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What cases will I find in the Westlaw database?
- Federal and state appellate court opinions
- Federal lower court opinions
- Federal coverage begins 1790
- Will not find trial court or lower court decisions
Why would I use a database?
The World Wide Web can be useful for providing some types of information but often research using databases will provide better sources of information. Many sources in databases are not freely available from the Internet. These include magazines, legal journals, newsletters, scholarly journals, and newspapers.
Start your research on law and legal topics with these databases:
Westlaw enables students and faculty to research law-related issues. This comprehensive collection of legal content includes expert's analysis from hundreds of law reviews and journals, encyclopedias, treatises and full-text legislation, regulations, and court decisions.
ABI/INFORM Collection (Global, Archive, Dateline, Trade & Industry)
Large Business database with articles on a wide variety of topics including legal issues relating to business.
Accesses over a billion full-text news, magazine, legal, and business articles and reports, including newspapers, magazines, state and federal laws and regulations, case law, newsletters, and company and industry information.
Coverage of the U.S. Congress: including status of bills, votes and amendments, and floor and committee activity.
Provides the tools for searching the Congressional record, tracking proposed legislation by keyword and sponsor, searching Congressional hearings, the Federal register, Congressional committee schedules, finding members of Congress, and searching the National journal.
Free resource from Thomson-Reuters which includes background information and important cases for many legal topics.
Citing Law Reviews and Other Sources