Legal research databases
The Law Library makes available to the Law School community a number of legal research databases. Additionally, all of the electronic resources available through the University Libraries are available for law school use as well. The University Libraries maintain a complete list of their databases.
Access individual resources through the subject headings below or through the alphabetical list of resources that follows.
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- Resources only available to UT-Austin Law School students, faculty, and staff.
- Resources available to all members of the UT-Austin community, including Law School students, faculty, and staff.
- Resources available to the general public.
Some databases otherwise restricted to the Law School or the UT-Austin community may be available to patrons who use on-site computers within the Library.
- Accounting Research Manager (ARM)
- Comprehensive knowledgebase of expert-written analytical accounting, auditing, governmental, internal controls, and SEC information, as well as primary source data. Available modules include Accounting Standards, SEC Practice, Auditing, and Internal Controls.
- Alt-Press Watch
- A full-text database of the newspapers, magazines, and journals from alternative
and independent presses. This interdisciplinary resource provides a valuable
source of viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge mainstream
- America: History and Life with Full Text
- A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States
and Canada from prehistory to the present.
- American Founding Era Collection
- The American Founding Era Collection brings together original digital works with digital editions of the papers of major figures of the early republic. These digital editions present all material from the previously published volumes, including editorial annotations and transcriptions of hundreds of thousands of documents, in a fully searchable and interoperable online environment. Among the collections currently available are:
- Provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries,
edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical,
biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore,
material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.
- Avalon Project
- The Avalon Project at Yale Law School has electronic copies of significant
legal, economic, and historical documents from 4000 BCE through the present.
- Links to digital paper or PDF versions of over 40 local and regional business journals, including Austin Business Journal.
- Bloomberg BNA Premier
- A comprehensive source for news and analysis on a wide range of legal topics, including criminal law, employment and labor law, legal ethics, intellectual property, and trade and commerce. Most resources also link to relevant laws, regulations, cases, and other materials. A listing of resources by title and topic is available.
- Bloomberg Law
- Bloomberg Law integrates legal content, company and market information, and proprietary news. Special practice centers offered currently include bankruptcy, corporate / M&A, intellectual property, litigation, and securities law. If you would like access, please contact Matt Steinke.
- Business Source Complete
- Provides access to academic and trade journals, books and monographs,
country and industry profiles, and market reports.
- CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction)
- CALI provides more than 900 interactive lessons and tutorials to help
students learn the law. An authorization code is required to create an account (UT Law affiliation required to view).
- CCH Intelliconnect contains primary and secondary resources on taxation, accounting and audit, consumer financial services, financial and estate planning, and federal and state labor law, including full text of many CCH loose-leaf services, such as Standard Federal Income Tax Reporter, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reporter, and Federal Estate and Gift Tax Reporter. Personalized logins allow for the customization of resources and current awareness services.
- CIAO- Columbia International Affairs Online
- A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.
CIAO publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes
working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series
from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences,
books, journals and policy briefs.
- Communication & Mass Media Complete
- Provides indexing and some full text of articles, reviews, encyclopedias,
and handbooks in the area of communication and mass media. This service
also provides indices for National Communication Association journals.
- Computer Source
- The latest information and current trends in high technology. This database
offers full text for more than 300 publications and indexing and abstracts
for nearly 450 publications.
- CVN Law School
- CVN Law School is the new home of AudioCaseFile where students can download MP3 files of court opinions arranged by legal subject or specific casebook. CVN Law School also offers real courtroom video that can be watched streaming from any computer. Search or browse trials by practice area, jurisdiction, or even specific judge, lawyer, or firm to see gavel-to-gavel coverage of civil litigation. Video coverage is also segmented to enable review of specific aspects of each trial such as opening and closing statements or witness examination.
- Go to the registration page.
- Choose our school in the drop down menu and then complete the registration form.
You must use your "utexas.edu" email address.
- You will receive a verification email. Click the link to complete registration.
- Digital Commons Network: Law
- This institutional repository platform, hosted by bepress, provides open access to articles and scholarly works in a variety of fields, including law. There are over 100 law reviews that currently archive and publish articles through their law school’s Digital Commons Network repository. Current awareness features include the ability to view and follow individual authors, institutions, and publications.
- EBSCOhost Legal Collection
- Legal Collection offers full text for nearly 250 law journals.
The majority of titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color.
Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1965.
- EBSCOhost Research Databases
- EBSCOhost offers a number of subject-specific research databases. The
above link takes you to a listing of those databases, and allows you to
select one or more databases within which to conduct a search.
- Provides subject indexing and abstracts to journals, books, dissertations
and working papers in economics.
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online
- Includes important treatises and other materials from the 18th century,
including American and British law-related materials.
- Over 700,000 citations covering research documents, journal articles,
technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular
materials in the field of education.
- Ethnic NewsWatch
- Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish)
and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals
of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other
side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered
by the mainstream press. Coverage begins in 1990.
- A global information resource, providing full-text access to top national
and international newspapers, newswires, business journals, market research
reports, analysts reports and web sites.
- FDsys: Federal Digital System
- Provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. Replaces GPO Access as the U.S. Government Printing Office's official system of record. FDsys contains almost 50 collections from all three branches of the U.S. Government.
- Foreign Law Guide
- A guide to legislation and English translations of codes, laws and other relevant material from jurisdictions around the world. Provides information on sources of foreign law, including citations to legislation and the existence of English translations, both official and unoffical. Also provides selected references to secondary sources in English.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources. Fully searchable across all files.
- Gender Studies Database
- Provides citations, abstracts, and some full text of academic and non-academic
articles in gender studies.
- Google Books
- Searches full-text books digitized by the Google Books Partnership Project
and the Google Books Library Project.
- Google Scholar
- Searches scholarly articles from a variety of academic publishers, professional
societies, and university presses.
- A collection of legal periodicals, government documents, historical monographs, and other collections related to law. The collection includes over 1,200 legal periodicals and begins with
the first issue of each journal.
- Historical Abstracts
- Contains citations and abstracts of literature from countries other than
the United States and Canada on political, diplomatic, economic, social,
cultural and intellectual history.
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
- A searchable, full-text version of the United Kingdom's House of Commons Sessional Papers, including bills (drafts of legislation), House papers (documents resulting from the work of the House and its committees), and Command Papers (government papers presented 'by Command of Her Majesty' to the House conveying information or decisions). Coverage extends from 1715, with supplementary materials back to 1688, to the present. This collection includes parliamentary debates (Hansard) through the 2003/04 session and the House Journals through 1834.
- Human Rights Library
- Maintained by the University of Minnesota, this resource provides access to over 65,000 documents, including major human rights treaties and international instruments, United Nations documents, research guides on specific human rights topics, and resources for researching conditions in particular countries and regions of the world. Also includes links to human rights resources on more than 4,000 other websites.
- IEEE Xplore
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution
of Engineering and Technology (IET) articles, publications, and standards.
- Index to Current Urban Documents
- Provides access to local government publications for 500 select cities
in the United States and Canada.
- Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
- Produced by the American Association of Law Libraries, the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) covers 500 legal journals published worldwide in multiple languages. IFLP provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of non-common law jurisdictions. Also includes are individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges and congress reports. Coverage begins with 1960.
- Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (H.W. Wilson & Co.)
- Provides abstracts and citations and, in some cases, full text, of articles
from 891 legal periodicals (Aug. 1981-present) and English-language books
published in 1993 or later. See also LegalTrac.
- Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Retrospective: 1908-1981 (H.W. Wilson & Co.)
- A retrospective database that indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Content is also drawn from 38 printed compendia, which provides access to approximately 540,000 records. Coverage also includes annual surveys of laws by jurisdiction; annual surveys of federal court cases; yearbooks and annual institutes.
- Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law
- Provides coverage of law-related articles published in English-language periodicals not indexed by other legal journal indexes. Coverage begins with 1958.
- International Investment Arbitration + Public Policy
- Produced by Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, this searchable database covers all known investment treaty cases up to May 2010. Cases may be searched by policy area and the treaty involved, as well as by case name, respondent state, and arbitrator. Links to the texts of specific awards in some cases are available.
- Collection of online journals on diverse topics such as economics, sociology,
- Jurist is a university-based academic gateway to authoritative legal
instruction, information, and scholarship online.
- Knowledge Mosaic
- Focusing on the heavily regulated industries of securities, communications, finance, technology, and energy, Knowledge Mosaic provides the latest industry, agency, federal court, and legislative news, as well as law firm memos from hundreds of leading firms on regulatory issues. Personalized "watchlists" may be set up to track specific topics for new developments.
- Law.com, published by American Lawyer Media, is a source for
information about current litigation, technology for lawyers, and legal
- Law360 is a subscription service providing legal news and analysis via customized feeds and email alerts across more than 30 practice areas, including Banking, Energy, Environment, Health, IP, Securities, and Texas. Additionally, Law360 Data provides real-time litigation news and tracking for more than 10,000 companies, firms, and industries.
- Legal Information Archive
- A collaboration between the Harvard Law Library, Georgetown University Law Library and the state law libraries of Maryland and Virginia operating as the Chesapeake Project, the Legal Information Archive seeks to archive "born-digital" publications related U.S. government and policy, materials relating to public policy and legal issues in the state of Maryland, and publications issued by Virginia's judicial branch of government.
- Legal Scholarship Network
- A series of electronic journals of abstracts -- of working papers as well
as articles accepted for publication -- in various areas of law. Searchable,
free online archives available. If you would like to subscribe to any of
the journals (delivered via e-mail), please contact Jane O'Connell (471-8761,
- Use this database to find citations to articles published in all major
law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals, and
legal newspapers. See also the Index to Legal Periodicals.
- Lex Machina
- An online source of analytic data related to intellectual property litigation launched from Stanford University’s IP Litigation Clearinghouse. Features include daily alert emails and access to data and documents extracted and classified from PACER, US District Court websites, the PTO, and the ITC’s EDIS site. Academic users may register for complimentary access using their institutional university email address.
- A resource for state and federal cases, codes, administrative
materials, business resources and a wealth of analytic content such as Matther
Bender titles. This password accessible resource also provides extensive
news coverage, public records, and live on-line research assistance.
- LexisNexis Congressional
- See ProQuest Congressional
- Library Press Display
- Provides a full-color and full-page collection of newspapers from around the world. Includes over 1000 titles from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. A 60-day archive is also available to browse by country, language, and newspaper title, and to search full text of articles, photograph captions, and headlines.
- LLMC Digital
- The LLMC Digital resource makes available page images of legal and historical
documents and scholarly works. Extensive collections of U.S. federal and
state documents, Anglo-American case reporters, legal encyclopedias, and
reference materials, and legal materials from several civil law jurisdictions
are currently available. Additional materials from a 7500 title and 90,000
volume microform backfile are being digitized at the rate of 10,000 volumes
- Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises
- The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises is a digital online archive of 22,000 legal treatises published in the United States and Great Britain between 1800 and 1926.
The fully searchable database provides access to over 10 million individual
page images from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay
readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more.
- Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources
- The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources is a fully searchable digital archive of 2,800 historical primary sources published between 1620 and 1970 held by the law libraries of Harvard University, Yale University, and the Library of Congress. Primary Sources contains constitutional conventions and compilations (reports, journals, proceedings, and debates, and supplementary documents published by the conventions including, manuals, rules of order, and information for the use of delegates); city charters (the texts of enacted and proposed charters and ordinances in American jurisdictions); law dictionaries; and early U.S. federal, territorial, and state codes.
- Making of Modern Law: Trials
- The Making of Modern Law: Trials is a digital collection of more than 10,000 titles describing courtroom dramas published between 1600 and 1926. The two million pages of searchable content is derived from primary source documents located in the law libraries of Yale University, Harvard University, and the Library of the Bar of the City of New York. Included in the collection are unofficially published trial accounts, official trial documents, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations.
- MarketLine Advantage (formerly Datamonitor360)
- Provides a wide range of business-related information, including SWOT analyses of more than 30,000 companies, national PESTLE analyses for emerging markets, and a wide range of industry profiles. Qualitative and quantitative data are supplemented by business news and opinion. Includes information on financial deals dating back to 1962.
- Martindale-Hubbell online is the oldest and most established directory
of lawyers practicing in the US. It also includes listings for lawyers practicing
in several foreign nations.
- Matthew Bender Online
- Online versions of treatises and other secondary materials from a leading legal publisher. This resource is available from any computer located within the Law School. For remote access, a login and password are required.
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
- A comprehensive work covering the central and essential topics in international law. The encyclopedia represents a new edition of the print Encyclopedia of Public International Law published between 1991 and 2001. Articles are written by legal scholars and practitioners from all over the world.
- MetaLib (U.S. Government Printing Office)
- MetaLib is a federated search engine that allows for the simultaneous searching of thousands of reports, articles, and citations produced by the U.S. federal government. Basic, advanced, and expert searching are available.
- National Bureau of Economic Research
- NBER is the nation's leading nonprofit economic research organization,
and NBER researchers are the leading scholars in their fields. This searchable
esource provides access to NBER Working Papers, articles from issues of
the NBER Digest, and a catalog of available and forthcoming books. Specific
NBER topical programs and working groups address topics such as as Law and
Economics, Economics of National Security, and Market Microstructures.
- netLibrary (now eBook Collection)
- Full-text scholarly, reference and professional eBooks (electronic books)
from leading university, academic and professional publishers. Ebooks may
be viewed online or "checked out." To check out a title you must create
- Newspaper Source provides selected full text for 25 national (U.S.) and
international newspapers. The database also contains full text television
& radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional
(U.S.) newspapers. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
- New York Times (1851-2009)
- The New York Times archive includes all articles published since the
paper's first issue in 1851. The database has full-text and -image articles
with digital reproductions of every page, every article, and every issue
in PDF format. In addition to news stories, it also includes editorials,
letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos,
- Online catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
- OECD iLibrary
- The online library for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and
- PAIS International
- This resource covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International covers 1972 to present; PAIS Archive includes the content from printed volumes published 1915-1976.
- PastMasters- Philosophy Full-text Database
- A collection of primary-source, full-text humanities databases whose titles
comprise the complete works of individual authors.
- PCL Map Collection
- Online maps of general interest.
- Philosopher's Index
- Provides indexing and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy
and related fields.
- Political Database of the Americas
- A non-governmental Internet-based project that provides reference materials,
primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries
in the Western Hemisphere.
- Practical Law Company (PLC)
- Free access to law school students, faculty and staff to model documents with drafting and negotiating tips, step-by-step checklists, and updates on the latest legal and market developments. Practice areas covered include corporate and securities, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, and labor and employment. Sign up through the PLC website. Student users must provide their law school email address and graduation year. Professors and faculty submit name, law school email and title. Contact Matt Steinke with any questions.
- ProQuest Congressional
- Includes legislation and public policy, statistical information including
projections and analyses, legislative history, federal regulations, voting
and financial records for individual members as well as members of various
congressional committees. Searchable full text of House and Senate committee prints (1830-present) and hearings (1824-2003) is available.
- ProQuest Legislative Insight
- Contains legislative histories and links to the related full-text Congressional documents of more than 18,000 federal laws enacted since 1929. The fully-searchable PDFs include full text of the public law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, and committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and miscellaneous publications that provide background information related to the making of the law.
- Provides abstracts and some full texts of international articles in the
professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines.
- Religion and Philosophy Collection
- This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions,
major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology,
political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history
- RIA Checkpoint
- See Thomson Reuters Checkpoint
- Full-text and bibliographic information for topics in science, technology,
- Science Online
- The electronic version of Science, with additional online-only
- Scientific American
- The Scientific American archive includes all articles published since
the first issue in 1845. The database has full-text and -image
articles with digital reproductions of every page, every article, and every
issue in PDF format. In addition to technical information on historic inventions
and patents, it also includes editorials, letters to the editor, photos,
and advertisements relating to innovations in science and industry.
- Social Services Abstracts
- This premier database provides abstracts and indexing of the international
literature of social work.
- Sociological Abstracts
- Provides citations and abstracts to articles, books, and conferences covering
sociology, social work, and other social sciences.
- Television News Archive (Vanderbilt)
- The world's most extensive and complete archive of television news from
major US national broadcast networks.
- Texas Bar CLE
- Continuing legal education courses and course materials from the State
Bar of Texas. Instructions for accessing
- Thomson Reuters Checkpoint
- Tax and financial research source for authoritative analysis on tax, financial
accounting law. Provides access to publications from the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants , Financial Accounting Standards Board,
as well as large number of treatises and news titles from other publishers.
Nations Treaty Collection
- Provides access to the current status of the Multilateral Treaties deposited
with the Secretary-General, the United Nations Treaty Series (full text
of UN treaties), and recently deposited multilateral treaties.
- US Congressional Serial Set
- The serial set includes reports, documents, and journals of the US senate
and house of representatives. Upon completion the resource will provide
access to materials dated from 1817 to 1980; currently, the resource covers
- US Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
- Containing nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs from over 150,000
cases brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978, this
resource provides full-text search capabilities to more than 350,000 documents,
including appellant's and appellee's briefs, oral transcripts, and petitions
for writ of certiorari.
- Web of Science
- Provides web access to Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation
Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Conference Proceedings Citation Index. Covers more than 12,000
- An online, password-accessible legal research service providing access
to statutes, case law materials, public records, and other legal resources,
along with current news articles and business information. A very large
number of secondary legal materials are available along with KeyCite citation
checking and research assistance. A personal ID is required.
- Westlaw Public Access
- Westlaw Public Access, a comprehensive legal research database, is available
for use by UT students and members of the public. Please inquire at the
Library reference desk.
- WorldCat Local@Tarlton
- Provides access to the OCLC WorldCat database, including the holdings of the Tarlton Law Library and the University of Texas Libraries, through a single search box. Easy to navigate search results allow for refinements to be made based on a resource's format, language, and date of publication. Users affiliated with the Law School can request holds on materials held by the Law Library or can place interlibrary loan requests.
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