Legal Databases

These databases are especially helpful for legal research. The UCI Libraries also provide an extensive collection of online resources for other types of research.

lock Academic Search Complete
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Scholarly and news articles on a variety of topics.

lock AILALink
Restricted to UCI Law. Limited concurrent users.
Books and newsletters from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Also related primary materials such as essential statutes and regulations, government manuals, and agency memos and letters. Includes the popular Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook.

lock ALM Legal Intelligence
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Law firm reports providing in-depth detailed business and financial information on individual firms, in addition to surveys, lists, and rankings from ALM Media publications such as The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and The National Law Journal. Includes the Summer Associate Survey.

lock American Lawyer
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Articles about the practice of law. Full-color PDF. Coverage begins in 2007.

lock Bloomberg Law
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Primary and secondary legal sources. Popular resources include BNA news and dockets from federal and state courts.

lock BNA
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Secondary legal sources, with popular titles in, e.g., Corporate, Labor, Environmental, Health, IP, and Tax. Note that BNA content is also available in Bloomberg Law - Bloomberg acquired BNA in 2011.

lock CCH Intelliconnect
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Over 50 treatises and practice guides covering antitrust, Internet, IP, and tax.

lock CEB OnLaw
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California legal commentary and analysis. Citations are linked to the primary law. Includes attorney-drafted forms with explanations and directions.

lock Checkpoint
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Contents of over 90 titles covering tax and corporate tax issues.

lock CQ Press
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  • CQ Almanac and Congress and the Nation. HTML versions back to the 40s of both publications. Plain-language summaries and analysis of politics, legislation, budgets, etc. CQ Almanacis published annually; Congress and the Nation is published every few years.
  • CQ Researcher, CQ Global Researcher, and CQ Weekly. Articles cover current and controversial policy issues, including legislation.
  • Supreme Court Collection. Analysis and commentary of Supreme Court decisions, biographies of Supreme Court justices, and history of the Court and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Voting and Elections Collection. Data, analyses, explanations, and historical material on voting and elections in America. Chronological coverage varies by office. Presidential coverage begins 1789. Election data can be downloaded.

lock CQ.com
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Includes CQ News, CQ Weekly content, CQ Schedules, CQ Morning Briefing, Roll Call, and email alerts. DC-based news focusing on Congress, politics, and legislation. (Roll Call and CQ merged in 2009.)

lock Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)
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Updates Index to Legal Periodicals in the four-to-eight week gap between journal publication and ILP updates.

lock CVN Law School
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Access audio opinions of precedential judicial opinions. Users can browse through and download audio files by 1L, 2L and 3L subjects, casebooks, and most popular cases. Also access trial videos by case name, practice area or jurisdiction, including real courtoom video clips highlighting trial techniques with analysis.

lock Dissertations and Theses - ProQuest
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Abstracts and full text of doctoral dissertations and masters' theses. Mostly North America, but foreign coverage is expanding. Coverage generally begins 1997. Also suggest checking: Open Access Theses and Dissertations at oatd.org.

lock E&E News - ClimateWire, GreenWire, etc.
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Practitioner-focused information about environmental legal issues.

lock Eighteenth Century Collections Online
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Aims to include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera. Subject categories include law, as well as history and geography; fine arts and social sciences; medicine, science, and technology; and others.

lock Environmental Law Reporter
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Online version of the monthly News and Analysis, updates, and links to statutes and regulations. From the Environmental Law Institute.

lock Factiva
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Full text coverage of local and regional newspapers, trade publications, business newswires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, business-rich Web sites, investment analyst reports, market research reports, country and regional profiles, company profiles, historical market data.

lock Foreign law Guide
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Links to current sources of codes and basic legislation in jurisdictions all over the world. Also provides background information on the history and legal system of the countries of the world, and discusses primary sources for each country.

lock HeinOnline
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Search full-text, scanned images. Collections include: Law Journals, Bar Journals, the Federal Register, U.S. Session laws, Treaties and Agreements, U.S. Supreme Court documents, U.S. Attorney General opinions, and Legal Classics. Coverage: for journals, first issue through latest issue licensed (for many journals, this is the latest issue.)

lock Indexmaster
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Index and tables of contents for more than 10,000 legal titles from over 90 publishers.

lock Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
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Multilingual index to articles and book reviews published worldwide. Also analyzed are the contents of legal essays, festschrifts, melanges, and congress reports. Covers international (public and private), comparative, and municipal law of countries other than the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia

lock Index to Legal Periodicals & Books
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Citations to articles from over 600 legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association organs, law reviews, and government publications originating in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Includes book reviews. Coverage: indexing since 1981; abstracts since 1990; select full text since 1995.

lock Index to Legal Periodicals & Books - Retrospective
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Abstracts and indexes for older articles in ILP publications, including indexing back to the early 1900s for some journals. Full-text is not available. But click-through access to individual articles in HeinOnline, Proquest, and other resources is sometimes available.

lock International Encyclopaedias of Law from Wolters Kluwer
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Country-by-country summaries of foundational legal topics including Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Labor, Migration and other topics.

lock JSTOR
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Archive of PDF articles in arts, humanities, social sciences, and science.

lock Justis
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English reports (1220-1873), State trials (1163-1858), Aspinall's reports of Maritime Cases (1970-1940), UK statutes (1235-present) and UK statutory instruments (1949-present); International law reports (19-).

lock LawTrio
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Lists information about hundreds of secondary sources. (Describes resources, but does not provide click-through access to them.)

lock Leadership Library
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Electronic versions of Leadership directory yellow books. Includes Judicial Yellow Book and Law Firms Yellow Book.

lock LegalTrac
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Indexes over 850 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles. Coverage: Indexing since 1980; full text of over 250 journals, some as early as 1980.

lock LexisNexis Academic
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Campus-wide access to newspapers, journals, company financial information, industry and market news, federal and state case law, law reviews, medical news and abstracts, and state and country profiles.

lock LLMC
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Scanned images of early primary law documents, including some foreign jurisdictions.

lock Making of Modern Law - Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970
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Includes regulations, session laws, journals, codes and commentaries of northern, central, and eastern European jurisdictions (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Nethelands, Sweden, Switzerland) with 50% of the collection in English. Sourced from the collections of the Yale, Harvard, and George Washington University Law Libraries.

lock Making of Modern Law - Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926
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Includes monographs on the laws of foreign jurisdictions. Primarily 19th and early 20th century; also several hundred classics in European international law since the 17th century.

lock Making of Modern Law - Primary Sources
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Includes early U.S. state codes, city charters, constitutional conventions and compilations ... legal dictionaries, and published records of the American Colonies. Covers 1620 - 1970.

lock Making of Modern Law - Treatises, 1800-1926
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Scanned legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching. Includes casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches, etc.

lock Making of Modern Law - Trials, 1600-1926
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Published trial transcripts, newspaper articles, briefs, arguments, and other trial documents.

lock Making of Modern Law - US Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
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Records from over 15,000 Supreme Court cases, most without a full opinion.

lock Oxford Constitutions of the World
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Regularly updated, fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), with individual commentaries and supplementary materials, including foundation documents.

lock Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights
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Five-volume set on of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Over 300 entries signed by leading scholars and human rights experts. Covers: major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, human rights norms, etc.

lock Oxford Handbooks Online - Law
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Authoritative surveys of original research. Many focus on international legal issues. In print, these are one-volume titles, authored by "leading figures in the discipline." Scholarly focus. (Many of these are at the Law Library in print; check the catalog for specific titles.)

lock Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History
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Approximately 1,000 articles explore the traditions of Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Roman Law, Medieval Roman Law, Chinese Law, English Common Law, Islamic Law, United States Law, and the laws of such other regions as Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Major categories of law explained in detail include private law (contract, tort, civil procedure), public law (statutory, criminal, etc.), and higher or constitutional law.

lock Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace
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Surveys historical, political, theoretical and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Covers: major figures, major events, organizations, theories, etc. Each entry is signed by a leading scholar in the field, contains a bibliography for further reading, and is cross-referenced.

lock Oxford Public International Law
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  • Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Updated version of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2003. Over 1600 articles on international legal issues, with extensive links to related information.
  • Oxford Reports on International Law. Covers international law jurisprudence. Reported decisions have a headnote, the full text of the decision, and links to the Oxford Law Citator.
  • Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law. Full text of reference works and treatises on international law (like Oppenheim, Oxford Handbooks, and Oxford Commentaries on International Law) as well as links to the Oxford Law Citator.

lock Oxford Scholarship Online, Law
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Full text of over 300 books. Titles cover legal history, as well as European, international, criminal, and labor law.

lock PAIS International
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References to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed. PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. In addition to English, some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

lock Parry & Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law
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Over 2,500 entries with references for further research including cases, treaties, journal articles, and websites.

lock ProQuest Congressional
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Extensive collection of federal legislative history documents, including bills, hearing testimony, congressional records, and CRS reports.

lock ProQuest Digital Microfilm
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Full-page scans of recent issues of Barron's, LA Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Coverage generally starts in 2008.

lock ProQuest Historial Newspapers
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Includes scanned historical articles from newspapers (including New York Times and Wall Street Journal), dissertations, and other databases that combine multiple sources by subject (Alt-Press Watch, Criminal Justice, Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch).

lock ProQuest Legislative Insight
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Thoroughly-researched compilations of digital full-text publications relevant to enacted United States law. Includes all major legislative history documents: bills, public laws, committee reports, committee prints, hearings, CRS reports, and signing statements.

lock ProQuest Statistical Insight
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Statistical data from U.S. government publications 1973-current, state and private sources 1980-current, and international organizations 1983-current. Subscription includes: American statistics index, Statistical reference index, and Index to international statistics.

lock Tax Notes
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News and analysis of federal tax issues.

lock TRACFED
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Data and information about federal government enforcement activities, covering civil, criminal and administrative enforcement actions. Tracks federal funding, staffing and spending for these activities.

lock Web of Science
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Articles in arts, humanities, social science, and science.

lock WestlawCampus
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Primary and secondary legal research materials, including federal and state case law, court rules, statutory and regulatory materials, reference publications, and full-text legal periodicals, as well as legal guides and information for pre-law students.