Catalog and Law-Related Databases

Many of these resources are governed by license agreements that limit use to GMU students, faculty, staff, and on-site users of Mason Libraries. Some databases are limited to members of the GMU Law School community only. Off-campus use may require that you enter your GMU userid and password.

Shortcuts to the Most Popular Databases

Bloomberg Law
Restricted access Law school only Provides access to Dockets, Company/Market Info, News, Legislative Watch, Regulatory Watch, DealMaker and Bloomberg Law Reports. For User Name and Password see the Reference Office.
BNA Libraries (Bloomberg)
Restricted access Law school only BNA databases cover a wide range of legal subjects, including: business law, criminal law, environmental law, labor law, intellectual property, professional ethics, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Law Library subscribes to all BNA databases, many of which provide daily or weekly email alerts. View a list of all available databases.
CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)
Restricted access Law school only A collection of over one hundred interactive, computer-based lessons designed to augment traditional law school instruction. Access is limited to GMU Law School students, faculty and staff. To obtain the password to download CALI lessons, contact the Law Library Reference Office, Room 141.
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Allows you to search for the meaning of an abbreviation by abbreviation or by the full title. Use the Index to decipher an unknown citation or to learn the common abbreviation for legal sources from around the world. Focuses on English language legal publications from the UK, the Commonwealth, and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law. Some major foreign law publications are also included.
CCH IntelliConnect - Tax
Restricted access Contains tax news as well as federal and state tax information. Included are tax codes, regulations, court cases, rulings, legislative documents, treaties, IRS publications, as well as CCH explanations and analyses. Note: You will be required to register in order to access the site.
Congress.gov
A new platform for U.S. Congressional information including legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). This service will replace THOMAS by the end of 2014.
Constitutions of the the World (Oxford)
Restricted access Law school only Contains fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual jurisdictional commentaries, and supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical versions of constitutions, and amendment Acts/Laws. Users also have access to the Oxford Law Citator which offers easy access linking to related content available in all new Oxford online legal services.
CQ Press Library
Restricted access CQ Press Library integrates various reference titles on government and politics, incuding CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly, the Supreme Court Collection, the Voting and Elections Collection, and more, into a user-friendly, electronic format. Users have the ability to cross-search resources within the CQ Press Library.
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Restricted access 1473-1700. This collection contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.
EconLit
Restricted access Abstracts, 1969-present, Updated monthly. Indexes and abstracts 400 journals as well as working papers, dissertations and books. Produced by the Journal of Economic Literature. [ProQuest]
Economist Historical Archive
Restricted access Law school only 1843-2009. The Economist Historical Archive is a searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2009. Full-color images, multiple search indexes, exportable financial tables and a gallery of front covers highlight a key topic of each week, all combine to offer a primary source of research covering the 19th and 20th centuries.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online - Law (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only 1701-1800. A digital collection of over 9,000 legal treatises published in the British Empire and covering a critical era in the development of Anglo-American law and legal practice. British common law, which served as the underlying basis for the laws of the British Colonies in the Americas and elsewhere, was undergoing a crucial transformation. Reflecting this change were the many works published that summarized the laws, explained the court system, dramatized past and pending cases, guided newly minted as well as old and wizened attorneys, and theorized and commented on the application of legal standards.
EUR-Lex
Provides direct free access to European Union law. The system makes it possible to consult the Official Journal of the European Union and it includes inter alia the treaties, legislation, case-law and legislative proposals.
Factiva
Restricted access Over 8,000 sources (coverage varies). Delivers articles from more than 4,000 Reuters and Dow Jones journalists worldwide - just minutes after the news appears in real-time services. Factiva provides access to more than 900 non-English sources. (Note: This service replaces Dow Jones Interactive)
Foreign Law Guide
Restricted access Law school only Online guide to current codes and legislation in 178 foreign jurisdictions. For each country there is a brief introduction to the legal system and legal history, a list of codifications and other legal documents, followed by a subject listing of sources of law. The guide identifies available English translations and is updated frequently.
Gartner
Restricted access Gartner is a daily resource for news and in-depth analysis on virtually all aspects of technology, including security solutions, storage, infrastructure support, mobile and wireless communications, IT management, network services, and regulatory compliance. Media featured on the site include Webcasts, podcasts, and blogs.
GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys)
GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.
HeinOnline
Restricted access Law school only A constantly growing collection of legal periodicals that currently includes over 1,600 full-text journals. Also includes the following collections: American Indian Law, ALI Library, Bar Journals, CFR, English Reports, Federal Register, Foreign & International Law Resources, Intellectual Property Law Collection, Israel Law Reports, Legal Classics (more than 2,500 legal treatises), National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, National Moot Court Competition, Philip C. Jessup Library, Selden Society Publications, State Session Laws, Subject Compilation of State Law, Treaties and Agreements, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Agency Documents and Decisions, U.S. Federal Legislative Histories, United Nations Law Collection, Virginia Supreme Court Briefs, World Constitutions Illustrated, and World Trials Library.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Restricted access Law school only 1985-present. Provides access to legal literature worldwide, covering all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes comparative law and legal systems, such as Islamic law; socialist law; public and private international law; and transnational commercial law. The types of documents covered include journal articles, congress reports, essay collections, yearbooks, and book reviews. Produced at the Berkeley Law Library, University of California Berkeley for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).
Index to Legal Periodicals & Books
Restricted access Law school only 1908-present. An international index that covers 850 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, bar association publications, university publications, and government publications from 1908 to the present. Also includes coverage of 1,400 monographs per year. Provides full-text for more than 400 periodicals as far back as 1994.
JSTOR
Restricted access Coverage varies. The complete text (full back runs) of core scholarly journals in Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies and Sociology.
Kluwer Arbitration
Restricted access Law school only An online resource for international arbitration research that contains the full text of almost 1,700 Bilateral Investment Treaties; over 5,400 court decisions and 1,800 arbitral awards; Kluwer Law International arbitration materials, both books and journals, and over 600 laws for key jurisdictions.
Knowledge Mosaic
Restricted access Law school only Provides in-depth federal statutory, regulatory, enforcement, and disclosure information with a specific focus on heavily regulated industries including securities, finance, communications, technology, and energy. The service includes real-time access to SEC EDGAR and a Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Tracker.
Leadership Library (Yellow Books)
Restricted access Law school only This service, which is updated daily, is a personnel contact database of the institutional leadership of the United States. It integrates 14 Yellow Book directories and enables subscribers to search for information on 400,000 individuals at 40,000 leading U.S. government, business, professional, and nonprofit organizations.
Legal Collection (EBSCO)
Restricted access 1965-present. Legal Collection from EBSCO is a collection of scholarly publications including law journals, documents, and case studies, including over 250 full-text journals. This database provides information centered on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, and ethics. Indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.
LexisNexis
Restricted access Law school only A full-text online legal research system available to GMU Law School students, faculty and staff for educational research purposes. Includes the full text of judicial opinions, statutory material, administrative regulations and decisions, and other legal and nonlegal resource materials. For more information, contact the Law Library Reference Office, Room 141.
LLMC Digital
Restricted access Law school only Full text, PDF access to the Law Library Microform Consortium collection of legal and government documents. The collection includes historical U.S. state and federal primary documents from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. In addition, there is a growing collection of foreign and international legal materials, which is particularly strong for Canada and the United Kingdom. LLMC Digital also has a unique collection of Haitian legal materials.
Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only 1600-1926 . Provides full-text access to international and foreign law primary source materials, including monographs on the laws of foreign jurisdictions covering dozens of countries. Coverage is primarily from the 19th and early 20th century, but there are also several hundred classics in European international law since the 17th century. Also, provides comparisons to multiple legal systems, including Ancient Law, Roman Law, Jewish Law, and Islamic Law.
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only 1800-1926. Provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on U.S. and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to legal history.
Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only Series I: 1620-1926; Series II: 1763–1970. Series I contains a fully searchable digital archive of the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests and more. The second series consists of United States state and territorial codes, municipal codes, and constitutional convention and compilations that researchers will find invaluable for tracing major legal topics across all states and territories.
Making of Modern Law: Trials (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only 1600-1926. This fully searchable digital collection is comprised primarily of holdings of the Harvard and Yale law libraries and includes unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs and arguments; and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings and arbitrations. The overall archive — comprising more than 10,000 titles — also contains unique documents from the Library of the Bar of the City of New York.
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
Restricted access Law school only This comprehensive online encyclopedia contains over 1,600 peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. It is written and edited by a team of over 800 scholars and practitioners, published in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and updated throughout the year. Users also have access to the Oxford Law Citator which offers easy access linking to related content available in all new Oxford online legal services.
Mergent Horizon
Restricted access Provides users with seamless capabilities for finding, filtering and organizing information about companies and industries. Comprehensive coverage is provided for all companies that are actively traded on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ — over 6,200 in total, with enhanced product-level detail for 3,700 companies in the Healthcare, Technology, Media and Finance sectors.
Mergent Online
Restricted access Offers an integrated solution for private and public company information covering 10,000 public companies and their SEC filings and current and historical annual reports. Provides up to 4 years of key financial information on over 400,000 global private companies with integrated screening and searching for public and private companies. Full company reports in printable PDF file format and ability to view competitors on both private and public companies.
Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
Restricted access Law school only The Oxford Scholarship Online-Law Collection is a large portion of Oxford's legal treatise collection, including new titles from the series: Oxford Studies in European Law, Oxford Monographs in International Law, Oxford Monographs in Criminal Law and Justice, Clarendon Studies in Criminology, Oxford Monographs in Labour Law, Oxford Studies in Modern Legal History, Oxford Studies in International Economic Law, and the International Courts and Tribunals series, alongside many others.
Patents - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
1976-present. Full-text of U.S. patents issued by the USPTO since 1976. Displaying and printing of full images requires a TIFF browser plug-in.
Practising Law Institute Discover Plus
Restricted access Law school only This fully searchable database contains all PLI published materials, including treatises, course handbooks, and answer books. In addition, there are searchable and downloadable legal forms, as well as program transcripts from their continuing legal education seminars.
ProQuest Colonial State Papers
Restricted access Law school only 1574 - 1757. Provides access to thousands of papers that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade between the 16th and 18th centuries, and that relate to the governance of, and activities in, the American, Canadian and West Indian colonies of England. Also includes the Calendar of State Papers Colonial – an advanced bibliographic search tool providing over 40,000 records of bibliographic description.
ProQuest Congressional
Restricted access Law school only [Formerly LexisNexis Congressional] Provides the full text of Congressional publications in searchable PDF format including Committee Prints (1817-present); Congressional Record (1789-1999, 1985-present (daily)); House and Senate Hearings (1824-present); House and Senate Documents and Reports (1817-present); Bills (1789-present); Legislative Histories (1969-present); CRS Reports (1916-present); and the Serial Set (1789-present).
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Restricted access Full text of the Atlanta Constitution 1868-1945; Boston Globe 1872-1981; Chicago Defender 1910-1975, Chicago Tribune 1849-1988; Christian Science Monitor 1908-1998; Los Angeles Times 1881-1989; New York Times 1851-2009; Wall Street Journal 1889-1995; and Washington Post 1877-1996.
ProQuest Legislative Insight
Restricted access Law school only A Federal legislative history service that will eventually provide approximately 18,000 legislative histories covering laws from 1929 to the present. The service includes bills (all versions), reports, documents, CRS reports, committee prints, speeches in the Congressional Record and presidential signing statements. Additional legislative histories, most prior to 1929, will be added through the end of 2014.
ProQuest Research Library
Restricted access The database includes more than 5,000 titles - over 3,500 in full text - from 1971 forward. It features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.
ScienceDirect
Restricted access Provides online access to over 600 journals published by Elsevier and its partners. Journals are available for most disciplines, including science, medicine, economics and the social sciences. (Elsevier)
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
The SSRN eLibrary consists of abstracts on over 300,000 scholarly papers with more than 250,000 of them full-text documents downloadable in PDF format.
Social Sciences Citation Index
Restricted access Abstracts, 1980-present, over 2.8 million articles. A multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts for over 60% of the articles, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. [Web of Science - ISI]
State Capital (LexisNexis)
Restricted access Access to state government information including state bills and laws, constitutions, proposed and enacted regulations, newspapers of record, articles about legislative issues affecting the states, and legislature membership.
Statistical Datasets (ProQuest)
Restricted access World’s largest collection of organized statistical data which offers interactive data visualization, including interactive maps, trends and rankings; the ability to compare data from different datasets and publishers; and instant access to more than 500 datasets. Options to export into MS Excel, XML, and PDF.
Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Restricted access Abstracts, 1973-present. Provides fast and easy access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. Includes the ability to search nearly a million tables, many are available as downloadable spreadsheets.
THOMAS
Current and Historical; A free service of the Library of Congress. THOMAS puts Federal Legislative information on the internet. Databases in the THOMAS system include: Congress Now (floor actions), Bills, Congressional Record, Committee information, and more. Also includes a historical section.
Thomson Reuters Checkpoint (Formerly RIA Checkpoint)
Restricted access Law school only Contains a substantial collection of primary tax materials, including tax legislation and IRS materials.  In addition, Thomson Reuters Checkpoint provides full-text access to several journals from WG&L and Thomson Reuters, as well as current news about tax legislation and caselaw.
U.N.'s Official Document System
The official search and access system for U.N. Documents such as resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and Trusteeship Council. Documents are comprehensive from 1993 onwards and are being added on an ongoing basis for pre-1993. To search for a document by document symbol, click on "previous ODS search page" from the main page.
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only 1832-1978. Features a fully searchable database of approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases from the generation before the American Civil War to the decade of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Document types include Appellant's Brief, Appellee's Brief, Oral Transcript, Petition, Petition for Rehearing, Petition for Writ of Certiorari, among other sources. Part of the Making of Modern Law series.
United Nations Treaty Collection
Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, and the United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS). Over 40,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties.
United States Treaties
The U.S. Department of State publishes Treaties in Force (TIF), which details the over 10,000 U.S. treaties and international agreements in force as of January 1 of each year, and Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS).
Vault Online Career Library
Restricted access This database is a compilation of career information and management tools. It provides access to industry and company profiles, including extensive coverage of law firms and the legal profession. To use this database, you must set-up an individual username and password.
Virginia Legal Forms Library (Gale)
Restricted access Law school only Virginia Legal Forms Library contains a comprehensive collection of several thousand legal forms, including business, personal, litigation and federal forms. Forms are officially approved forms actually used by law firms. Completed sample forms are also included.
VIVA
Restricted access VIVA is a consortium of state and private academic libraries in Virginia that provides online library resources to its students and faculty including access to almost 200 databases, 10,000 full-text journals and newspapers, and more than 750,000 additional full-text materials.
West Online Study Aids
Restricted access Law school only An online subscription-based service that provides electronic access to over 350 study aids from West, Foundation Press and Gilberts, including Nutshells, Concise Hornbooks, Sum and Substance, and Gilbert Law Summaries. GMU law students may access these materials through their Westlaw account.
Westlaw/TWEN
Restricted access Law school only A full-text online legal research system available to GMU Law School students, faculty and staff for educational research purposes. Includes the full text of judicial opinions, statutory material, administrative regulations and decisions, and other legal and nonlegal resource materials. TWEN (The West Education Network) is used by many law faculty to post class materials. For more information, contact the Law Library Reference Office, Room 141.
WorldCat
Restricted access Records of any type of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Includes manuscripts written as early as the 12th century.
WRLC Libraries Catalog - ALADIN
Union catalog of nine WRLC member libraries (incl. American, Catholic, Gallaudet, George Washington, Georgetown, Marymount, Mason, Trinity and UDC). For current GMU materials, use Mason catalog.