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Law Databases

Use these databases to find law review articles, legal decisions and other research materials in law.

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Legal Collection
Includes secondary legal materials, such as law reviews and professional publications for a wide variety of legal issues. Currency and full-text availability varies by title.

LexisNexis Academic
Includes primary legal materials (judicial decisions, statutory and administrative codes) as well as secondary legal materials (law reviews) and non-legal resources (newspapers, television transcripts).

Supreme Court Yearbook Online (1989 - Current)
The Supreme Court Yearbook provides valuable in-depth coverage and analysis of every decision from the nation's highest court, including case summaries of every opinion written during each Supreme Court term, essays on the most significant cases from each year and the trends in each term, as well as useful tables and figures on voting patterns and trends in constitutional law.

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Provides a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Use this resource to research United States legal history.

Congress and the Nation Online (1945 - 2004)
Congress and the Nation has been the definitive resource for researchers studying the actions of the U.S. Congress. The online edition series combines the same content from the print volumes with a number of electronic features and functionality to make navigating this immense amount of content a smooth experience.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text (1968 - Current)
Contains comprehensive coverage of international journals, books, reports, dissertations, and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines. Includes selected full-text

Use to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Includes articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
Can be used to find "full text legal opinions from United States federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts." Searchable by case name or topic. Use "quotes" when searching for phrases.

LexisNexis State Capital
Provides access to state government information, including legislative information (status of bills, full text of bills, legislative calendars), state statutes, full text of state regulations, information about state legislators and their staffs, and news sources for information on state issues for all 50 states.

Ohio Capitol Connection (1989 - Current)
Ohio Capitol Connection provides information about current and past legislation of the Ohio General Assembly. Updated daily, it has the complete status and full text of bills introduced in the Ohio General Assembly. This database includes rosters of House and Senate members searchable by name or location, and addresses and biographies of the General Assembly members. While the database focuses on Ohio, information about the Federal government is also available.
Provides access to primary legislative materials for Ohio, including the Ohio Revised Code and pending bills.

Oxford Reference Online - Law
Includes full-text, searchable versions of The Oxford Companion to American Law, the Oxford Dictionary of Law, The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States and The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions.

ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional)
Brings together a vast amount of information published by and about Congress including bills, laws, regulations, hearings, and committee reports to name only a few. Many of the documents are available full text. Many of the documents are available full text and are indexed back to 1789. Includes the full text of the Congressional Serial Set from 1789 to the present. Updates and coverage vary by section.
Provides primary legislative materials for the federal level. Includes bills (currently pending and those not passed in prior sessions), public laws, hearings, and committee reports.

RIA Checkpoint
Collections include United States tax reporter library, Federal tax coordinator library, Public domain library, RIA citator 2nd, RIA tax alerts, WG & L journals (include corporate taxation, Journal of taxation, Practical tax strategies), and State and local tax materials.

U.S. Statutes at Large (1789 - Current)
This site searches the United States Statutes At Large, from 1789 to present. Statutes can be located by keyword searching, statute number, public law number or by Chapter and Congress. Full-text is available.

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Citation Indexes (1980 - Current)
Three multidisciplinary "Web of Science" databases covering the journal literature in the areas of the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Updated weekly.
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Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) (1861 - Current)
Use this resource to find doctoral dissertations and masters theses about political science. Coverage is international.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)
Full-text coverage of selected journals in all scholarly areas, including political science. This site is searchable.

JSTOR
Offers full-text of historical journals in political science and related fields. Coverage starts with the first issue of most titles and usually goes until 3-5 years of the present.

Online theses and dissertations from Ohio graduate students. Includes links to full-text.

PapersFirst (1993 - Current)
Provides access to individual papers presented at conferences worldwide, covering every congress, symposium, exposition, workshop and meeting added to the The British Library Document Supply Centre's collection. Updated monthly.

ProceedingsFirst (1993 - Current)
Provides tables of contents of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Each record contains a list of the papers presented at one conference. ProceedingsFirst provides access to the British Library Document Supply Centre's collection of conference proceedings. Updated monthly.

WorldCat
Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.

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