These are recommended databases to get you started in legal research (non non-lawyers.)
Last Updated: Jul 1, 2013
- LexisNexis Academic
Includes the full text of federal and state case law, codes, and regulations, as well as Shepard’s Citations service for case law and the legal encyclopedia American Jurisprudence 2d. Selected international case law and legislation is also available.
Provides historical PDF collections of primary legal materials (including the U.S. Code and federal and state session laws; Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, presidential publications, and executive agency decisions and publications; court opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court, Canada, and the U.K.; world constitutions, and international treaties). Secondary legal materials include law reviews, bar association journals, classic legal treatises, and the ALI Restatements of the Law series.
Index and selected full text from more than 3,000 legal periodicals and related journals, with coverage from 1980-present.
- Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Indexes articles from more than 450 legal periodicals published worldwide, including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports.
- ProQuest Congressional
Access to key federal legislative history materials, including the U.S. Serial Set and the CIS Index. Selected full text includes committee reports from 1995-present and committee hearings from 1824-present.
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994
Provides the full text of all the reports, documents and journals by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in PDF, from 1817-1994.
- The Making of Modern Law
Searchable full-text collections of American and British legal materials, including historical treatises, trial transcripts, primary sources of law, and U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs.
- Nolo Legal Information Center
Provides the full text for many legal reference titles by Nolo Press, a major publisher of legal information for consumers.
- Legal Databases & Links
Additional law-related electronic resources, recommended by the Goodson Law Library and organized by category.