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ABI/INFORM Complete D
Provides access to full text popular and scholarly business, management, accounting, and law journals, as well as market and industry reports.

America's News D
Electronic edition of more than 1,500 U.S. newspapers, including many smaller-market local papers.

bepress Legal Repository
Free access to thousands of working papers and pre-publication prints on a variety of legal topics.

Business Source Complete D
Full text articles from scholarly, trade, and popular journals on business, law, finance, and other disciplines, as well as public and private company reports.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Provides source information for citations by title or by abbreviation; includes Bluebook abbreviations as well as international citation guides.

Citation Linker D
Enter citation information for an article directly into the Citation Linker form. This produces a Get it @ Duke menu with links to the article's full text, if available. 

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) D
From the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, CILP provides a weekly subject index and table of contents service for recent scholarly legal publications.

FT.com (Financial Times) L P
Current Law School students, faculty, and staff may join the Duke Law Library "group subscription" to FT.com by registering an account on a Law School networked computer using their Duke Law email address. Once created, the account may be used on other computers and mobile devices.

Google Scholar
Contains opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court since 1791, federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923, and state appellate courts since 1950. Also includes full text or links to full text of articles from law reviews and legal journals.

HeinOnline D
Database with full text and page images of thousands of law review articles, treatises and primary sources of law, focusing on retrospective historical coverage unavailable in other digital databases. Includes large Law Journal Library and Bar Journals Library, containing historical collections for hundreds of journal titles.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals D
Indexes articles from more than 450 legal periodicals published worldwide, including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports.

Index to Legal Periodicals D
Index to scholarly law journals and books from 1981 forward, full-text from 1995 forward.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective L
Index to scholarly law journals and books from 1918 to 1981.

Journals from Duke Law
Full text of the nine student-edited journals published at Duke Law School.

JournalsTOC P
Free service (registration required) providing emailed table of contents alerts for more than 20,000 journals, including many legal titles.

JSTOR D
Fully-searchable database containing back issues of scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields. 

Law360 L
News, commentary and analysis in more than 35 practice areas. Available within the Law School IP range, as well as to Law community via the News carousel within Lexis Advance.

Legal Blogs
Links to law blog directories, search engines, and hosting sites.

LegalTrac D
Contains article abstracts or references from more than 800 legal publications; law journals, law reviews, bar association journals, and legal newspapers.

LTRC Law Review & Journal Search
Searches the full text of more than 300 online law reviews and journals, as well as open-access document repositories. Free service of the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center.

The New York Times (NYTimes.com) P
Current members of the Duke Law community may join the Law School group account to receive one year of complimentary access to NYTimes.com content on the web and selected smartphone apps. To register an account, follow the above link on a Law School networked computer; type "Duke" under "Find School" and select "Duke University School of Law." Note that you must register an account with your Duke Law email address in order to connect to the Law School subscription.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile D
Combined search of historical periodical indexes, including Jones & Chipman's Index to Legal Periodical Literature 1786-1937, Poole's Index to Periodical Literature 1802-1906, and Index to Legal Periodicals 1908-1935. Full text is provided to many results via HathiTrust and Cornell's digital library Making of America 1815-1901.

Proceedings First D
Index of published proceedings of meetings, conferences, symposia, and workshops, in all subjects from 1993-present. 

Proquest Dissertations & Theses D
Indexes more than 2 million dissertations (1637-present) on all subject areas, including law; full text in PDF provided where available.

Social Science Research Network
SSRN provides early distribution of abstracts of scholarly writing and full-text publication of working papers and journal articles with email update service.

Tables of Contents for Canadian Law Journals
Maintained by the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto, this monthly service provides access to recent tables of contents for legal journals in Canada.

Wall Street Journal Online D N
Individual account access to WSJ.com is available to all current Duke University students, faculty, and staff who register with a duke.edu email address.

Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings
Comparison tool for determining law review and legal journal impact factor, maintained by the Washington & Lee School of Law.

Comparative & International Law Links
Annotated list of links to comparative and international law resources.

Country-specific:

  • Beck Online (Germany) D
    A German-language database containing cases, statutes and journal articles.
  • ICLR Online (United Kingdom) D
    Case law from the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales, including ICLR's Law Reports and Weekly Law Reports. Also includes case summaries, a citator service, access to legislation, and individual profiles in order to manage complex research.
  • Kodeks (Russia) D
    Major source for executive, legislative and judiciary documents in Russia, dating back to 1991.
  • LAWnB Legal Information Service (Korea) D
    A Korean-language legal portal, indexing Korean legal materials such as statutes, precedents, administrative documents, and news articles.
  • Legifrance (France)
    Government site offering French-language access (some translations also available), to laws and decrees, important court rulings, collective labor agreements, standards issued by European institutions, and international treaties and agreements to which France is a party. Links to parliamentary assemblies, jurisdictions, independent administrative authorities, and more.
  • Manupatra (India) P
    A full-text English-language database of Indian law materials, including case law and statutes. Current Duke University students, faculty, and staff may request login information from the Law Library Reference Desk.
  • Pkulaw (Chinalawinfo) D
    Provides full text of cases, statutes, and regulations in English and Chinese.
    SCC Online (India) D N
    Online research service containing robust access to legal materials from India, including case law, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources. Legal material from additional jurisdictions (including many African nations as well as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom) can be found under the options to "Browse Judgments by Court" and "Browse Acts & Rules." This resource requires users to create a username while connected to a Duke University IP address; no password is required.
  • Westlaw China D
    Legal materials in both English and Chinese, including laws and regulations, case law with headnotes, legal articles and news, and model contracts.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) D
Comprehensive source for international affairs research; its contents include working papers, conference proceedings, case studies, policy briefs, etc.

Derwent Innovations Index D
Patent searches and citation indexes of inventions in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering for more than 40 jurisdictions, from 1963 to present. Combines information from Derwent World Patents Index and Derwent Patent Citation Index, via the Web of Science platform.

Foreign Law Guide D
Provides information about the legal systems of countries around the world and citations to their legal publications; best first stop for researching the law of other countries.

GlobaLex
An electronic legal publication dedicated to international, foreign, and comparative law research, collecting articles published by scholars around the world who are well known in their respective fields. This compilation is hosted by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU.

HeinOnline D
Database with full text and page images of thousands of law review articles, treatises and primary sources of law, focusing on retrospective historical coverage unavailable in other digital databases. Includes libraries of Treaties and Agreements, World Constitutions, World Trials, Hague Academy Collected Courses (Recueil de Cours), Foreign & International treatises and yearbooks, and court reports and statutes from Canada and England.

Human Rights Studies Online D
Database of documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide. Includes books, primary documents, audio, maps, images, and video, from 1900-2010.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals D
Indexes articles from more than 450 legal periodicals published worldwide, including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports.

International Legal Research Tutorial
A tutorial designed to teach students research strategies and methodology for researching international legal materials.

Investor-State Law Guide (ISLG) D
International Investment Law research platform providing dispute documents (awards, decisions, notices, partial awards and decisions, pleadings, and procedural orders), selected rules of arbitration (ICSID, London Court of Int'l Arbitration, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and UNCITRAL), and treaties and agreements (BITs, Free Trade Agreements, NAFTA, and more). Click Login tab to gain access on campus.

Kluwer Arbitration D
News, analysis, primary documents, books and journals related to international commercial and investment arbitration. 

LLMC Digital D
Features administrative, legislative and judicial materials digitized from microfiche collections of Law Library Microform Consortium. Includes strong collections of materials from Canada, the United Kingdom and international organizations, and selected material from other countries of the world.

The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law D
Collection of treatises on international, foreign and comparative law, dating from 1600-1926.

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 D
A searchable full-text collection of American and British legal treatises from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1800-1926). 

The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources D
A searchable full-text collection of early American and British primary sources including: early state codes, state constitutional conventions, city charters, law dictionaries, case digests, records of the American colonies. 

The Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926 D
Trial transcripts, popular printed accounts, briefs, and arguments for Anglo-American trials from 1600 to 1926.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law D
Contains analytic coverage of more than 100 constitutional law sub-topics in a comparative context.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law D
Online edition of the seminal encyclopedia features completely updated scholarly articles on international law topics.

MEMSO: Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online D
Digitized texts covering Britain and its place in the world during the medieval and early modern period (c. 1100-1800). Includes key printed sources for English, Irish, Scottish and Colonial history with original manuscripts concerning economic, political, legal, and ecclesiastical history. Legal content includes Statutes of the Realm; selected Year Books; Ancient Laws for Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; and Pitcairn's Criminal Trials in Scotland.

OECD iLibrary
Provides the full text of all journals and books published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1998.

Oxford Bibliographies in International Law D
Encyclopedic articles on more than 150 international law topics, with extensive research references to sources like textbooks, treaties, case law, and commentaries.

Oxford Constitutions of the World D
Current and historical constitutions for the U.S. government and the 50 states, as well as worldwide.

Oxford Historical Treaties D
Contains the full text of treaties from 1648-1919 from Clive Parry's Consolidated Treaty Series; also regularly updated with additional expert commentaries on treaty-related research topics.

Oxford Reports on International Law D
Provides English translations of international law cases from over 65 jurisdictions, covering 2000 to the present. Duke Law has full access to modules for International Law in Domestic Courts, International Courts of General Jurisdiction, and International Human Rights Law. All judgments are also available full-text in their original languages. Scholarly commentary and analysis is also included.

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law D
Provides full text of Oxford University Press international law treatises and commentaries, along with the Oxford Law Citator for links to cases, articles, and additional materials related to each article

Perfect Information (PI) Navigator D
Global corporate finance and capital markets database providing access to international company filings from 1980 onwards. Law Library subscribes to Debt and CDO related documents. Current Duke University NetID and password required for access, even while working on campus.

SCC Online D N
Online research service containing robust access to legal materials from India, including case law, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources. Legal material from additional jurisdictions (including many African nations as well as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom) can be found under the options to "Browse Judgments by Court" and "Browse Acts & Rules." This resource requires users to create a username while connected to a Duke University IP address; no password is required.

Tables of Contents for Canadian Law Journals
Maintained by the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto, this monthly service provides access to recent tables of contents for legal journals in Canada.

UN Treaty Collections
Database that includes the full text of the UNTS, with over 40,000 international agreements plus the status of multilateral treaties deposited with the UN.

WorldTradeLaw.net L
News and analysis for international trade, including access to Dispute Settlement Commentaries (DSC) for arbitration disputes, an index to WTO case law, and dispute settlement statistics. Users must be on a computer physically connected to the Law School network.

Federal Law Links
Annotated list of links to important and reliable legal resources from all three branches of the U.S. government, plus general federal government and court web sites.

HeinOnline D
Database with full text and page images of thousands of law review articles, treatises and primary sources of law, focusing on retrospective historical coverage unavailable in other digital databases. Includes historical collections of the U.S. Code and U.S. Statutes at Large; the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations; U.S. Supreme Court reports; congressional and federal agency documents; federal legislative history compilations; the Congressional Record; state codes, session laws, and attorney general materials.

LexisNexis State Capital D
Resource for state government research, including legislative information, biographies of state legislators, and full text of state statutes and regulations.

LLMC Digital D
Features administrative, legislative and judicial materials digitized from microfiche collections of Law Library Microform Consortium. Includes strong collections from U.S. federal and state jurisdictions.

The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources D
A searchable full-text collection of early American and British primary sources including: early state codes, state constitutional conventions, city charters, law dictionaries, case digests, records of the American colonies. 

The Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926 D
Trial transcripts, popular printed accounts, briefs, and arguments for Anglo-American trials from 1600 to 1926.

North Carolina Law Links
Annotated list of links to NC court opinions, legislative and executive sources, and North Carolina state agencies and bar organizations.

Oxford Constitutions of the World D
Current and historical constitutions for the U.S. government and the 50 states, as well as worldwide.

ProQuest Congressional D
Formerly LexisNexis Congressional; indexes key federal legislative history materials, including the U.S. Serial Set and the CIS Index. Selected full text includes committee reports from 1817-1969/1995-present, and committee hearings from 1824-present.

ProQuest Legislative Insight D
Compiled legislative history materials for enacted federal laws, mostly from 1929 to the present but with selected additional documents dating back to the 1890s.

ProQuest Regulatory Insight D
Compiled regulatory history materials for enacted federal laws from 1936-present.

ProQuest Supreme Court Insight D
Contains records and briefs from U.S. Supreme Court cases, dating from 1975-present.

Ravel D P
Federal and state case law research service with unique visual presentation of results. Also includes Judge Analytics and Court Analytics modules, linking biographical profiles of state and federal judges with analysis of their most-cited judges, courts, and opinions. Duke community members are eligible for free access; sign up for an account with your Duke.edu email.

State Bar Association Legal Research Services
Map of U.S. state bar associations which provide members with free access to legal research services Casemaker (available to Duke community as CasemakerX) and Fastcase.

State Legal Links
Links to state and U.S. territory legal resource websites, such as state statutes and regulations, from Cornell's Legal Information Institute. 

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Digital Collection D
Full-text of all the reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in PDF, from 1817-1994. Produced by READEX from the U.S. Serial Set.

U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs, 1832-1978 D
Provides the full text (in PDF) of records and briefs from approximately 150,000 historical U.S. Supreme Court cases.

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D Accessible only through a computer attached to Duke University network; off-campus access with a NetID and password. (More information about off-campus access)

L Accessible only through a computer attached to the Law School network. In some cases, may not be available from off-campus or the Law School wireless network.

N New Database

P Separate (non-NetID) Password is required. In some cases, access may be limited to current members of the Law School community. See a reference librarian for more information.

Library Links

More Research Databases D
Links to hundreds of research databases and other electronic resources (organized by subject and alphabetically) available to the Duke community. 

Trial Databases D
Current trials to subscription databases at the Duke University Libraries, with descriptions, access details, and user comments.

Zotero for Legal Research
Guide to using Zotero citation management software for legal research materials, courtesy of the Duke University Libraries.