Law Databases

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Law360 - publishes breaking news and analysis with a focus on major litigation across more than 35 practice areas. Users can set up email alerts by clicking in the upper right hand corner where it says, "University of Chicago Law S..." 


LexisNexis for Law Students

LexisNexis Academic for all U of C



LLMC Digital

Loislaw Connect - includes state and federal primary law, as well as a number of treatises and other legal practice materials.

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926 (Gale/Cengage Learning)

The Making of Modern Law: Supreme Court Briefs & Records, 1832-1978 (Gale/Cengage Learning)

Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926 (Gale/Cengage Learning)

Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926 (Gale/Cengage Learning)

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents.

Bloomberg Law [Access to Bloomberg Law requires an individual login, Law School students may request an account online at the Bloomberg Law website.] [Students can also use the Bloomberg terminal in the Reading Room.]

Fastcase - includes federal and state cases (including tax, claims, and bankruptcy courts), statutes, and regulations. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms, and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings through their content partners.

FindLaw [free]

LexisOne [free with registration]

Practical Law Company -  transactional law resource that provides model documents (with legal drafting and negotiating tips), step-by-step checklists, timelines, handy overviews of transactional practice areas, and legal updates on the latest market developments. PLC focuses on corporate, securities, and finance law. Available via WestlawNext.

Practising Law Institute (PLI) Discover Plus - collection of e-books and other publications on a variety of legal topics written by general practitioners.

PACER - Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and from the U.S. Party/Case Index. For Law School users, PACER is searchable via Bloomberg Law. If you have other questions about searching PACER, please contact a reference librarian


Supreme Court Insider - news and analysis about the U.S. Supreme Court, from the National Law Journal.



U.S. Topical


ALM Legal Intelligence - includes access to full-text American Lawyer Media (ALM) Survey & Ranking reports, the ability to search law firm data, and access to ready-made Law Firm Reports for 300+ world wide firms.


American Law Institute Library (via HeinOnline)


Bloomberg BNA [see webpage for full list of available topical legal newsletters]

CCH IntelliConnect - locate primary sources and explanations for antitrust, corporate and securities, intellectual property, and tax law

CCH Business and Finance Internet Research Network - search CCH business publications such as the Federal Securities Law Reporter, the Trade Regulation Reporter, and many other looseleaf services, treatises, guides and newsletters on Banking, Securities, Government Contracts, and other business-related topics. Access via CCH IntelliConnect.

CCH Tax Research Network - search CCH tax publications, including the Standard Federal Tax Reporter, U.S. Tax Treaties Reporter, and tax materials for all 50 states. Includes full text of all primary sources, plus CCH's own commentary and analysis. Coverage: 1978 – present. Access via CCH IntelliConnect.

Daily Whale - news information service covering local government in the Chicago area. To sign up to receive daily emails, Ask a Law Librarian.

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) - access to E&E's four daily online publications (ClimateWire, E&E Daily, Greenwire, and E&ENews PM) providing news and analysis on energy, environmental, and climate policy.

Environmental Law Reporter - an environmental, natural resources, toxic tort, energy, health/safety, and land use law research tool containing original source documents, editorial summaries, and expert analysis on state, federal, and international issues.

HeinOnline: Women and the Law

IICLE SmartBooks - practice materials written for Illinois attorneys, including topical guides, materials from CLE courses, and current awareness newsletters.

Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology - Oxford Handbooks in Criminology bring together the world's leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking in a range of major topics in criminology. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students.

Oxford Handbooks Online in Law - Oxford Handbooks in Law bring together the world's leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking in a range of major topics in law. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students.

Pike & Fischer Internet Law & Regulation (now Bloomberg BNA's Internet Law Resource Center)

RIA Checkpoint - U.S. tax law resource
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TRACFED - federal criminal statistics; includes subscription to Judge Info Center [TRACFED is available only to law students and faculty, and only at Ethernet connections in the Law School.]

United States Law Week

Foreign and International


Access UN - Index to United Nations official records, resolutions, publications, treaties, and other documents from 1945 to the present.

Armed Conflict Database (includes refugee information).

ChinaLawInfo (Chinese law database - Chinese-language interface version; see also LawInfoChina - English-language interface).

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) - database of international relations books, conference proceedings, working papers, and journal articles.

Competition Policy International ("the global resource for antitrust and competition policy"; includes the CPI JournalAntitrust Chronicle, and Hot Tub).

Constitute: The World's Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare.

Constitutions of the Countries of the World - full text of foreign constitutions in English, English translation, with constitutional chronology, and bibliographies. Continued by Oxford Constitutions of the World. See also Historical Constitutions.

Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories - full text of foreign constitutions in English, English translation, with chronologies, and bibliographies. Continued by Oxford Constitutions of the World. See also Historical Constitutions.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (includes the Statutes at Large and law books).

Early European Books (printed sources to 1700).

English Reports, Full Reprint (1220-1867) (via HeinOnline).

FBIS Index 1975-1996 - Foreign Broadcast Information Service Electronic Index:  "An index to the FBIS Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government covering political, economic, scientific, and
cultural issues and events throughout the world.  Translations of broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world are the sources of this information."

Foreign Law Guide - Reynolds & Flores' guide to legal systems and sources of major codes, court cases, and other primary and secondary law for jurisdictions of the world (including information on English translations, law by subject,  and links to websites).

Getting the Deal Through - "provides international comparative guides to law and regulation in 46 practice areas and more than 100 jurisdictions, with concise explanations to the most important legal and regulatory matters that arise in deals and disputes worldwide," including antitrust regulation and intellectual property. Also available through Bloomberg Law (under the "Legal Analysis & News" tab --> "Books & Treatises").

Global Health and Human Rights Database - "fully searchable online database of more than 1000 judgments, constitutions and international instruments on the intersection between health and human rights." Produced by the Lawyers Collective and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.

HeinOnline Law Journal Library:  International and Non-U.S. Law Journals.

HeinOnline:  English Reports

HeinOnline:  European Center for Minority Issues.

HeinOnline:  Foreign & International Law Resources Database (FILRD) - includes international law yearbooks and periodicals, digests of U.S. practice in international law (Wharton, Moore, Hackworth, Whiteman),  Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ) decisions, and Moore's History and Digest of the International Arbitrations to which the United States Has Been a Party

HeinOnline:  Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS).

HeinOnline:  Hague Academy Collected Courses Online / Recueil des cours en ligne

HeinOnline:  Harvard Research in International Law Collection

HeinOnline:  History of International Law.

HeinOnline:  Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.

HeinOnline:  Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP)

HeinOnline:  Israel Law Reports (and Israel Law Review).

HeinOnline:  Kluwer Law International Journal Library.

HeinOnline:  Legal Classics (includes the Classics of International Law series).

HeinOnline:  Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications - includes more than 50 publications from the prestigious Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law at Columbia Law School, such as the 22-volume set Charles Szladits's Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law and An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States by Allan Farnsworth.

HeinOnline:  Philip C. Jessup Library (International Law Moot Court).

HeinOnline:  Revised Statutes of Canada

HeinOnline:  Scottish Legal History (Stair Society).

HeinOnline:  Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law.

HeinOnline:  Session Laws Library (Australia, Bahamas, Canada).

HeinOnline:  Statutes of the Realm

HeinOnline:  Treaties and Agreements Library - United States treaties and other international agreements as published in U.S.T., T.I.A.S., Bevans, I.L.M., and related commentary, and other secondary resources.

HeinOnline:  U.S. International Trade Library

HeinOnline:  United Nations Law Collection - includes PDF and GET BY CITE of the United Nations Treaty Series (U.N.T.S.), League of Nations Treaty Series (L.N.T.S.), Reports of  International Arbitral Awards (R.I.A.A.), ICJ Reports, International Law Commission (ILC) and UNCITRAL yearbooks, reports of proceedings of UN law conferences, and other UN law publications.

HeinOnline:  World Constitutions Illustrated -  WCI is a growing collection of current and historical constitutions for countries of the world in the vernacular and in English translation and in PDF format. The database also includes constitutional-related documents, journal articles, periodicals, and major treatises. It is intended to be a central resource for the complete constitutional history of every country.

HeinOnline: World Treaty Library - Covering 1648 to the present, the World Treaty Library provides full-text searching across PDFs of the major treaty sources, including United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (U.S.T.), Martens' Nouveau recueil général de traités, United Nations Treaty Series (U.N.T.S.), and League of Nations Treaty Series (L.N.T.S.), as well as other related treaty publications, a bibliography, and law review articles.

HeinOnline:  World Trials Library - Includes American State Trials, Thomas Howell's State Trials, trials of major war criminals, Nuremberg war crimes trials, Famous Cases, Sacco and Vanzetti, Leopold and Loeb, Causes Celebres, remarkable trials of all countries.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP)

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Database - produced by the editors and staff of the IACHR Project; allows users to search Inter-American Court decisions by case name, country, and topic.

International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL) (via Kluwer Law International, Kluwer Law Online)(encyclopedia sets on 25 subject areas of foreign and international law:Civil Procedure, Commercial and Economic Law, Competition Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations and Partnerships, Criminal Law, Cyber Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Family and Succession Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, Intergovernmental Organisations, Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Media Law, Medical Law, Migration Law, Private International Law, Property and Trust Law, Religion, Social Security Law, Sports Law, Tort Law, Transport Law

International Trade Reporter (BNA)

iSinoLaw - now WestlawChina

JustCite - Justis citator for UK Statutes and International Law Reports (I.L.R.).

Justis:  International Law Reports (ILR includes English translations of decisions of international tribunals and national courts concerning public international law topics).

Justis:  UK Statutes - includes every Act of Parliament from the 13th century to the present, with PDF images and noter-up.  Some similar content in Statutes of the Realm via HeinOnline and Statutes at Large via ECCO.

Kluwer Arbitration - international commercial arbitration database including major international arbitration journals, treaties, rules and decisions of arbitral tribunals, treatises, and other commentary.

Kluwer Law International Journal Library (via HeinOnline) - 12 e-journals including pre-2003 Common Market Law Review issues, Journal of International Arbitration, Journal of World Trade, and World Competition from the first volume to the last 4-5 years.

LawInfoChina - English-language interface version, Chinese law database; see also ChinaLawInfo, Chinese-language interface version.

LexisNexis for Law Students - includes case-law for Australia, Canada, China (via the LNCHNL file), Commonwealth, England & Wales, Hong Kong, India (not updated), Ireland, Israel (Supreme Court), Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore (but this may have been removed), South Africa (constitutional and tax cases), United Kingdom; U.S. treaties; International Legal Materials (ILM); EU law treatises, ECJ cases, EU treaties, regulations, directives; ICJ decisions; ECHR judgments and decisions;  international arbitration and internaitonal trade materials; Doing Business .../Business Transactions in...(Matthew Bender treatises).; Hungarian Rules of Law in Force (1990-2002); Economic Law of the Russian Federation (Garant); BNA Tax Management Foreign Income Portfolios; Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digests.; non-English news.

Lexis UK Library - Full text database of UK case law, legislation, and commentary, including Halsbury's Laws, legal treatises, handbooks, and law journals. Lexis Library also has cases from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and from the Commonwealth Law Reports.

LLMC Digital - covers selected foreign jurisdictions.

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926 (Gale/Cengage Learning)(includes historical UK law treatises).

Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law (Gale/Cengage Learning).

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources: 1600-1970 (Gale/Cengage Learning) - World civil law collection includes historical regulations, session laws, journals, codes and commentaries of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and other African, Asian, European, and Latin American jurisdictions. Analogous materials from canon law and Roman law are also included.

Manupatra - Indian law database.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online (MPEPIL/EPIL).

OECDiLibrary (was SourceOECD).

Oxford Bibliographies Online - International Law is a research resource comprising encyclopedia-type articles and annotated bibliographies on international law topics compiled by experts in the field. The bibliographies are "recommendations on the best works...whether it be a chapter, a book, a journal article, a website, an archive, or data set."

Oxford Constitutions of the World - contains fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual commentaries, supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical constitutions, and amendment Acts/laws.

Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology - Oxford Handbooks in Criminology bring together the world's leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking in a range of major topics in criminology. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students.

Oxford Handbooks Online in Law - Oxford Handbooks in Law bring together the world's leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking in a range of major topics in law. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students.

Oxford Investment Claims - Investment Claims aims to publish all publicly available awards and decisions arising out of international investment arbitrations and related enforcement or review decisions from national courts. The collection includes over 300 arbitral awards, decisions, and determinations under the auspices of bodies such as the ICC International Court of Arbitration, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and others.

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL). ORIL is a current awareness service for alerts about new international law cases, with full texts of case-law, English translations, and expert analyses. We subscribe to the following modules: 1) Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC); 2) Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law; 3) Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law; 4) Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction; 5) Oxford Reports on International Investment Claims.

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law contains "full-text online editions of market-leading reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press. Books such as Oppenheim, Satow's Diplomatic Practice, the Oxford Handbooks in international law, and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law are made available online for the first time, fully searchable and linked by the Oxford Law Citator." 

Parry & Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3d ed, 2009; eBook).

Practising Law Institute (PLI) Discover Plus - collection of e-books and other publications on a variety of legal topics written by general practitioners. Includes international law content.

Recueil des cours = Collected Courses (Hague Academy of International Law) - the Hague Academy Collected Courses Online (Martinus Nijhoff) - books, book chapters, mini-monographs on public international law topics.

SourceOECD (see OECD iLibrary)- includes economic surveys, labor and population statistics,  member-country competition policy information, and the OECD Journal of Competition Law and Policy.

TradeLawGuide:  Innovative Tools for Researching WTO Law (World Trade Organization; international trade/economic law; dispute settlement).

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) - TDM focuses on recent developments in the area of arbitration and dispute management

UN Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) (includes full runs of the UN Yearbook, Reports of International Arbitral Awards (R.I.A.A.), historic archives, video lecture series, bibliographies).

UN Official Document System (ODS) -  United Nations reports, sessional GA, ECOSOC, SC, and Trusteeship Council documents mostly from 1993 to the present, but also including all UN resolutions and Security Council documents back to 1946.

UN Treaty Collection -  includes the United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS), the League of Nations Treaty Series (LNTS), Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (index, status of treaties, declarations, reservations), and other treaty-related publications.

vLex - global foreign law database which contains cases, statutes, and other legal materials in 13 languages for 134 countries. It is strongest for the law of the following countries: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Italy, the UK, Belgium, France, and the U.S..

Wangfang Data: Policies and Laws of China (PLOC) (database via Chinese Studies)

Westlaw - includes case-law for Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and the UK; U.S. treaties, International Legal Materials (ILM), international commercial arbitration databases, investor-state materials, ICJ, ICTR, ICTY, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, WTO, GATT decisions; European Union legislation, treaties, cases, journals (European Competition Law Review, Common Market Law Reports); International Organization (INOG), Foreign Affairs (FORGNAFF), Foreign Policy (FORGNPLY), Global Governance (GLBLGOVERN).

Westlaw also has the Legal Journals Index (LJI), UK Journals and Law Reviews (UK-JLR), Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL), CANADA-JLR, Texts & Periodicals - Canada (TP-CANADA), WORLD-JLR, International Law Texts & Periodicals (INT-TP).

WestlawNext  --->  All Content ---> International Materials (Australia, Canada, UK, EU, and including law journals).

WestlawChina (formerly iSinolaw) - includes international treaties to which China is a party, court cases/judgments, legislative and judicial interpretations, statutes, constitutional and national laws, regulations, rules, administrative regulations, central policy documents, and arbitral awards of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Chinese and in English translation. WestlawChina also includes legal news in English. It contains an introduction to the legal system and court system of China, documents on China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), sample contracts, and a glossary of English-Chinese legal terms. It is searchable in English and Chinese.

WorldTradeLaw.net -  World Trade Organization (WTO) law database, including statistical information.

Law Reviews




Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Current Index to Legal Periodicals

JSTOR Law Journals

EBSCO Academic Search Complete

Congress and Legislative History


CQ Electronic Library

CQ Weekly

United States Law Week

ProQuest Congressional

National Journal

Thomas - being replaced by Congress.gov

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