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Databases for Advanced Legal Research

The following databases are recommended for use by paralegal students, upper-level undergraduates, and graduate students.

  • ARL: American Law Reports  
    Contains articles (called annotations) on specific legal topics. They provide background, analysis, and citations to relevant cases, statutes, law review articles, and other annotations. They read more like a law review article than a legal encyclopedia.
  • Accounting & Tax (ProQuest)  
    Use this database to keep up with the latest in those pesky accounting and taxation laws. Journal articles are written by experts in these fields.
  • Accounting Research Manager (CCH)  
    Note: CCH ARM is limited to one user at a time...please log out promptly when finished.
    --Get started with a Video Tutorial (Requires you to sign in, but you don't need a password)
  • American Jurisprudence Law Encyclopedia (WestLaw)  
    Known as Am. Jur., American Jurisprudence Legal Encyclopedia provides background information on legal topics, explains relevant terms of art, and provides citations to cases, statutes, regulations, law review articles, and ALR Annotations. The encyclopedia is national in scope and uses broad topics.
  • Checkpoint  
    Checkpoint contains tax accounting news and research materials for the accounting industry.
    Requires Username & Password--Ask at Reference Desk
  • Congressional Publications  
    ProQuest Congressional contains full text and status of proposed laws, congressional hearings, publications, reports, prints, documents, and legislative history, plus voting records, biographies, and financial information on members of Congress. The database also includes U.S. statutes, the U.S. Code Service, the Federal Register, and the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  
    Provides free open access to 140 law journals (along with a variety of other subjects).
  • HeinOnline  
    HeinOnline contains cover-to-cover full-page images for all issues of over 1,200 legal journals, cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and English Reports Full Reprint (1694-1867). HeinOnline has all issues of the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and U.S. Statutes at Large, plus all issues of the Congressional Record (1873 to present), the Annals of Congress (1789-1924), Register of Debates (1824-1837), and Congressional Globe (1833-1873). Also includes many sources for international law, United Nations, and treaty research.
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    Provides access to over 10,000 full-text news, business, and legal publications. You can look up a legal cases by citation (163 U.S. 537), parties (Mapp v. Ohio), or topic (equal opportunity).
  • Oxford Reference Online Premium
    Search the full-text of all these titles:
    The Oxford Companion to American Law
    The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia
    Guide to Latin in International Law
    A Dictionary of Law
    A Dictionary of Law Enforcement
    The New Oxford Companion to Law
    The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States
    The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions
  • TOXNET  
    Toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Open-access collection from U.S. National Library of Medicine. While some articles are available full text (or via other WKU library subscriptions), some articles must be acquired via interlibrary loan.

Databases for Basic Legal Research

WKU Libraries provides the following databases which are helpful for legal research.

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