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Frequently Used Resources
For a list of all resources, click the Law Library A to Z List of Databases.
Legal Research Platforms
The following are the legal research platforms most frequently used by law faculty and students.
Core Legal Research
Containing primary legal materials (cases, statutes, and regulations) for U.S. federal and state jurisdictions, this resource is particularly popular for conducting federal docket research and for access editorial content from the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA).
Formerly Lexis Advance, Lexis+ is one of the premier legal research platforms, containing cases, statutes, regulations, constitutions, forms, treatises, law reviews, leading newspapers and magazines, reference items, and select international content.
Westlaw Edge is one of the premier legal research platforms, containing cases, statutes, regulations, constitutions, forms, treatises, law reviews, leading newspapers and magazines, reference items, and select international content. Westlaw accounts are available for law school faculty, staff, and students only. See a reference librarian for details.
(Formerly LexisNexis Academic) For non-law users, NexisUni provides a campus-wide legal research platform, with content and features very similar to Lexis+.
Other Popular Legal Research Platforms
Three additional legal research platforms frequently sought by our faculty and students for their depth of coverage and their editorial content are:
VitalLaw (formerly Cheetah)
VitalLaw (formerly Cheetah) provides access to in-depth knowledge and expertise from WK attorney specialists and experts including deep, rich, analytical content and explanations; curated primary source (laws, regulations, and cases) with history lines and notes; a variety of CCH and Aspen Publishers titles; and practical tools, news, webinars, white papers, and blogs.
HeinOnline is a legal research collection that features a broad collection of digitized primary and secondary sources in law, known especially for their extensive law journal collection, and their historical collections of U.S. legal materials, and select foreign and international law collections.
A comprehensive resource for U.S. Congressional publications providing indexing, abstracts, and full text (PDFs and html) for legislative documents from 1789 forward. Documents include committee reports, House and Senate documents, committee prints, bills, hearings, Public Laws, Statutes at Large, the Congressional Record, and more.
E-Books & Study Aids
LexisNexis Digital Library
Access LexisNexis e-books, including many state statutory codes, prominent treatises, and study aids, including the Mastering and Q&A series. Authentication with IU credentials to access.
West Academic Study Aids
Online access to West Academic’s popular hornbooks and nutshells.
Frequently Used Multidisciplinary Platforms
These databases and websites are frequently used by our faculty and students for research across other disciplines.
This is a special version of Google's index to scholarly content on the web that connects to full-text resources available to IU users. (Includes HeinOnline and JSTOR content.) Requires sign-on for off-campus use.
Contains full text of many scholarly journals, largely in the fields of ecology, economics, education, finance, history, mathematics, political science, and population studies.
SSRN (Social Science Research Network)
Pre-print service and institutional archives of academic journal articles.
IU Libraries Research Resources & Catalogs
IU Libraries Databases
For additional research platforms the IU Libraries subscribe to:
IU Libraries A-Z List
A-Z list of databases made available campus-wide by the IU Libraries, covering a wide array of disciplines.
To search for books and other library content:
IUCAT is the online catalog for the Indiana University library system.
Catalog of more than 100 million records from libraries around the world.
IU Bloomington: access restricted to Indiana University users or on on campus.
Universal: open access to anyone
Password Protected: requires an individual password; for assistance contact a reference librarian.
Law School Community: access restricted to law school users or on-site at the Law Library.
US Government: open access to anyone
Indiana: open access to anyone