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Key Law Databases

LexisNexis Academic

Full-text subscription database of federal and state cases, statutes, law reviews and news.

  • To find U.S. law review articles, use the "Look up a Legal Case" box and then click on the "Law Reviews" link.
  • To find U.S. cases, use the box titled "Look up a Legal Case".
    • Click on the "cases" link within that box then use "Advanced Options" to limit by date or jurisdiction; "Build Your Own Segment Search" allows you to search for terms among the core terms, headnotes, etc. For example: CORE-TERMS(evolution) AND HEADNOTES("establishment of religion")
  • To search the U.S. Code, click on "Search by Subject or Topic" > Legal: "Federal Statutes and Regulations". Under "Advanced Options", check only "Annotated U.S. Code (USCS)".
  • To find U.S. public laws, click on "Search by Subject or Topic" > Legal: "Federal Statutes and Regulations". Under "Advanced Options", check only "Public Laws".
  • To find foreign cases, click on "Search by Subject or Topic" > "International Legal", then choose either "Canadian Cases" or "EU, Commonwealth, and other Nations". If you choose "EU...", make your choice(s) under "Sources". Note: coverage varies.
  • It is not possible to simultaneously search all U.S. and foreign law reviews without selecting each by hand. To search selected law reviews, choose Browse (at top of front page) > Law Reviews & Journals folder > select desired titles > OK-continue. To search combined US & Canadian, UK, Australian, and/or Brazilian law reviews, choose Browse (at top of front page) > Law Reviews & Journals folder > Multiple/Single Source > Multiple-source Files > select desired titles > OK-continue.
  • To find other materials that cite a particular case, choose "Next Steps" (at the top right) > Shepardize.

Help: LexisNexis Academic Knowledge Center, including Natural Language and Boolean Searching.

Westlaw

Full-text subscription database of case law, law reviews, and news.

  • To find U.S. law review articles, choose "All content" > "Secondary Sources" > "Law Reviews & Journals". Alternatively, from a results list, if available, choose "Secondary Sources" or "Context & Analysis", then "Law Review Commentaries".
  • To find U.S. cases, choose "All content" > "cases".
  • To search the U.S. Code, choose "Federal Materials" > "United States Code Annotated (USCA)".
  • To find European Union cases, law review articles, legislation, etc., choose: Browse > All Content > International Materials.
  • To find other materials that cite a particular case, law, law review article, etc., click on the "Citing References" tab.
  • Black's Law Dictionary is under "All content" > "Secondary Sources" and in the right column.

Help: "Campus Help Guide" [i.e. "Introduction to legal research on Westlaw Next"] is linked to at the bottom of every Westlaw webpage. Other guides, including Searching with Boolean Terms and Connectors are also available.

HeinOnline's Law Journal Library.

From the "All Collections" drop-down (at the top left), choose "Law Journal Library". Coverage from the first issue of "more than 2300 law and law-related periodicals". Our strongest database for foreign law reviews.

Help: Training Guides, including Advanced Search Syntax.

Index to Legal Periodicals and books, 1982-
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective, 1908-1981

International coverage and access to law reviews, scholarly articles, jurisdictional surveys, legislation, and more. Search on a citation to a case in the "Court Cases" field. Search on a citation to the U.S. Code using the form "8 U.S.C. 1158" in the "Statute" field. The "check availability" link connects to full-text in most cases.

JSTOR

An online archive of scholarly journals, including a number of respected law reviews. This can be an especially useful database to search when looking for law reviews for cases decided prior to 1982.

Other disciplines

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Legal Citations

Chicago style

Style and Citation Guides
Bowdoin Library maintains this list of resources for Chicago, Bluebook, and other styles.

Bluebook style

The bluebook : a uniform system of citation
Main Ref Desk KF245 .B58 20th 2015
The standard legal citation guide.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII)
Peter W. Martin, Cornell Law School.

Other styles

Guide to foreign and international legal citations, New York University School of Law, Main Ref K89 .G84 2006