Ravel Law

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.

Featured Database: The Making of Modern Law

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.

Featured Database: Subject Compilation of State Laws – Fifty State Surveys

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 lawreference@seattleu.edu.

Featured Database: ProQuest Congressional Digital Research Collection

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.

Featured Database: National Moot Court Competition Library

Hein Online provides digital access to the winning records and briefs from the 1st– 65th annual National Moot Court Competitions.  Documents can be searched from 1950-2015 to find on point discussions from the briefs and records written by the winning teams.  Check out Hein Online on the law library database page.

Featured Database: CALI Lessons

As you are starting your new classes, we’d like to remind you about CALI lessons.  If you are unfamiliar, CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials on a wide range of legal subject areas.  Lessons are completely free for our law students. They are useful for mastering material during the semester and for exam preparation.

When registering a new CALI account, you must use our school’s authorization code to create the account. You can get the authorization code at the Reference Desk. You only need to use this authorization code once. After that, you will use the email and password you created when you signed up.  CDs with the lessons are also available at the Reference Desk.

Featured Database: LLMC Digital

Are you looking for images of historical documents from national and state archives? The LLMC Digital database presently has scanned images of historical legal materials, including cases, statutes, reports, treatises, and dictionaries.  Check out this database on our Databases page.

Featured Database: Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The Seattle University Law Library subscribes to the online edition of The Encyclopedia of Public International Law (EPIL). Published by the Oxford University Press in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, it is the only comprehensive encyclopedia on the subject in the English language.  As with all encyclopedias, the EPIL can be used to verify facts, provide in-depth background information, or, as a source of references to other works on the same subject.  The online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law easily meets and exceeds these goals through its authoritative analysis, abundant cross references, article bibliographies and links to the primary sources cited in the essay.

Whether you need to understand an international legal concept or theory or have a specific question about the importance of a particular case or the context of an event, the Encyclopedia of Public International Law online will prove to be an invaluable first stop for your international law research.

Featured Database: Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

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.

Clearinghouse Review

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.  Check out Clearinghouse Review on the law library database list.