Court Cases

Nexis Uni  Limitations on Use
Formerly known as LexisNexis Academic. Provides full text access to national and international newspaper and magazine articles and news transcripts, business, company, and industry information in the U.S. and abroad, and legal documents, including U.S. Federal and State court cases, and law reviews. Coverage varies.

Google Scholar
Activate the Cases radio button, then Select Courts. Scholar search tips

OYEZ: devoted to the Supreme Court of the U.S. and its work
The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.

  Court Listener
Hosts free federal judicial opinions, filings and oral arguments.

  How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students
Offers tips for navigating and reading legal opinions.

 Statutes & Regulations

Congressional Publications (ProQuest)
Provides access to every facet of U.S. Legislative activity: hearings transcripts and submitted testimony, committee reports, bills, public laws, congressional member public interest group ratings, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Code.

Guide to Law Online from the Law Library of Congress
A selective, annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online.

Browse collections by name for federal regulations, legislative histories and the U.S. Code. - United States Supreme Court
Offers links to unannotated state and federal statutes and court cases.

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Select Menu, All Sources, Category, More, Statutes & Regulations

Links to state consolidated statutes without annotations.

 Law Reviews (Journals)

Search the Periodicals Law collection

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Search law reviews from the "what are you interested in?" box

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Scholar search tips

 Legal News

International legal news, documents, video and commentary compiled by volunteer law student reporters and supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Supreme Court of the United States blog - SCOTUS
The US Supreme Court weblog, featuring news, information, and commentary on all things related to the High Court.

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Search menu, all sources, category, legal news.


Falvey Library Catalog
The books on legal topics discoverable here are written for a general academic audience, not for legal specialists.

Villanova University School of Law Library Catalog
This collection is build for legal scholars.  Non-Law School students may not borrow materials, but Villanova students may use materials in the library on site.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

 Legal Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Blacks Law Dictionary
The quintessential U.S. law dictionary (in print)

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
A dictionary of legal abbreviations. An outstanding free source for identifying the publications referred to by common abbreviations.

Crowdsourced legal dictionary and encyclopedia hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School

Gale eBooks
Several encyclopedias on legal topics written for the non-specialist.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

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American Jurisprudence 2nd, search menu, all sources. Ballentines Law Dictionary 3rd, search menu, all sources.

 International & Foreign Law

Constitution Finder
This database [from the University of Richmond School of Law] offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet.

EISIL Electronic Information System for International Law
"EISIL has been developed, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association that has been a leader in the analysis, dissemination and development of international law since 1906."

European Court of Human Rights
Basic treaties, court decisions and reports.

Flare Index to Treaties
Index to multilaterial treaties from 1856 to present with citations to full text. Compiled by the University of London's Institute for Advanced Legal Studies

Canadian law and international treaties

Lexis Nexis Academic  Limitations on Use
Provides access to EU and Canadian law

 Legal Research Guides

Legal Information Institute
"The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School. Popular collections include: the U.S. Code, Supreme Court opinions, and Law about..."

Law Library of Congress Legal Research Guides

 Legal Citations

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2006 ed.)
Written by Peter W. Martin of Cornell University, this is a guide to the Harvard Bluebook and ALWD citation manuals.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (print only)
Published by Harvard Law Review

The Indigo Book
A guide to the Uniform System of Citation (Bluebook) in the public domain.

topic exploration

Promising topics can be crafted out of new factual situations, new or recent changes to the law and circuit splits. 

  • News:  NYT, WSJ, Washington Post, NPR, News Hour (or any of your favorite sources for news)
  • Seton Hall Circuit Review
  • SCOTUS Blog
  • Search for state supreme court sites to browse topics before them.
  • Search for advocacy organizations such as ACLU, National Women's Law Center, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Thomas More Society, Gifford Law Center, National Immigration Law Center.  If using google topic + site:org
  • Listen Notes