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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

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 Westlaw.

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


Law.com - features news on Class Actions, Product Liability, Corporate and Securities, Appellate Practice, Intellectual Property, and Labor & Employment law, plus all the news from the American Lawyer, the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Recorder, and other legal newspapers and magazines from American Lawyer Media.


Ravel Law - "a new legal search, analytics, and visualization platform. Ravel enables lawyers to find, contextualize, and interpret information that turns legal data into legal insights. Ravel's array of powerful tools – which include data-driven, interactive visualizations and analytics – transforms how lawyers understand the law and prepare for litigation." Law School students can sign up for free educational access at: https://www.ravellaw.com/academics.


U.S. Topical


AILAlink - immigration law resource, allows users to simultaneously search more than 100 AILA publications, the Immigration & Nationality Act, the immigration sections of the Code of Federal Regulations, and several government resources such as the Foreign Affairs Manual. Statutes and regulations are updated regularly.


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.

Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive - More than 1.7 million data points.  Unique Domestic Conflict Event Data for every country include: Assassinations General Strikes Guerrilla Warfare Major Government Crises Purges Riots Revolutions Anti-government Demonstrations/

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

Encyclopedia of Law and Religion Online

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.

Gallup Analytics - Access Gallup data from countries that are home to more than 98% of the world's population through a state-of-the-art Web-based portal. Gallup Analytics puts Gallup's best global intelligence in users' hands to help them better understand the strengths and challenges of the world's countries and regions. Users can access Gallup's U.S. Daily tracking and World Poll data to compare residents' responses region by region and nation by nation to questions on topics such as economic conditions, government and business, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and education. Limited to 1 user at a time. Please log out when finished.

HeinOnline: National Survey of State Laws

HeinOnline: Religion and the Law

HeinOnline: Women and the Law

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

National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) Digital Library -  NCLC is a non-profit that since 1969 has been dedicated to helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice. The NCLC Digital Library consists of 20 consumer law treatises, thousands of sample pleadings, practice aids, and primary sources. Each treatise is regularly updated and the online versions are capable of adding new developments almost immediately.

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 U.S. Constitutional Law - reference resource to help researchers understand the legal and political history of American constitutionalism. This collection contains an archive of both primary source materials and expert commentary that spans the colonial era and founding through the modern day.

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).

Arbitration Law - includes arbitration law journal articles, ebooks, treatises, handbooks, yearbooks, and practice guides, as well as reports of arbitral awards and court decisions, arbitration rules, laws, and treaties. Provides access the full text online to the World Arbitration Reporter, the Encyclopedia of International Arbitration Law and Practice, titles in the ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association) and IAI (International Arbitration Institute) book series, and AAA/ICDR (American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution) handbooks and yearbooks.

Chatham House Online Archive - provides a searchable, browsable research environment that enables users to explore approximately half a million pages and over ninety years of research, expert analysis, and commentary published in briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers and books. Users also have access to the full text of Chatham House's two flagship publications: the leading academic journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today. Additionally, the archive offers unique access to thousands of hours of audio recordings of Chatham House lectures and their fully searchable transcripts.

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.

GlobaLex - a free online legal publication comprising research guides, tools, and articles on foreign, comparative, and international law topics written by scholars, lawyers, and law librarians well known in their respective fields. GlobaLex has foreign legal research guides for over 100 countries, over 50 international legal research topics from the African Union to Human Trafficking to International Treaties to the United Nations, and guides to researching foreign law generally, African law, comparative family law, religious legal systems, and the law of Latin American countries. GlobaLex is published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of 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: Law in Eastern Europe - This collection of books, published by Brill, has been digitized for the first time and made available via HeinOnline. This series of more than 60 titles showcases the development, enactment, and impact of the rule of law in Eastern Europe.

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.

Human Rights Studies - a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than thirty additional subjects.

IFAR Art Law & Cultural Property Database - Produced by the International Foundation of Art Research (IFAR), this database utilizes two resources: the International Cultural Property Ownership and Export Legislation (ICPOEL) and Case Law and Statutes (CLS). Primarily focuses on legal and ethical issues concerning acquisition, ownership, attribution, and authenticity of artworks. ALCP has three components: summaries of case law, international legislation, and contact information of government officials, as well as a glossary of key terms, full text of US statutes mentioned in cases, images of works, and links between sections. The case law summaries include a brief summary of the case, facts, procedural history, outcome, jurisdiction, legal citations, statutes, and legal claims. Unique to this database, the case law includes out-of-court settlements that cannot be obtained using other platforms. The international legislation available includes a brief summary, the complete documents in the original language, and generally an unofficial English translation, and some historical legislation as well. Government contact information is updated annually.

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)

Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter) - a news & analysis service tracking international arbitrations between foreign investors and sovereign governments. IAReporter helps a broad range of readers - including lawyers, academics and government officials - stay abreast of the latest legal developments and policy trends in investment treaty arbitration.

Investor-State Law Guide (ISLG) - a research tool in the area of investment treaty arbitration. ISLG contains rules, conventions, bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements (including NAFTA), and arbitration decisions, all of which are cross-referenced. 

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).

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

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

ProQuest Legislative Insight - Extensive compilation of legislative histories of U.S. public laws enacted from 1929-present used to discover the legislative intent behind a specific law. Histories include the full text of the public law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, prints, presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and other miscellaneous congressional publications. All documents are full-text, searchable PDFs.

National Journal

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