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U.S. Cases:

Westlaw Campus (Thomson Reuters) Remote access available Full text available
Cases from the courts of all 50 states and the federal courts; statutes from all 50 states and federal statutes published in the United States Code Annotated; federal regulations published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations; annotations from American Law Reports, a publication containing attorney-written articles that summarize and analyze case law on a particular legal issue; articles from American Jurisprudence 2d, a comprehensive encyclopedia of state and federal law articles from law reviews and journals.

Courts of Appeals Cases, Combined (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains all available case law from the First through Eleventh Circuits, as well as the District of Columbia and Federal Circuit, along with the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, the Emergency Court of Appeals, and selected unpublished decisions from 1990.

Environmental Cases and Decisions (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Federal and state court cases, along with decisions from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and state agencies.

Federal and State Cases Search (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Complete combination of Federal and State caselaw includes U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and State Caselaw for all 50 States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories. Also included are specialty courts such as Military Appeals, Customs, Patents, Tax, Trade, Commerce, Veteran Appeals, and Bankruptcy.

Landmark Cases (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Direct links to the text of important cases arranged by subject: Abortion and birth control - Capital punishment - Civil commitment - Affirmative action - Homosexuality - Racial discrimination - School desegregation - Sex discrimination - Elections - Freedom of religion - Freedom of speech and of the press - International law - Mental competency - Right to attorney - Right to bear arms - Right to die - Separation of powers - Terrorism - Unreasonable search and seizure.

Legal Reference Search (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the full text of American Jurisprudence 2d (an encyclopedic text that collects, examines, and summarizes the broad principles of American state, federal, criminal, civil, and procedural law and provides direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms, proofs, and trial techniques), as well as Ballentine's Law Dictionary, Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations, Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Professionals Listings, and Martindale-Hubbell Law School Directory.

Shepard's Citations (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Retrieves prior history, subsequent history, and all citing references for citations to federal cases, state cases, and law reviews.

Supreme Court Briefs (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Earliest brief dated August 12, 1936 through current. Includes merit briefs for cases granted certiorari and special masters, amicus curiae briefs, and joint appendices beginning in January 1979, with selected coverage from 1936. All briefs are available for cases granted certiorari beginning after the 1993-1994 term; also includes briefs petitioning for certiorari in civil cases (other than habeas cases) from the 1999-2000 term through current. For civil cases where cert. is denied, briefs are provided for cases on the paid docket but are not provided for cases on the In Forma Pauperis docket. No cert-stage briefs are provided for habeas cases or for criminal cases that are summarily decided or where cert. is denied.

Supreme Court Cases, Lawyers' Edition (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains the full text opinions of all Supreme Court Lawyers' Edition cases since 1790. In addition, all dispositions of cases that were appealed to the Supreme Court are included.

Tax Law, Federal (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Federal tax cases, decisions, codes, statutes, guidelines, notices, etc.

Tax Law, State (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
State tax cases, decisions, codes, statutes, guidelines, notices, etc.


U.S. Statutes, Laws, Codes, Regulations, Etc.:

Westlaw Campus (Thomson Reuters) Remote access available Full text available
Cases from the courts of all 50 states and the federal courts; statutes from all 50 states and federal statutes published in the United States Code Annotated; federal regulations published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations; annotations from American Law Reports, a publication containing attorney-written articles that summarize and analyze case law on a particular legal issue; articles from American Jurisprudence 2d, a comprehensive encyclopedia of state and federal law articles from law reviews and journals.

Code of Federal Regulations (browse) (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains searchable or browsable full text of all titles from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFR is a codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published originally in the Federal Register by executive departments and agencies of the federal government. The browse feature also allows you to view sequentially related code sections while retaining your search results.

Constitution (browse) (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains searchable and browsable text of the Constitution of the United States from the United States Code Service. Includes explanatory notes and references to American Jurisprudence, law review articles, interpretive notes, and case decisions.

Environmental Cases and Decisions (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Federal and state court cases, along with decisions from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and state agencies.

Executive Orders (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains all Executive Orders as printed in the Federal Register.

Federal Agency Decisions, Combined (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains the combined opinions of various federal agencies.

Federal Register (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
The Federal Register is the official vehicle for making the regulations and legal notices issued by the federal agencies and departments available to the public. These include federal agency documents, such as regulations (proposed, temporary, amended, and final) having general applicability and legal effect, documents required to be published by act of Congress, federal agency documents of public interest, meeting notices, and Presidential proclamations and executive orders. Covers March 14, 1936 through to the present.

Federal Statutes and Regulations Search (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Annotated U.S. Code (United States Code Service), Constitution of the United States (USCS), Public Laws, CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), and Federal Register.

State Statutes and Regulations Search (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the text of the constitutions, statutory codes, and administrative codes for all states and territories in the United States.

Tax Law, Federal (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Federal tax cases, decisions, codes, statutes, guidelines, notices, etc.

Tax Law, State (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
State tax cases, decisions, codes, statutes, guidelines, notices, etc.

United States Code Service: USCS (browse) (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
This searchable and browsable databses contains the statutory code for the United States of America as published in the compilation entitled United States Code Service. It includes all laws of a general and permanent nature, as enacted by the United States Congress. Includes references to American Jurisprudence, law review articles, and case decisions.


Law Reviews, Journals, and News:

Environmental Law Periodicals (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Articles from law journals and legal newsletters covering environmental topics.

Federal Register (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
The Federal Register is the official vehicle for making the regulations and legal notices issued by the federal agencies and departments available to the public. These include federal agency documents, such as regulations (proposed, temporary, amended, and final) having general applicability and legal effect, documents required to be published by act of Congress, federal agency documents of public interest, meeting notices, and Presidential proclamations and executive orders. Covers March 14, 1936 through to the present.

Law Reviews and Journals (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Full text journals that are dedicated to the scholarly review of a variety of legal topics and developments and are of importance to students, practitioners, and academics. Covers banking, bankruptcy, civil procedure, constitutional, criminal, environmental, healthcare, immigration, labor, legal ethics, securities, sports & entertainment, and tax law.

Law Reviews, Combined - Selected Elder Law Reviews (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains the full text of journal articles that are dedicated to the scholarly review of elder law and are of importance to students, practitioners and academics.

Legal News (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains the text of legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.

U.S. and Canadian Law Reviews, Combined (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains the full text of documents which are dedicated to the scholarly review of a variety of legal topics and developments and are of importance to students, practitioners and academics.


Books, Encyclopedias, and Research:

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

American Law Yearbook (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
This annual supplement to West's Encyclopedia of American Law updates and expands the content with dozens of new topics. The 2005 edition covers the Schiavo case, the Michael Jackson case, and biographies of new attorney general Alberto Gonzales and other important government appointees, in addition to the Supreme Court docket and more.

Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Spanning the disciplines of law, political science, and history, this covers doctrinal concepts of constitutional law, judicial decisions, public acts, statutes, treaties, executive orders, and historical periods. Includes chronologies and a glossary of legal terms.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the theory and history behind the law as well as practical information on dealing with the law and its everyday effect upon citizens. Includes brief descriptions of each issue's historical background, profiles of various U.S. laws & regulations, details of how laws & regulations vary from state to state, bibliographies of print & web resources, and lists of relevant organizations.

Landmark Cases (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Direct links to the text of important cases arranged by subject: Abortion and birth control - Capital punishment - Civil commitment - Affirmative action - Homosexuality - Racial discrimination - School desegregation - Sex discrimination - Elections - Freedom of religion - Freedom of speech and of the press - International law - Mental competency - Right to attorney - Right to bear arms - Right to die - Separation of powers - Terrorism - Unreasonable search and seizure.

Legal Reference Search (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the full text of American Jurisprudence 2d (an encyclopedic text that collects, examines, and summarizes the broad principles of American state, federal, criminal, civil, and procedural law and provides direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms, proofs, and trial techniques), as well as Ballentine's Law Dictionary, Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations, Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Professionals Listings, and Martindale-Hubbell Law School Directory.

Major Acts of Congress (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
An illustrated encyclopedia of congressional acts from the earliest days of the American republic up through recent years. Broadly applicable to students as well as general readers, this reference work is suitable for high school and college students, public library patrons, and professionals seeking comprehensive information on the legal statutes that affect all of us.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (LexisNexis) Remote access available
Search for lawyers and firms by name, agency, company, firm, city, county, state, country, area of practice, or language.

National Survey of State Laws (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

West's Encyclopedia of American Law (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


International Law:

Canadian Legislation (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Canada statutes and regulations - Alberta statutes and regulations - British Columbia statutes and regulations - Ontario statutes and regulations.

Canadian Court Cases (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Covers Federal Courts, Privy Council, Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Court Martial Appeal Court, Tax Court, and Exchequer Court. Includes Appellate, Superior, Provincial, and Territorial Courts for Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

U.S. and Canadian Law Reviews, Combined (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains the full text of documents which are dedicated to the scholarly review of a variety of legal topics and developments and are of importance to students, practitioners and academics.

European Union, Commonwealth, and Foreign Nations: Laws, Cases, and Treaties (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
EUR-Lex European Union Cases - EUR-Lex EU Legislation - EUR-Lex EU Parliamentary Questions - EUR-Lex EU Preparatory Acts - EUR-Lex EU Treaties - EUR-Lex EU National Provisions Implementing Directives - Australian Commonwealth, State & Territory Case Law - Commonwealth & Irish Cases, Combined - Gatt Panel and World Trade Decisions - Hong Kong Cases - Hong Kong Public Law Reports - International Legal Materials - Irish Cases: 1950-2010 - New Zealand Cases - Northern Ireland Reported and Unreported Cases - Malaysia and Brunei Cases - Butterworths South African Constitutional Law Reports - UK Cases, Combined Courts - U.S. Treaties in Force - U.S. Treaties on LEXIS.


Also of Interest:

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides multidisciplinary background information on the governments, political issues, and citizen politics in every independent nation of the world (and several non-independent territories), covering both their structure and how they affect citizens in the daily exercise of their rights and responsibilities. Includes historical surveys on different types of political systems; sidebars that explore key people, themes, & events; biographical sketches; a selection of primary documents; the intricacies of international relationships in a global environment; and the roles of international courts & supranational institutions such as the United Nations & the European Union.

World of Forensic Science (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


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