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.
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.
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.
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!
Ravel Law, a new legal research, analytics and visualization platform is available to the law school through December as part of a database trial. This new legal research platform spun out of Stanford University’s Law School, Computer Science Department, and d.school, with the support of CodeX (Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics). Check it out and let us know what you think. You must be on campus to get access to all the available tools including judge analytics. Contact a reference librarian for assistance.
Have you ever wondered where to find a comparison of state laws governing the proceeds from the sales of all those lottery tickets you buy hoping to pay off your student loans? Or how various states’ laws on the use of cell phones while driving compare? If so, Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws (LAW-Reserve KF1.N93) is the place to start.
Subject Compilations is an annual bibliography that is divided into legal topics as diverse as lotteries, traffic, taxation and hundreds more. This resource provides citations to legal publications (including law review articles, books, court briefs and opinions, federal and state government publications, loose-leaf services and websites) where multi-state information can be found.
In addition to the bound volumes of this set, the law library has a comprehensive searchable database of the entire set available through Hein Online. This database contains references to 50-state surveys and allows you to link directly to journals found within Hein Online or the Web. The Subject Compilations database is searchable across a number of fields, including subject, journal title, title, creator/author, added authors, court, or entry number (entry numbers are used in cross references and in the author and publisher indexes). It can be accessed on the library’s subscription database listings, under Hein Online.
Still looking? Westlaw and LexisNexis also offer fifty state survey products. Additionally, the book, National Survey of State Laws. (LAW-Reserve KF386.N38) provides detailed charts of state legislation on popular topics. The charts make it easy to compare state approaches. For assistance, please contact the reference desk at x4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Congressional Digital Research Collection is a database that includes comprehensive coverage of Congressional Research Service reports from 2004 to present. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a legislative branch agency that conducts policy research for members of Congress. Reports are prepared by nationally recognized experts on a wide variety of topics. The LexisNexis Congressional Digital Research Collection is available on the law library database page.