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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.