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Key Law Databases

Lexis-Nexis Academic

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

  • To find law review articles, use the "Look up a Legal Case" box and then click on the "Law Reviews" link.
  • To find 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" then Legal: "Federal Statutes and Regulations". Under "Advanced Options", check only "Annotated U.S. Code (USCS)".
  • To find public laws, click on "Search by Subject or Topic" then Legal: "Federal Statutes and Regulations". Under "Advanced Options", check only "Public Laws".
  • To find foreign cases, click on "Search by Subject or Topic" then International Legal, choosing either "Canadian Cases" or "European Union, Commonwealth & Foreign Nations". If you choose "European Union...", make your choice(s) under "Sources".


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

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

"Introduction to legal research on Westlaw Next" [a.k.a. "Campus Help Guide"] is linked to at the bottom of every WestlawNext webpage.

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.

Law Journal Library via HeinOnline.

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".


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.

Background on Locating Journal Articles

Our lists of databases, alphabetical or by subject.

Citation only

Some databases do not provide journal articles in full-text, but rather provide only citations, i.e. information identifying the article with author, article title, journal title, date, volume and issue numbers, page numbers, etc. To get the article, take this information and follow the directions below under "If you already know the title of the journal...".

Directly to full-text

Some databases link directly to full-text journal articles using a link such as PDF full-text, Linked full-text, full-text, full-text - PDF, Article PDF, etc.

Indirectly to full-text and/or other formats

Many citations in many databases have a link reading Find it @ Bowdoin, check availability, or something similar. Clicking that link brings up a window which tells you whether the article (a) is available in full-text, or (b) is available in print or microfilm at Bowdoin, or (c) is not available at Bowdoin but can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

If you already know the title of the journal...

you can select the Journal Titles A-Z tab on the Library Homepage and enter the journal (not the article) title. If we have access to that journal, you'll find a list of full-text subscriptions or other print or microform choices for accessing the article. If the journal is not available at Bowdoin, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.

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