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: 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.


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.


Featured Database: Casemaker

WSBA has graciously provided Seattle University law students, faculty and staff access to a database called Casemaker, an online research tool available free to WSBA members.  Casemaker provides access to federal and selected state primary legal materials, including Washington State. The database is restricted to academic research only.  You can access Casemaker from our Databases page.   The login and password are obtainable from the reference librarians.


Google Scholar for Finding Articles

2700875131_debb446c81_nWhen you are searching for articles, especially in non-law fields, the standard research path has you pick the most appropriate database and search that content. But if you’re not sure which database to choose, Google Scholar can be a useful first choice since it includes information from a number of different academic databases. The only catch may be getting to the actual content. If you find a reference on Google Scholar, but you are unable to link directly to the text of the article, open the Library catalog and run a title search for the name of the journal (not the article, but the journal).  For non-law materials, make sure you run your search in the Lemieux library portion of the catalog.  Your results should link you to an online source for the journal, and from there you can locate the individual article. If you need help, you can always ask a reference librarian.


Featured Database: ProQuest Statistical Insight

Need to find data on voter turnout, bankruptcies, product recalls, interest rates or other topics? ProQuest Statistical Insight may be able to help.  Statistical Insight is an online collection of individually indexed statistical tables, drawn from statistical compilations issued by the federal government, regulatory agencies, state governments and intergovernmental organizations as well as private sector and non-profit sources.  Check out this database on our Databases page.


Featured Database: Bloomberg Law – A New Tool for Federal Docket Research

While dockets are becoming easier to look at on WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, actually pulling up pleadings can still be a problem.  If you’ve ever wished that we had access to PACER (the federal courts clearing house of court filings) you are now in luck. Bloomberg Law is a new database available to SU law students and faculty and it is an excellent tool for finding federal court dockets and pleadings.  In addition to searching individual dockets, the Bloomberg Law interface also allows for keyword searching across dockets, something that is not possible on the PACER database.  One caveat, when you are looking at a docket you will see hyperlinked document numbers next to each pleading/motion.  If the number is blue you can pull the document up directly.  If the number is green, the document will be sent directly to your e-mail address.



Need Drafting Guidance?

Bloomberg Law has a wealth of transactional resources, including a number of drafting tools and guides. Sign up for a password using your .edu email, and you’ll gain access to all of the tools Bloomberg provides. Click on the tab for Transactional Resources to find a searchable database of over 200,000 publicly available agreements, browse the annotated checklists and timelines, or use the numerous transactional law treatises.


Featured Database: LegalTrac

Looking for a bar journal article that was published in 1985? There is a good chance that LegalTrac will be able to provide the information. There are over 1.6 million articles in the LegalTrac database. LegalTrac covers 1,400 legal periodicals and law-related topics in over 1,000 business and general interest periodicals. Coverage in LegalTrac begins in 1980 and it extends to the present. The database is an excellent source for current information, as it is updated on a monthly basis. All LegalTrac entries include bibliographical information. Additionally, LegalTrac provides abstracts, full text coverage, and images for some articles.

Interested researchers can access LegalTrac through the SU Law Library website. Information contained in the database can be accessed in a variety of ways. First, there is a traditional search engine, which allows researchers to search phrases by subject, keyword, or in the full text of documents. Next, researchers can search LegalTrac by browsing through different subjects. Finally, researchers can access InfoTrac by browsing through different publication types. The browse by publication tab includes a feature that allows the researcher to sort through different publications by target audience, publication format, and country of publication and language of publication.

LegalTrac is an excellent source of information for researchers looking for articles in both legal periodicals and periodicals on other topics. Using LegalTrac allows the researcher to trace the treatment of a particular topic in both legal and general interest periodicals.