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American Law Institute (ALI) Library
Dates vary

Provided through HeinOnline, the library includes full text of drafts of the Model Penal Code, Uniform Commercial Code (drafts through the 1962 official text, and confidential drafts through the 1977 revisions to Article 8), selected Restatements of the Law, and the Statement of Essential Human Rights; full text of the American Law Institute's annual reports (1937-2004), annual meeting proceedings (1923-2004), and newsletter, The ALI Reporter (1978-2005); and a guide to the American Law Institute Publications microfiche collection (2001).

Art Law and Cultural Property
Dates vary

These two sets of resources: International Cultural Property Ownership and Export Legislation (ICPOEL) and Case Law and Statutes (CLS) include legislation and case law regarding the acquisition and ownership of artworks.

International Cultural Property Ownership and Export Legislation (ICPOEL) contains legislation governing the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries. The legislation is presented in both summary form and as complete text; the latter in the original language and in translation. Selected historical legislation is also included, as, while superseded or amended, it can be useful for researchers looking for statutes applicable at the time of the acquisition, export or import of an art object. Links connect foreign legislation to relevant U.S. case law. There are also links to relevant international conventions and bilateral agreements.

Case Law and Statutes contains an extensive body of primarily U.S. case law, including both litigated cases and out-of-court settlements. The material is organized under eight topics: World War II-Era/Holocaust Related Art Loss; Cultural Property (Antiquities) Disputes Over Non-United States Property; United States Cultural Property; Art Theft (other than World War II and cultural property looting); Other Ownership Title Disputes/Claims Including Conversion and Breach of Contract; Art Fraud, Attribution, Authenticity, Forgery, Libel, and Defamatory Statements; Valuation/Appraisal; and Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Issues.

Aspen / Wolters Kluwer Law eBooks

Accessible to Law students and faculty only.

More than 250 study aid and bar review titles from Aspen / Wolters Kluwer. Titles are available to view online or to download to a PC or compatible tablet device. Titles include Examples and Explanations, The Glannon Guide, Emanuel Law Outlines, Siegel's, Case Note Legal Briefs, and many more.

Bloomberg BNA

Leading law reports, publications, and manuals from Bloomberg BNA.

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Bloomberg Law

Accessible to Law students and faculty only. Individual username and password required.

Bloomberg Law provides primary and secondary legal content, company and market information, and news, integrated with Bloomberg BNA content.

CALI: The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

Individual registration required for access.  You can get the CALI authorization code by asking a librarian for a CALI code card, or you can e-mail

A non-profit consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction and supports institutions and individuals using technology and distance learning in legal education.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is a searchable version of the manual with answers to style and editing questions, as well as the Q&A Content. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also provides Tools, such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets.
1973 - present

Formerly THOMAS. The official website for U.S. federal legislative information, including bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, committee information, treaties, and more. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

Constitutions of the Countries of the World and Constitutions of the United States: National and State

See Oxford Constitutions of the World

CQ Judicial Staff Directory

See Leadership Law Premium

CQ Political Reference Suite
1945 - present

CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's reference titles on government and politics into an electronic format that offers easy navigation between titles. Includes Congress and the Nation, Historic Documents Series, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, Supreme Court Yearbook, Vital Statistics on American Politics, and the Washington Information Directory.

CQ Supreme Court Collection
1941 - present

Provides access to tools for statistical analysis of U.S. Supreme Court Justices’ roles, opinions, and voting in cases from 1946 to the present; full text and summaries of U.S. Supreme Court opinions from October 1969 to the present; biographies of U.S. Supreme Court Justices; and articles about the Court from CQ’s Supreme Court Encyclopedia.

The Economist Historical Archive
1843 -

Full text of The Economist magazine from 1843 to five years before the present.  Includes full color images and exportable financial tables.  One may search by keyword, title, author, page number, or issue number.  Searches can be limited by date, or to photographs, advertising, tables, maps, supplements, or commentary.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online -- Law
1700 - 1799

Digital images of every page of over 9,000 books published during the 18th Century covering all aspects of 18th century Law.

Expanded Academic
1980 - present

Interdisciplinary database providing access to over 4,200 humanities, social science, science and technology journals, with over 2,500 in full-text.

Dates vary

FDsys, formerly GPO Access, is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to official information produced by all three branches of the Federal Government. For a full list of the resources available and date coverage, click here.

Foreign Law Guide

A tool for finding sources of non-U.S. law.  Provides citations to official versions of legislation for more than 190 jurisdictions, and to English language translations where available, as well as to secondary sources in English.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) Law Ebooks
2003 - present

Selected Encyclopedias and other Reference sources covering forensics and law.

Global Regulation (TRIAL)

Trial access to this resource is available through January 18, 2016.

Index of more than 280,000 regulations (linking to the official full-text source) from 31 jurisdictions (English translation available - e.g., China) and 500 manually indexed case studies.

Google Scholar
Dates vary

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.

Follow these instructions to set your Google Scholar settings for access to Drexel Full Text from off-campus.

GPO Access

See FDsys

Dates vary

Full text access to Law Reviews and Journals, including an extensive retrospective collection.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
1985 - present

Provided through HeinOnline, IFLP indexes approximately 540 legal journals published worldwide, on public international law, transnational law, comparative law, and the law of jurisdictions other than the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia; and indexes the contents of approximately 80 collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Melanges, and congress reports each year.  Some indexed articles are in languages other than English.

Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text
1981 - present

Full text plus and indexing of legal journals and books. Abstracts from as far back as 1981, Full text available from 1995 to present.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective
1908 - 1981

A bibliographic database that cumulates citations from print editions of Index to Legal Periodicals published between 1908 and 1981.

Intellectual Property Law Collectionnew
Dates vary

Provided through HeinOnline, this collection focuses on copyrights, patents, and trademarks in the United States. Materials include legislative histories, books, journals, and primary source materials for intellectual property research.

Dates vary

Interdisciplinary collection of journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. (TRIAL)
Dates vary

The trial for this database will expire on 6/5/16. collects legal news and analysis from across ALM’s national and regional publications, with the ability to view news by practice area. Publications included:
1949 - present is a full text database of English translations of primary law of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), with English language legal news, and certain other PRC secondary sources in English.  Includes full text of all PRC basic laws adopted from 1949-present; all PRC administrative regulations promulgated from 1949-present; selected judicial decisions of the Supreme People’s Court from 1993-present; selected PRC judicial interpretations of laws and regulations from 1950-present; selected PRC administrative rules and orders from 1950-present; selected local regulations and rules from 1950-present; selected PRC tax treaties; documents relating to the PRC’s accession to the WTO; and policy statements (“White Papers”) issued by the State Council of the PRC from 1991-present.

Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) Digital

Access to a wide range of legal and law-related materials, digitized from LLMC's microfiche collection. Includes U.S. Federal, U.S. States, U.S. Territories, Anglo-American Collections, Foreign Jurisdictions, International Law and Organizations, and Multi-Jurisdictional Subject Collections.

Leadership Law Premium

Accessible to Law students and faculty only.

From Leadership Directories, this database biographical and contact information for over 84,000 legal professionals, including managing partners, general counsels, law librarians, federal and state court staff, litigation support staff, and more. In addition to searching you can browse by organization, law school, or specialty. It also allows for creating custom lists and exporting of contact data.

The Legal Intelligencer
2000 - present

Accessible to Law students and faculty only.

The Legal Intelligencer is the oldest daily legal newspaper in the United States, serving the greater Philadelphia region. It includes local, state, and regional legal news, and publishes court listings and legal notices daily Monday through Friday.  It is the official publication of all Philadelphia County notices. The site has archived issues of the paper back to 2000.

Legal Scholarship Network (LSN)

Free individual registration is required for full access to this resource.

Provides job postings, professional directories, paper submission guidelines, and journal offerings for the Law community.

Lexis Advance

Accessible to Law students and faculty only. Individual username and password required.

Legal Research tool, including Shepard's Citation Service and indexing of hundreds of Federal, State, and Legal Journal publications.

LexisNexis Academic
Dates vary

Large database covering federal and state court opinions, statutes, and regulations. Also has extensive coverage of news publications, news transcripts, and company information.

LexisNexis Congressional

See ProQuest Congressional

Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
1600 - 1926

Contains full text of more than 10,000 accounts of civil and criminal trials published between 1600 and 1926, from the libraries of the Harvard Law School, the Yale Law School, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Documents include trial transcripts, briefs, transcripts of oral arguments, records of legislative and administrative proceedings, arbitration records, and popular accounts of trials.

Making of Modern Law: US and UK Legal Treatises
1800 - 1926

Individual treatises can also be searched for in the Catalog.

A reference resource covering all aspects of American and British law and encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical and practical literature for research in American and British legal history.

Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature
1450 - 1850


A collection of full-text books and periodicals on business and economics, published from 1450-1850.  Includes more than 61,000 books and 466 periodicals.  Subjects covered include trade, labor, banking, finance, manufacturing, transportation, development, economic policy, political science, law, religion, colonization, race and ethnic relations, slavery, gender relations, and the history of North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  Materials come from the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London, the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University, and the Yale University Libraries.

19th century - present


A full text database of primary law of India, with certain secondary sources, including national executive reports, commentary on national law, and forms.  Primary sources include all published decisions of the Supreme Court of India (1950-present); selected decisions of the High Courts of India (dates vary); selected decisions of administrative courts (dates vary); most national statutes and amendments in force; selected state statutes and amendments in force; most national regulations in force; national ordinances (i.e., executive orders) (1940-1948, 2001-2003, and 2005); all pending legislative bills in the national Parliament; and court rules for the Supreme Court of India and five major High Courts.  Secondary sources include reports published by Indian government agencies (dates vary); current rules of major Indian stock exchanges; official national forms on various areas of law; unofficial contract forms; and commentary on the Constitution of India and selected national Acts.

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL)
1891 - present

Provided through HeinOnline, this database contains transcripts of the proceedings of NCCUSL Annual Meetings, as well as the transcripts of the discussions of the Committee of the Whole of each Uniform and Model Act. Handbooks for each of the Annual Meetings back to the 1st Conference include pertinent information of the proceedings of that year’s conference, historical background listings, and the Uniform and Model Acts approved.

National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) Consumer Law on the Web
Dates vary

Provides online access to 20 consumer law treatises, searchable by full-text and document type, as well as online tools and forms.

National Moot Court Competition
1950 - present

Provided through HeinOnline, the database contains the winning records, briefs and related organizational materials from the 1st-59th annual National Moot Court Competitions.

NCJRS Abstracts Database
1970 - present

Contains summaries of more than 160,000 publications on criminal justice, including Federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.

New York Times (Current)
1980 - present

Full text of the New York Times from 1980 to present (no images). Full text of New York Times Magazine and New York Time Book Review from 1997 to present.

New York Times (Historical)
1851 - 2003

Full Text coverage of the New York Times from 1851 - 2003, including original images.

Oxford Constitutions of the World
Dates vary

Offers access to English language translations of the current constitutions of 203 countries and their dependencies, with scholarly commentary and citations to secondary works.  Historical documents (usually earlier constitutions) in English translation are available for many countries.  Also includes up-to-date constitutions for the United States (with commentary) and all 50 U.S. states, plus 15 U.S. territories.  Historical documents include proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution and earlier constitutions of many U.S. states.

See Smart Litigator

Pennsylvania Law Weekly

Accessible to Law students and faculty only.

Now part of the Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Law Weekly features news articles on Pennsylvania federal and state legal issues; article-length summaries of recent Pennsylvania cases; a digest of recent Pennsylvania state and federal case law; reports of recent Pennsylvania verdicts and settlements, including award amounts and names of expert witnesses; articles on legal ethics in a question-and-answer format; a database of allocatur petitions to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 2005 to present; columns by members of the Pennsylvania bar; special supplements on particular topics, including an annual “Top Cases” issue; and archives of past issues from 2000 to present.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey
1674 - 1913

Fully searchable texts detailing accounts of over 190,000 criminal trials held at London's Central Criminal Court. The crimes tried were mostly felonies (predominantly theft), but also include some of the most serious misdemeanours, providing historical insight into the daily lives of those who participated in the proceedings. In addition to searching by keyword, name, and date, the accounts can be browsed or searched by offense, verdict, and punishment.

ProQuest Congressional
1789 - present

Includes full-text of U.S. Statutes at Large (1789-present), Serial Set (House and Senate Reports complete from 1789-1969 and 1991-present; House and Senate Documents complete from 1789-1969, with selective coverage from 1995-present), Congressional Hearings (selected from 1965-2007, will eventually extend back to 1824), Committee Prints (selected from 1993-present, will eventually extend back to 1830), Congressional Record (Daily Edition, 1985-present), and Congressional Research Service Reports (1916-present), plus Federal Legislative Histories (1969-present) and Indexes to Congressional Publications (1789-present).

ProQuest Legislative Insight (TRIAL)
1789 - present

The trial for this database will expire on 6/12/16.

ProQuest Legislative Insight is a federal legislative history service that makes available professionally researched compilations of digital full-text congressional publications relevant to enacted U.S. public laws.


ProQuest Research Library
1971 - present

Interdisciplinary database offers searches across number of periodical databases covering Business, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences. ProQuest indexes more than 3,880 journal titles, over 2,620 in full text, from 1971 forward.

RIA Checkpoint Tax Research System

To use an individual login, which allows you to save preferences and more, you will need to register and then login.

A federal tax research database, featuring current awareness tools, full text of primary law, legislative history, treatises, periodicals, and reference tools.  Primary sources include: full text of current Internal Revenue Code with historical and statutory notes; pending legislation; final, temporary, and proposed regulations; U.S. tax treaties in force; Internal Revenue Bulletin (1996-current issue); Revenue Rulings (1954-present); Private Letter Rulings (1950-present); American Federal Tax Reports (1860-present); Tax Court and Board of Tax Appeals Reported Decisions (1924-present); and Tax Court and Board of Tax Appeals Memorandum Decisions (1928-present).  Secondary sources include: United States Tax Reporter; Bittker & Eustice, Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (WG&L, 7th ed., 2000- ) (currently updated); McKee, Nelson & Whitmire, Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners (WG&L, 3d ed., 1997- ) (currently updated); Eustice & Kuntz, Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations (4th ed. 2001- ) (currently updated); Journal of Taxation (1991-current issue); Corporate Taxation (formerly Journal of Corporate Taxation) (1991-current issue); WG&L Tax Dictionary (current edition); and the RIA Citator 2d (currently updated).

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

A searchable database of thousands of papers sent by the authors for submission, covering all areas of social science. Abstracts and some full text available.



United Nations Documentation Center
1946 - present

Provides access to full text of all United Nations resolutions from 1946 to present, and full text of most other UN official documents (also known as “parliamentary documents”) from 1993 to present, with selected coverage of UN documents other than resolutions prior to 1993.  Enables browsing of documents by organization, or searching a database of documents, the UN Official Document System (“ODS”).  The system also includes a guide to researching UN documents, a blog announcing new UN documents, maps, the current UN daily agenda, UN Webcasts, and the UN Library catalog, which links to UN voting records (for the Security Council from 1946-present, and the General Assembly from 1983-present).  The system does not include the following types of publications: conference room papers, certain working papers, press releases, UN sales publications, the United Nations Treaty Series, or brochures issued by the UN Department of Public Information. 

United Nations Treaty Collection
1920 - present

This official collection includes The United Nations Treaty Series (1946-2005), The League of Nations Treaty Series (1920-1944), as well as the current Status of Multilateral Treaties, and newer unpublished treaties.

U.S. Congressional Documents Library
Dates vary

Provided through HeinOnline, the library includes full text of U.S. Statutes at Large (1789-2004); Congressional Record (Permanent Edition 1873-1908, 1985-2003) (with more volumes to be added each month); Congressional Record (Daily Edition 2003-present); Annals of Congress (1789-1824); Register of Debates (1824-1837); Congressional Globe (1833-1873); American State Papers (1789-1838); and Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-1789).

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs
1832 - 1978

Contains records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978. A primary source tool for the study of American history and the U.S. judicial system.


Accessible to Law students and faculty only. Individual username and password required.

Legal research tool -- and index of Federal and State law reporters as well as law journals and law reviews.

Westlaw - TWEN

Accessible to Law students and faculty only. Individual username and password required.

TWEN (The West Education Network) is a courseware site that allows for posting of documents and other course materials, assignment submissions, forum discussions, and more.

Remote Access to E-Resources

Nearly all Drexel Libraries' resources may be accessed from off-campus by using a proxy server, through DrexelOne, or via a Virtual Private Network (VPN):