.

Caution: Nolo has only allowed online access to older editions of the materials. The most current editions of e-books are not available through this service.

In order to access the most recent editions, please check the Sacramento Law Library catalog for print copies. The Mabie Law Library has a very select collection of Nolo materials as well.

Nolo e-books are written for non-lawyers and are a good place to start your understanding of legal topic you are researching.

They should not be taken as legal advice nor do they reflect the most current law or the law specific to your situation.

Some of the titles available include: Fight your ticket in California; California Tenant’s Rights, Legal Research, Patent It Yourself.

Coverage: Varies - not current

Password Required

OECD iLibrary (previously "Source OECD")

Full-text provided of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publications. Includes statistical data, books, and periodical. Specific databases include: OECD Factbook, Country Statistical Profiles, and the OECD Stat cross-database query.

Coverage: 1998-present

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Oxford Journals

A select group of Oxford Journals are available online: British Year Book of International Law; Current Legal Problems; International Data Privacy Law; Journal of European Competition Law & Practice; Journal of International Dispute Settlement; Yearbook of European Law; Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Capital Markets Law Journal; Chinese Journal of International Law; International Journal of Constitutional Law; Journal of Human Rights Practice; Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice; Journal of International Criminal Justice; Journal of World Energy Law & Business; Law, Probability and Risk; Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and Trusts and Trustees. Access individual titles by performing a title search in the Law Library’s catalog, MORT.

Coverage: Varies with each title

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PACER-U.S. Courts

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) provides docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts for a fee.

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PAIS International

International index of articles, books, government reports, statistical directories, research reports in various languages. Updated monthly.

Coverage: 1972-present

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ProQuest Congressional [formerly LexisNexis Congressional]

Provides detailed indexing from 1789 forwards for publications of Congress: documents, reports, hearings, unpublished hearing transcripts, laws and regulations, plus legislative histories and information on members of Congress. LexisNexis Congressional includes full text only for more recent congressional documents.

Coverage: Varies

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ProQuest - Current Newspapers

Current full-text of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times (including the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review), and the Wall Street Journal. For historical backfiles, see ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Coverage: Varies by source.

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PsycARTICLES is a database of 54 electronic journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.

Coverage: 1987-present

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PsycINFO is a department of the American Psychological Association (APA). It provides citations to articles in professional journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, dissertations and even important internet sites in psychology and related disciplines, most with abstracts and some citations. (Psychinfo is the incorrect spelling.)

Coverage: 1840-present

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RIA Checkpoint

Full-text federal and state tax resources including cases, statutes, Internal Revenue Code, tax regulations, IRS revenue and letter rulings, Tax Court procedures, tax alerts, tax journals, recent, pending and past legislation and U.S. Tax Treaties in Force. Registration and password required: U.C. Davis Law School faculty should contact and request RIA Checkpoint access; U.C. Davis law school students need to follow registration steps found here .

Coverage: Cases - complete; Other - 1954-present

Password Required

Social Science Citation Index

The Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It is particularly suited to trace citations to authors and articles across publications. It indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.

N.B. once on the search page click on the More Settings to limit the search to SSCI.

Coverage: 1956-present

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Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts Database is a primary resource for accessing the latest research sponsored in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.

Coverage: 1986-present

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Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a world wide collaborative of leading scholars that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. It is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. Each of SSRN's networks encourages the early distribution of research results by reviewing and publishing submitted abstracts and by soliciting abstracts of top quality research papers around the world. The SSRN eLibrary contains information about working and accepted papers in the fields of financial economics, accounting research, legal scholarship, economic research and management research.

Coverage: Varies.

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TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse)

Syracuse University provides database with comprehensive information about federal staffing, spending and enforcement activities of the federal government. Compiles activity data and offers comparative analysis of data from the FBI, IRS, Drug Enforcement.

Coverage: 1996-present

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U.S. Congressional Serial Set [via NewsBank]

The Readex/Newsbank U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817 - 1980) will contain all publications from the 15th through the 96th Congresses, together with American State Papers (a retrospective collection of materials originating from 1789 through 1838 but published in the second quarter of the 19th century). The U.S. Congressional Serial Set the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes an incomparably rich collection of primary source material of all aspects of American history.

Coverage: 1817 - 1980, with American State Papers 1789 - 1838 (Projected coverage - this is an ongoing project and not yet completed; approximate coverage to date is American State Papers and 15th Congress - 48th Congress, 1817 - 1885)

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United Nations Documents Center

Selected full-text of United Nations official records and documents are available from the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice, and Trusteeship Council.

Coverage: 2000-present; cases-1946-present
United Nations Treaties

Full-text of treaties and international agreements entered into by members of the United Nations includes status of treaties, indexes, monthly updates.

Coverage: 1946-present
United States Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

a searchable database of over 350,000 digitized Supreme Court documents including Amicus Briefs, Appellant's Briefs, Appellee's Briefs, Applications for Review, Applications for Writ, Briefs in Opposition, Briefs of Real Party, Intervenor's Briefs, Jurisdictional Statements, Letter Briefs, Oppositions for Review, Oral Transcripts, Petitions, Petitions for Rehearing, Petitioner's Briefs, Petitions for Writ of Certiorari, Relator's Briefs and Supplements to Petitions. Documents are available for both argued (indicated by a gavel icon in search result) and cert denied cases and can be downloaded in PDF format.

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WestlawNext is the new interface and search system from Westlaw, currently under development. As of October 19, 2010 WestlawNext is available to all law school students and faculty (using your same Westlaw password). WestlawNext is still evolving -- not all content on Westlaw is available on WestlawNext, in particular foreign and international law databases. Important note regarding printing: WestlawNext now allows printing for law school students and faculty. You can still download materials to Amazon Kindle devices.

Coverage: Varies by database

Password Required

Worldwide Political Sciences Abstracts

Use this database to locate articles, international in scope, on political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration policy.

Coverage: 1975-present.

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