The Robert Crown Law Library (RCLL)—plus the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) generally—provides access to hundreds of online research tools. For detailed descriptions of some of the most popular databases, please scroll down and/or click “[i]“. To learn about these and other available tools from a reference librarian, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650 725.0800. (You may also visit the Robert Crown Law Library Blog.)
ALM Legal Intelligence Online is an integrated, online database of the legal industry covering ALM’s rankings and surveys- attorney counts, billing, branch offices, corporate representation and capital markets work, corporate legal departments, diversity and pro bono. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community.
The records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on free speech, citizenship, race, discrimination, immigration, labor, radicalism, and related topics support the study of American legal history and complement the modules in the Making of Modern Law series. Documents include newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, court files, memorandums, telegrams, minutes, and legal case records. The papers are held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University. Available to Stanford Law School community. For assistance ask at the Stanford Law Library reference desk.
American Lawyer is a daily news source covering the U.S. and global legal industry, law firms, and lawyers. American Lawyer’ surveys and rankings include the Am Law 100.
BNA [Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.] — now formally Bloomberg BNA — publishes over 200 print and electronic news, analysis, and reference products that provide widely-respected, intensive coverage of legal and regulatory developments for decision makers in business and government. All BNA Law Reports are now also available on Bloomberg Law (BLAW) — please see below for more information about BLAW. And you are welcome to contact the Reference Desk with questions. BNA access is limited to the Stanford Law School community. Within the law school buildings, IP access is provided. For off-campus access, please contact the the Reference Desk by telephone to 650 725 0800 or by e-mail. Law students, staff and faculty can request electronic subscriptions — again, by telephone to 650 725 0800 or by e-mail to the Reference Desk — in the following BNA product areas:
This product is from the well-known provider of business and financial news data and described as an “all inclusive tool providing in-depth legal analysis, filings, opinions, real-time and archival news, indexes, rankings, company and biographical information, research and streaming live trial coverage on a single, integrated desktop platform.” Access is via either of the two dedicated Bloomberg terminals on the first floor of the law library or, more conveniently, using a Bloomberg Law” (BLAW) account on any computer connected to the Internet/World Wide Web. BLAW includes a “Litigation & Dockets” tab with a “Search Dockets” function that takes advantage of Bloomberg’s comprehensive data-mining of U.S. federal [see PACER] and available state court dockets, allowing for precision searching for and retrieval of documents filed in lawsuits. Stanford Law School students, staff and faculty may go HERE to apply for and activate an account. For further information, please inquire at the reference desk by telephone to 650 725 0800 or by e-mail to the Reference Desk or call or email the below BLAW representatives directly.
24/7 Customer Support: 888 560 2529
Free service (and a product of Lawriter, LLC, a division of Collexis Holdings, Corp., a “contextual” search software company) supported by the Casemaker Bar Consortium and its large attorney membership consisting of state bar associations across the United States. The suite of free materials includes case law, codes & statutes, medical support documents and experts, and languages. Each user signs up individually at the Member Login box.
The OnLAW database from California’s Continuing Education of the Bar provides access to more than 125 of CEB’s California practice guides. OnLAW’s “libraries” organize the CEB guides by practice area, namely: business law; criminal law; estate planning; family law; litigation; and real property law. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
With 2.1 million pages of trial transcripts, police and forensic reports, detective novels, newspaper accounts, true crime literature, and related ephemera, Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 presents the broadest and deepest collection of materials supporting the study of nineteenth-century criminal history, law, literature, and justice. This quintessential resource enhances understanding of the intersection of law and society during a pivotal era of social change. Available to Stanford Law School community. For assistance ask at the Stanford Law Library reference desk.
Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. Access is limited to the Stanford University community.
Published by the Environmental Law Institute, the ELR covers recent developments in the courts, Congress, and agencies and contains primary law sources and articles and analysis of environmental law issues. Stanford Law students and faculty can request the password at the Reference Desk.
Fastcase is an online legal research tool providing access to federal and state cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and bar publications by keyword (or “Boolean” search), natural language search, or citation lookup. Information about Fastcase’s scope of coverage and documentation is on the product website www.fastcase.com. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community.
Current sources of codes and basic legislation in jurisdictions from around the world.
Goldstein on Copyright (CCH IntelliConnect)
A comprehensive treatise with detailed analysis of every aspect of copyright law, from registration to licensing to infringement and litigation. Written by Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law School professor and Of Counsel to Morrison & Foerster. Includes explanations of applicable copyright law to the music, publishing, motion picture, commercial art, and software industries. Also covers international copyright law, as well as the intersection of copyright law with bankruptcy, antitrust law, and Lanham Act doctrines that fill in the gaps in traditional copyright protection. Access is limited to Stanford Law School users only — and requires free registration (of a user ID and password) with CCH IntelliConnect — via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings.
The Modern Link to Legal History…Hein-On-Line contains full text of many law journals dating back to the 1800’s. 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 Hein-On-Line is limited to the Stanford University community. For easy access use: HeinOnline EZPROXY
ICLR (The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales) is the authorised publisher of The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England dating back to 1865. Legislation is also included. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings. Please inquire at the Reference Desk
The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) provides access to the Art Law and Cultural Property Database, a resource for current data on legal issues ranging from fraud and forgery to ownership, provenance, valuation, and appraisal regarding art objects and cultural properties. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings. Please inquire at the Reference Desk
Bibliographic database citing articles from law journals and books from 1981 to present. Coverage includes English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Full text is available from 1995 forward.
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.
ILP and ILP Retrospective may be searched simultaneously using a combined search through EBSCOhost.
Indian Claims Insight provides researchers with documents related to Native American migration and resettlement throughout U.S. history, as well as U.S. Government Indian removal policies and subsequent actions to address Native American claims. Content is searchable and includes decisions, transcripts, docket books, journals of the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial panel for relations between the U.S. Government and Native American tribes; and related statutes and congressional publications.
Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter) is a news and analysis service focusing on the international law that applies to foreign investment, including international treaties and arbitration claims. Focus is on investigation of unreported cases and discussion of legal documents and policy developments.
(ISLG)™ is a resource for international investment treaty law materials capturing the relationships between treaties, arbitral rules, cases and other key materials. Access is limited to the Stanford University community via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings. Please note features in this website are best experienced with Microsoft IE8+ and Adobe Reader 9.3+
The UK Statutes product contains the full text of all Acts of Parliament in England, Wales and Scotland as enacted, from 1235 to the present day. UK Statutes is the only statute-law database to contain Scottish Acts of Parliament and repealed legislation. International Law Reports contains cases in English from national and international courts from 1919 to present. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings.
Kluwer Arbitration (CCH IntelliConnect)
Kluwer Arbitration is a comprehensive database of international commercial arbitration primary and secondary resources. It provides commentary from expert authors and an extensive collection of primary source materials, including ICC cases and awards. Access is limited to Stanford Law School users only — and requires free registration (of a user ID and password) with CCH IntelliConnect — via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings.
Law360 is a legal news service focusing on lawsuit filings, litigation, settlements, verdicts and courts.
Law Journal Press publishes print and online treatises on a broad range of legal and business topics. Written by leading lawyers and experts, Law Journal Press offers analysis and practitioner-oriented guidance. Treatises are updated automatically online and offer enhanced features – searchable text and index, one-click access to fully integrated cases and statutes. This resource is available to all Stanford University students, staff and faculty via IP-range access. For easy use from off-campus, please visit: EZPROXY (under “Law Journal Press”).
An online information resource for legal professionals working in the securities law area. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
LLMC is a non-profit cooperative serving member libraries’ needs for preservation, space recovery, and collection development on film and online. In its first 27 years of operation, it filmed over 7,500 titles, some 90,000 volumes, of interest to researchers in law and history. Its backfile comprises the world’s largest collection of legal literature and government documents in microform. That backfile, and future filming of some 10,000 volumes per year, are being made available for online access on this website.
The Leadership Library Online provides who’s who information from 14 sectors in the United States, including corporate, financial, government (federal, local and state) and non-profit. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community generally via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings — although there is some remote, off-campus access available. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
The Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) publishes a series of electronic journals of abstracts — of working papers as well as articles — in various areas of law. The Legal Scholarship Network also publishes weekly Professional Announcements that include announcements such as important professional meetings, calls for papers and special issues of journals, and Professional Job Listings. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School Community generally via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings — although there is some remote, off-campus access available. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
Lex Machina is an IP research tool that captures data by crawling PACER, the ITC’s EDIS, and the USPTO website everyday. Its Legal Analytics can then mine this litigation data to reveal insights about judges, lawyers, parties, and patents. Stanford Law School faculty, students and staff may request access for academic research. For more information and to sign up for the required online training, go to Lex Machina Public Interest.
In the Library & At Home:
LexisNexis Customer Support: 1 800 543 6862
LexisNexis Law School Customer Support: 1 800 455 3947
Legal Education Applications Consultant: Teal Taylor
TEL: 415 275 4845
Messages for the student associates may be left in their mail slots.
CourtLink (see here for information) is Lexis/Nexis’ U.S. federal [see PACER] and state court docket product, comprehensively capturing the documents that are filed during the course of lawsuits. CourtLink is accessible, by logging in here, using one’s Lexis ADVANCE username and one’s last name in ALLCAPS.
Regarding Lexis ADVANCE, as of June 22, 2013, it became the sole LexisNexis interface, replacing the Lexis.com interface. However, it is still possible to use Lexis.com after logging into ADVANCE. Please log in here and then select “lexis.com” button from the upper left-hand corner drop-down menu.
Access to the above-described LexisNexis products is limited to the Stanford Law School community and requires personal, custom usernames and passwords from each, individual user. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
The Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform enables full-text searching across the distinct collections that comprise The Making of Modern Law. MOML collections include:
- Primary Sources. This set is composed of two separate collections of resources related to American legal history. For the period spanning from 1620-1926, it provides a digital archive of the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, and digests. For 1763-1970, it offers United States state and territorial codes, municipal codes, and constitutional convention and compilations.
- US & UK Legal Treatises, 1800-1926. Ten million pages from more than 21,000 American and British casebooks, practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches, etc. separated into 99 subject areas.
- Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970. This collection includes superseded European, Latin American, and Australian codes, and books providing interpretive analysis of the codes.
- Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926. Features works of some of the great legal theorists, including Gentili, Grotius, Selden, Zouche, Pufendorf, Bijnkershoek, Wolff, Vattel, Martens, Mackintosh, and Wheaton, among others. It also features foreign legal treatises from a variety of countries, including equivalent works in civil-law systems such as commentaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, monographs, or festschriften. MoML FCIL also features books that compare more than one legal system and includes Ancient, Roman, Jewish Law, and Islamic Law.
- Trials, 1600-1926. Almost two million pages from more than 10,000 titles relating to Anglo-American trials. The collection includes unofficially published accounts of trials, official trial documents, briefs and arguments, and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings and arbitrations.
The MPEPIL online edition — edited under the direction of Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Max Planck Institute) in Heidelberg, Germany — is a comprehensive analytical resource covering the whole of public international law. MPEPIL includes material from the hard-copy Encyclopedia of Public International Law published between 1991 and 2001 under Professor Dr. Rudolf Bernhardt, plus online-only articles authored since 2001. Approximately 1,700 article topics have been selected by the editorial advisory board and allocated to expert authors, who are legal scholars and practitioners from all over the world and who speak in their personal capacity only. Please inquire at the Reference Desk about access to MPEPIL.
National Law Journal (NLJ) offers legal news focusing on federal and state court litigation, legislative issues, and verdicts. NLJ also offers regular columns by legal analysts and opinion pieces by lawyers, judges, legal educators and elected officials.
Newspapers (current and historical) such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post can be accessed via ProQuest’s Social Science Module on the Stanford University Databases webpage by searching under the subject “News” or for “ProQuest” or the individual newspaper’s name. Access is limited to members of the Stanford community.
Essential United States federal legislative history resource available to all Stanford University students, staff and faculty via IP range access. For easy access use: EZPROXY (under “LexisNexis Congressional”).
Reference Desk if you would like to set up an account.
Oxford Handbooks Online is a searchable platform for accessing the full-text of articles from the Handbooks in fourteen subject areas including Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition to Handbooks, the collection includes scholarly articles with new articles added monthly.
Oxford Historical Treaties (OHT) is a resource for historical treaty research and full text of The Consolidated Treaty Series, a comprehensive collection of treaties of all nations concluded from 1648 through 1919. Individual treaties from within the series are reproduced as PDFs. OHT also features the Oxford Law Citator which provides links between related cases, articles, and additional materials within OHT, other online resources from OUP, and selected third party websites.
Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) covers public international case law, reporting on international courts, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. Case reports contain the full text of each decision, headnote, summary of case facts and judicial holdings, analytical commentary, and a list of cases and instruments cited. Subscribed Oxford Reports on International Law modules include:
- Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction
- Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law
- Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law
- Oxford Reports on International Investment Claims
- Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service of the United States Courts that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and from the U.S. Party/Case Index. Access is restricted and a PACER login and a password are required. Please inquire at the Reference Desk. N.B. Before inquiring about PACER, all Stanford Law School students, staff and faculty should first activate and explore a Bloomberg Law (BLAW) account in order to try using BLAW’s “Search Dockets” function under the BLAW “Litigation & Dockets” tab or else use LexisNexis’ CourtLink product [see Courtlink entry above for log-in instructions].
English- and Chinese-language resources on Chinese law created and maintained by Chinalawinfo Co., Ltd., and the Legal Information Center of Peking University. It includes full-text databases for laws, regulations, cases, and legal news. Search tips and FAQ are available to assist your research.
Questions? Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
Essential United States federal legislative history resource available to all Stanford University students, staff and faculty via IP-range access.
RBsource is a web-based research tool powered by the Securities Act Handbook (Securities Redbook) that provides access to laws and regulations, SEC guidance, filings, no action letters, comment letters, and law firm memos. Stanford users must register with RBsource prior to access.
The Recorder is a daily news and analysis publication focused on legal, business, and technology issues that affect California legal practice.
ProQuest Regulatory Insight creates regulatory histories for individual federal statutes and Executive Orders by compiling pertinent Federal Register articles. Search forms and results filters allow researchers to search by fields including agency and subject, and refine search results.
RIA Checkpoint is a database of authoritative U.S. tax information, which includes current as well as archival tax research materials. Included in RIA is a complete library of federal, state, local and international tax materials, as well as WG&L (Warren, Gorham & Lamont) treatises and daily updates of cases and rulings. Please inquire at the Reference Desk if you would like to set up an account.
The SCC OnLine Web Edition provides full text of India law including case law, legislation, regulations, ordinances and bills. Also included are some sources and pre-statehood material. Available to Stanford Law School users only — and requires free registration — via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings.
This is an alphabetical list of many networked databases available at Stanford. Many of the resources are restricted to members of the Stanford community.
The Supreme Court Brief is a supplemental National Law Journal news and analysis publication that covers issues related to the U.S. Supreme Court including the justices, new petitions, top appellate advocates, oral arguments and decisions.
Supreme Court Insight, 1975-2016, is a complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per decision, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document by document basis. This collection covers content through the 2016/2017 term.
Provides 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. Also contains 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. Access is limited to members of the Stanford community. For easy access use: Gale Group EZPROXY or EZProxy Off-campus Access under “Gale InfoTrac – Law Databases.”
TradeLawGuide provides comprehensive access to WTO law, including agreements, rules of interpretation, and jurisprudence. Features include a citator, a subject navigator, full text searching, and jurisprudence pending. Access is limited to Stanford Law School users only via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings.
VLex’s strength is primary and secondary sources in vernacular languages from Latin America and Europe. Access is limited to Stanford Law School users only via IP range within the Stanford Law School buildings.
Access to Westlaw is limited to the Stanford Law School community and requires personal, custom usernames and passwords from each, individual user. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
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WorldTradeLaw.net provides a library of current trade news and resources as well as summaries and analysis of all WTO reports and arbitrations; a current keyword index; a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics; and a search tool for WTO cases, legal texts, and other documents.