Legal Databases & Indexes

Expand your legal research options with online sources provided by the Gallagher Law Library.

These services are available to University of Washington Law School faculty, students, and staff; other University of Washington faculty, students, and staff; and users visiting the Gallagher Law Library. UW users who want to access these services from home should read Connecting to Online Library Resources. Contact the reference librarians for assistance by phone (206) 543-6794 or email.

Many more databases, indexes, and other research tools covering a wide variety of topics are available via the UW Libraries Articles & Research Databases list.

UW Law School faculty, students, and staff may also use LexisNexis and Westlaw. For more information, see Access to Commercial Legal Databases by UW Law Students, Faculty, Staff & Librarians.

Many other free Internet legal sources are listed on the Free Law Online page.

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Articles

HeinOnline Text & searchable database Law Journal Library: 1,100+ US law reviews. Most titles begin with vol. 1.  Varies by title

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BNA Text & searchable databases 100+ newsletters mid-1990s - date

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BNA Email newsletters
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Text 100+ newsletters mid-1990s - date  
LegalTrac

 

Index 1,300+ English-language law reviews, legal newspapers & bar journals  1980 - date

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Text 100+ selected law reviews Varies by source

Current Index to Legal Periodicals Index & tables of contents 500+ US law reviews Weekly (last 6 weeks only) Sign in with UW Net ID
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Index 550+ law reviews & legal periodicals, US & worldwide; international & comparative 1985 - date

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US Judicial

LLMC Digital Text & searchable database Court opinions from the US Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit & Court of Customs & Patent Appeals Varies by source

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HeinOnline Text & searchable database Early American Case Law: about 20 titles, including American State Reports 1850-1984, varies by source  
HeinOnline Text & searchable database US Supreme Court opinions & books about the Court 1754 - date

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Status of Laws & Cases

 

KeyCite Searchable database Prior & subsequent history of US & state cases, statutes (laws) & other legal sources; references to citing cases, law review articles & other sources Daily

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LexisNexis Academic: Shepard's

Searchable database Prior & subsequent history of US & state cases, statutes (laws) & other legal sources; references to citing cases, law review articles & other sources Daily Help

US Legislative

ProQuest Congressional Text, abstracts & searchable databases Bills, laws, testimony & legislative history Varies by source

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HeinOnline Text & searchable database United States Code 1925 - current edition Help
HeinOnline Text & searchable database U.S. Statutes at Large (chronological arrangement of laws passed by Congress) 1789 - 20108 Help
HeinOnline Text & searchable database Federal Legislative History Library: an index to published histories, selected histories & guides   Help
Readex Congressional Serial Set Text & searchable database Congressional reports & documents 1817 - 1980
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LLMC Digital Index & searchable database U.S. Statutes at Large, vols. 1 - 111, pt. 3 1789 - 2007

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US Administrative

ProQuest Congressional Text & searchable database Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Register
1980 - date

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HeinOnline Text, graphics & searchable database Code of Federal Regulations 1938 - date Help
HeinOnline: Federal Register Library Text, graphics & searchable database Federal Register 1936  - date

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HeinOnline Text, graphics & searchable databases US Presidential Library: Executive orders, proclamations, messages & papers Varies by source

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HeinOnline Text & searchable databases Attorney general opinions 1791 - 1996  
LLMC Digital Text & searchable database Administrative decisions from various executive branch agencies Varies by source

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Treaties

HeinOnline Text & searchable database Treaties & Agreements Library 1776 - date

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Checkpoint Text & searchable database US tax treaties In force treaties  

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Advertising

CCH Intelliconnect
Advertising Law Guide Text & charts Explanations, new developments, laws, state charts   Help

Alternative Dispute Resolution

LawMemo Searchable database Appellate cases on arbitration   Subscribe with UW Net ID
International Commercial Arbitration in Asia Text   2006 Ask the reference librarian to sign in with the password.

Antitrust

CCH Intelliconnect Searchable text RICO Business Disputes Guide; State Unfair Trade Practices Law; Trade Regulation Reporter   Help

Banking

Banking Law in the U.S. Text & searchable database Treatise on banking law Varies Table of Contents
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CCH Intelliconnect Text & searchable datatabase Federal Banking Law Reporter; State Banking Law Reporter   Help

Bankruptcy

CCH Intelliconnect Text & searchable datatabase Bankruptcy Law Reporter   Help
HeinOnline: History of Bankruptcy Searchable text Subtitled Taxation and Economic Reform in American Party III. About    

Congress

HeinOnline: Congress & the Courts Text & searchable database Articles, books, Federal Judicial Center publications, legislative histories, regulations Varies by source  
HeinOnline: History of Supreme Court Nominations Text & searchable database Congressional hearings and reports on successful and unsuccessful candidates 1916 - 2012  

Education

Chronicle of Higher Education Searchable newspaper News about & affecting colleges & universities 1989 - date Ask the reference librarian to sign in with the password.

Environment

Environmental Law Reporter Text & searchable database US & state articles, briefs cases, laws, policies &  regulations Varies by source How to Use
BNA Text & searchable database US, state & international laws, regulations, cases, policies & news Varies by source  

Indian Law

HeinOnline: American Indian Law Collection Text & searchable database Administrative agency decisions, articles, books, laws, legislative histories, regulations, related reports Varies by source

Intellectual Property

HeinOnline Text & searchable databases Administrative agency decisions, articles, books, examing procedure manuals, laws, legislative histories, regulations Varies by source About

International Law

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European Centre for Minority Issues
Text & searchable databases "The ECMI conducts practice-oriented research, provides information and documentation, and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe. This library contains several publications of the ECMI, including ECMI Reports and Working Papers." Varies by source  
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Foreign Relations of the United States
Text & searchable databases About 1861-1980 Help
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Foreign & International Law Resources
Text & searchable databases International & Non-US Law Journals; Treaties & Agreements; Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court;  European Center for Minority Issues 1960 - date Contents
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United Nations Law Collection
Text & searchable databases Commission on International Trade Law; International Court of Justice; international law of the sea; treaties; yearbooks Varies by source Contents
 

Labor & Employment

BNA Text & searchable database U.S. & state cases & arbitrations; email newsletters summaries & full decisions Varies by source Quick Reference Card
  LawMemo Searchable database National Labor Relations Board decisions and other employment law cases   Subscribe with UW Net ID

Maritime Law

Lloyd's Law Reports & Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly Text & searchable database English maritime, insurance & commercial cases 1919 - date About

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Tax

BNA Text 20+ newsletters, US & international Mid-1990s - date  
HeinOnline: Tax & Economic Reform in America, Parts I & II Text & searchable databases An "historical archive contains more than 3,500 volumes and one million pages of legislative history materials and other documents . . . includ[ing] nearly 42 years of historical legislation related to the internal revenue laws from 1909-1950 . . . and more than 100 other legislative histories related to taxation, economic reform, and stimulus plans."
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Checkpoint

(formerly RIA Checkpoint)

Text & searchable databases Tax Court cases, Internal Revenue Code & regulations, tax treaties, administrative materials, tax journals, U.S. Tax Reporter & Federal Tax Coordinator Varies by source Quick Reference Guide

User Guide

LLMC Digital Text & searchable database Decisions from US Tax Court & Board of Tax Appeals 1926 - 43 & 1970 - date About
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