Like Westlaw and Lexis, Versus Law provides an excellent source of information for researchers interested in looking for information on primary sources of law. Versus Law covers appellate cases, statutes and administrative regulations at both the state and federal levels. Additionally, the database covers Federal District Court cases from 1950 to the present. Finally, Versus Law includes a collection of tribal cases from selected tribes located throughout the United States.
Unlike Westlaw or Lexis, Versus Law does not include any annotations in the cases or statutes. While there is no editorial commentary, Versus Law does provide the full text of opinions and statutes, including footnotes.
Information is very easy to access on Versus Law. Researchers can begin by simply clicking on the search tab and then clicking on the type of information that they are looking for. Versus Law allows researchers to search through primary materials by entering terms into a search engine. Additionally, Versus Law allows researchers to search by citation.
Versus Law is a great place to start for researchers without access to Westlaw or Lexis due to cost issues. Full access to all of the databases on Versus Law costs much less than either Westlaw or Lexis. Thus, it is an excellent source for researchers on a budget.
The Making of Modern Law database contains scanned images of over 22,000 legal treatises on British and American law published between 1800 and 1922. Check out this great historical resource on the library database page.
ProQuest Congressional provides indexing (1789 to current) and selected full-text access (late 1980’s to current) to various publications of the United States Congress including bills, laws, hearings, testimony, reports, biographies, committee assignments, and voting records. It is a key online resource for compiling legislative histories. Contact the library reference desk for search assistance. A link to this resource can be found on the library database page.
The law library recently began a subscription to TradeLawGuide, a new WTO law research database. TradeLawGuide provides access to WTO agreements, instruments, jurisprudence and other documents including pre-WTO materials. The database has several unique features such as a Subject Navigator and a Terms & Phrases tool that provides quotations of terms and phrases as defined in WTO agreements, instruments and jurisprudence. TradeLawGuide also allows users to “note up” WTO law. Similar to Shepardizing, “noting up” refers to examining the judicial treatment of legislation or jurisprudence. In addition to providing access to primary WTO and pre-cursor materials, TradeLawGuide also includes attorney prepared case Commentaries which provide insights and legal assessment of recent WTO cases.
TradeLawGuide can be accessed via the law library’s A-Z database list.
Looking for international or foreign law materials? The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is now available through Hein Online from the library’s database page. IFLP indexes articles and book reviews from more than 500 legal journals, covering international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of many foreign jurisdictions. The fully searchable database (1985-present) also includes access to the full text of more than 100 journals. Earlier content (1960-1984), not yet part of the fully searchable database, is available in searchable PDF format via the “Print edition” selection button.
The user-friendly interface allows both searching and browsing (by country, subject, or publication title). And you can “search within” search results, as well as refine results by language, type of material, or date.
HeinOnline is famous for its comprehensive access to law review articles, but there are many other great databases it features. “Women and the Law (Peggy)” was recently added to HeinOnline. It may be an especially useful resource if you take a course in jurisprudence.
Notable works include:
- The 6-Volume work History of Women Suffrage (1881-1922) by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, leaders of the National Woman Suffrage Association
- The 7-Volume work Women in the World Today; International Report (1963) by Willard W. Wirtz & Esther Peterson
Here is the description HeinOnline provides: “Women and the Law (Peggy) is a collection that brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.”
Here are the topics it covers:
- Famous Women – Biography
- Feminism and Legal Theory Project
- Legal Rights & Suffrage
- Women & Education
- Women & Employment
- Women & Society
- Scholarly Articles
- Bibliography of Other Works
International law can be one of the most complex and challenging areas of legal research. The Foreign Law Guide seeks to simplify the process by providing links to both primary and secondary sources of law for over 190 countries throughout the world. The database provides links to English translations of the legal materials from each country. In addition to providing information on individual countries, the database contains bibliographical information on many international conventions and treaties. The database is easy to navigate, as users can search for legal information by country name or by searching for particular areas of law. Check it out on the library database page.
Are you looking for the most recent articles in a particular area of the law? The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) is an index of recently published legal periodicals that is maintained by the UW Law Library. The CILP index is updated on a weekly basis and it includes an archive that stretches back to 1999. CILP contains citations to articles divided by subject area and tables of contents for each periodical that is cited. Individuals with access to Westlaw or Lexis will want to click on the html version of the weekly lists as they include links to the articles in those databases. Check it out on our library database page.
The Clearinghouse Review: The Journal of Poverty Law and Policy is an excellent source for analysis of issues in Poverty Law. Clearinghouse Review is hosted on the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law web site. The web site features news on recent changes to state and federal government assistance programs and a Poverty Law Library with pleadings in trial and appellate level cases. You can access Clearinghouse Review from the law library database tab.
Often a source of intelligent commentary, journal articles can be quite useful when conducting legal research. There are two major sources for journal articles available through the Seattle University Library system: the A to Z List through the Law Library and the Full Text Electronic Journal List through the Lemieux Library.
The Law Library’s A to Z List is an excellent source for those looking for journal articles on any legal topic. The A to Z list allows access to electronic journals available through West, Lexis, Hein, and LegalTrac. The List provides three methods for accessing articles: a journal title search engine, an alphabetical browsing list, and a topical index. Journal coverage primarily focuses on legal topics, including all major law reviews, along with many relevant sources for legal news and cases. For those without Lexis or Westlaw subscriptions, remember that we have access through computers in the Law Library!
Those looking for a useful source of information on all things non-legal should be sure to examine Lemieux’s Full Text Electronic Journal List. Similar in structure to the A to Z list, the Full Text List provides access to journals through a title search engine, an alphabetical list for browsing, and a topical index. The Full Text list includes refereed academic journals on all major subject areas ranging from the arts and humanities to the natural and social sciences. Coverage is quite comprehensive as all of the published issues of many journals are available through the list.
Combined, these two sources should help to meet all of your legal and non-legal journal research needs!