Louis L. Biro Law Library

Specialized Databases

The American Bench 
A comprehensive online directory of more than 19,000 judges with profiles of federal and state courts, judicial boundary maps, and gender diversity surveys.

AudioCaseFiles
A large number of court opinion audio files and streaming video of actual trials. Students can register using their JMLS e-mail address.

Bloomberg Law
Databases of dockets, caselaw, statutes, and regulations, corporate and transactional materials, news, treatises from the ABA and the Practicing Law Institute, and much more. JMLS students, faculty, and staff need to register for accounts using their JMLS email address (ignore activation code field).

Bloomberg BNA
More than 100 important BNA reporters and newsletters as well as access to the Benefits Practice Center, Intellectual Property Library, Labor and Employment Library, and Tax and Accounting Center.

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Lessons
More than 600 computer-based tutorials in more than 50 legal subject areas. Request a CALI authorization code from the Reference Desk.

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly (FIPV)
A journal devoted to bringing professionals in the field a practical focus on the best new ideas for preventing, prosecuting, and treating family and intimate partner abuse. Each issue of FIPV summarizes important research on violence, abuse, and maltreatment with a focus on specific strategies for bringing healing and justice to the lives of victims. Articles examine approaches to understanding and dealing with traditionally recognized forms of maltreatment such as domestic violence and child abuse, as well as Internet crimes and teen dating violence.

Fastcase
A primary law database alternative option to Westlaw and Lexis. It includes searchable state and federal case law, statutes, regulations, and court rules.  

FirstSearch
A collection of databases that includes WorldCat, a unified catalog of 72,000 libraries and several article databases on education, government, business, and science. Use Worldcat to locate and borrow materials from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan. See the ILL FAQs.

Foreign Law Guide
Formerly Reynolds & Flores' loose-leaf set Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World; this online resource is the gold standard in foreign legal research. It provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of high-quality current sources, both print and electronic, of foreign laws in their original language as well as English translations.

HeinOnline
A very useful database of extensive full-text digital image libraries. Libraries include The Law Journals, Bar Journals, ALI (including the restatements of law), ABA, State Session Laws, Federal Materials, Historical Treaties, and the History of Tax and Bankruptcy Libraries.

IntelliConnect
The online research platform of Wolters Kluwer, CCH, and Aspen Publishers. It brings together primary content, secondary analysis, and treatises in a wide variety of practice areas, including tax, corporate, securities, employee benefits, and intellectual property. Access is limited to current JMLS students, faculty, and staff.

Illinois Institute for Legal Education (IICLE) SmartBooks
An essential online research library concentrating on Illinois law. It contains electronic versions of more than 100 IICLE practice handbooks providing "how to" instructions often with sample forms. Access is limited to JMLS students, faculty, and staff. Alternatively, the print handbooks are available to use in the library.

Investment Arbitration Reporter
Provides news reports, articles, and analysis of materials relating to foreign investment protection, dispute resolution, and policy making.

Justis International Law Reports (ILR)
Justis Publishing in the UK produces the ILR which contains court decisions and arbitrations from international courts and national courts around the world on important public international law topics (e.g., international boundaries, state and diplomatic immunity, war, terrorism, international criminal law, investor state disputes, and refugee law). All decisions are available in authoritative English translation. ILR coverage dates from 1919 to present.

Law Journal Press (LJP)
Full text of selected LJP treatises. Treatises cover a variety of subject areas, but many are focused on intellectual property and information technology law.

LawTRIO Law Publications Database
A searchable database of more than 7,500 legal titles combined from Legal Looseleafs in Print, Legal Newsletters in Print, and Directory of Law-related CD-Roms. This tool is best used to look for a title in a particular area of law. These titles are not full text.

LexisNexis
Access is limited to JMLS students, faculty, and staff. Individual login required.

LexisNexis Advance
Access is limited to JMLS students, faculty, and staff. Individual login required.

LexisNexis Academic
Federal and state caselaw and statutes, full-text news, business, and legal periodicals. The legal tab includes law review articles from more than 500 legal journals, news from more than 300 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, and access to Shepard's for all federal and state cases.

LoisLaw
Aspen treatises and forms in multiple practice areas, e.g., real estate, estate planning, litigation, torts, etc. Access is limited to JMLS students, faculty, and staff.

Mango Languages
An online language-learning system including more than 60 languages (and English lessons in 17 languages).

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online
A comprehensive work with hundreds of articles covering essential topics in international law.

National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) Manuals' Companion Websites
Online supplementary material for NCLC's consumer law–oriented print treatises. Topic coverage includes utilities, arbitration, automobile fraud, banking, bankruptcy, class actions, collection actions, cost of credit, credit discrimination, fair credit reporting, fair debt collection, foreclosures, repossessions, student loans, truth in lending, unfair and deceptive practices, and warranty. Each companion website provides access to the appendix of each treatise plus many additional documents, such as pleadings, forms, statutes, regulations, agency interpretation, and legislative and regulatory history. Check the library catalog for the print treatises.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online
The online version of the 20-volume OED in print. OED is often authoritative on the meaning, history, and pronunciation of English language words.

ProQuest (PQ) Legislative Insight
More than 18,000 legislative histories of laws enacted from 1929–2012. Each PQ legislative history is a professionally researched compilation of all congressional publications generated during the legislative process. Each history includes the full text of the public law, all versions of related bills, Congressional Record excerpts, House and Senate documents, committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are presidential signing statements, Congressional Research Service reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background information.

Research Institute of America's (RIA) Checkpoint Registration page
A major tax research platform with extensive content, including the U.S. Tax Reporter, the tax code and tax regs, tax journals, worksheets, and much more. Students and faculty may access through the link above or register while on the JMLS network to create alerts and customize the platform. 

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM)
The library offers a limited number of users access to this international arbitration and ADR service. It includes access to the TDM journal, news articles, related international laws, treaties, regulations, and tribunal awards. Contact a reference librarian if you are interested in TDM.

Westlaw
Access is limited to JMLS students, faculty, and staff. Individual login required.

Westpac
The library has acquired access to Westlaw content for use by JMLS alumni and CBA members. It includes federal and state primary law materials, many Illinois secondary resources and forms, and other legal materials. Note that Westpac is only available in the library and is limited to two users at one time.

WorldTradeLaw.net Dispute Settlement Commentary Service (DSC)
Provides summary and analysis of WTO reports and arbitrations.

Yellow Books
An online directory of state and federal judges and attorneys in large law firms. Print versions are also available in the library.

Links


Quick Links