Academic and Historical Legal Research

HeinOnline (SLS Database)

The Modern Link to Legal History. HeinOnline contains full text of many law journals dating back to the 1800s. Users may browse by journal name, author or article, and full-text searching is also available. Numerous other valuable products are also available (such as Bar Journals, the Code of Federal Regulations, English Reports (Full Reprint, 1220-1867), Federal Register Library, Foreign Relations of the United States, Israel Law Reports, Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, Pentagon Papers, Subject Compilations of State Laws (1960-2010), Treaties and Agreements Library, United States Code, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court Library). Access to HeinOnline is limited to the Stanford University community. For off-campus access use: HeinOnline EZPROXY

EBSCOhost (SLS Database)

Access to a comprehensive collection of databases containing thousands of scholarly journals, news materials, and reference works.  For off-campus access use: EBSCOhost EZPROXY

  • For general academic research, try the Academic Search Premiere database.
  • For historical research or archived newspapers, you may wish to include America – History and Life and/or Historical Abstracts with Full Text.

ProQuest Platform (SLS Database)

Access to more than 4,000 periodicals from broad and diversified scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines.  For off-campus access use: ProQuest Platform EZPROXY

  • For general academic research, try searching across the entire ProQuest Research Library.
  • For historical research, you may wish to specifically search within Historical Newspapers and Dissertations & Theses.


Useful databases with particularly strong collections of academic journals, historical materials, and newspapers.   For off-campus access to the GALE InfoTrac law databases, use: GALE InfoTrac-Law Databases EZPROXY.   For off-campus access to the GALE InfoTrac academic databases, use: GALE InfoTrac EZPROXY.

GALE InfoTrac – Law Databases

GALEInfoTrac – Selected Historical Research Databases

JSTOR (SLS Database)

Digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.  Extensive historical journal coverage. For off-campus access use: JSTOR EZPROXY

Newsbank/Readex Databases (SLS Databases)

Provides access to news and information from thousands of U.S. and international sources dating from the seventeenth century to the present.  For off-campus access use: Newsbank/Readex EZPROXY

  • Archive of Americana” contains historical collections of “books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.”  In particular, try: America’s Historical Imprints; America’s Historical Newspapers; and/or American State Papers, 1789-1838.
  • Access World News” contains electronic editions for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers.

Social Science Research Network (Public) & Legal Scholarship Network (SLS Database)

  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is composed of several specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. Each network encourages early distribution of research by publishing scholarly abstracts and papers. SSRN can be an excellent source for the latest scholarship. For access to restricted items, please e-mail
  • Legal Scholarship Network is SSRN’s network focused on legal topics.  LSN publishes electronic journals of abstracts — working papers as well as published articles — in various areas of law, and posts weekly announcements including professional meetings, calls for papers and special issues of journals, and job listings.  For access, please e-mail

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation:  U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates (1774-1875)

From the website, “A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75.”

Colonial State Papers

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Colonial State Papers integrates two important research tools as one service: Collection CO 1 from The National Archives (full name: Privy Council and related bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers); and Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739.

Yale Avalon Project

Documents in law, history and diplomacy – original source materials from 400 BCE to present.