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AccessUN access to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications from 1991 - present. Includes official records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also includes the full-text of several thousand UN documents. (BC Access)

A comprehensive web-based library of primary and secondary immigration law materials, AILALink is created by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. It includes the full text of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and many other books, as well as links to cases, statutes, regulations, forms and the newsletter Immigration Law Today. (Password Access)

The American Law Institute Library (HeinOnline) contains the Guide to ALI Publications, the Statements of Essential Human Rights, and drafts of the Uniform Commercial Code. (BC Access)

American State Papers, 1789-1838 includes legislative and executive documents from the first through the 14th U.S. Congresses. (BC Access)

Antitrust Library (BNA) (BC Access)


Banking Library (BNA)  (BC Access)

Bankruptcy Library (BNA) (BC Access)

BC Libraries Electronic Databases provides access to the many electronic databases to which Boston College subscribes. Search by database name or by subject. Select the CrossSearch tab to search across multiple databases. (Web)

Bibliography of Early American Law on CD-ROM: BEAL lists and describes the book, journal and trial literature of American law published in this country or abroad, from its beginnings to the end of 1860. It also includes foreign, international and comparative law that was published in the U.S. (CD-ROM)

Bloomberg Law (BLAW) is a legal research database that includes case law, unannotated statutory codes, regulatory materials, docket information, news analysis and financial information. Law faculty and students must register with a Bloomberg representative for access. (Bloomberg Law Access)

BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) is a leading publisher of information and analysis products in law, tax, labor, environment, business and government.  BC subscribes to the BNA-ALL law school package which includes electronic access to U.S. Law Week, Daily Labor Report, and other popular looseleaf and alert services. A list of BNA-ALL databases arranged by subject is here.  BC faculty and students can also sign up for email alerts. The content of BNA-ALL is available on LexisNexis and Westlaw to members of the BC Law community.  (BC Access)

Bridgeman Education is a dedicated service that supports the use of high-quality images in education, be it teaching, research or reference. With over 300,000 images from museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use, Bridgeman Education provides access to the visual culture of every civilization and every period from Prehistory to the present day across continents and civilizations. (BC Access)


CALI: The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction - CALI is a consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-assisted legal instruction. The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over 600 interactive, self-paced computer-based lessons covering 32 legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction and can be assigned as supplemental study material or integrated with other course materials. (Password Access)

CCH Intelliconnect is a comprehensive collection of legal databases in many subject areas, including labor and employment, securities, taxation, environmental law, banking, and many more. Primary sources, secondary sources, law practice materials, and indexes are included. Researchers can select individual sources to search, or can search across all the databases. Users can also create customized legal news alerts in their fields of interest. Please note: the publisher recommends Internet Explorer for use with Intelliconnect. (BC access - plus individuals must also create a user ID.)

CCH Internet Tax Research NetWork includes primary and secondary federal and state tax materials, a daily alert, the text of CCH's Standard Federal Income Tax Reporter, Estate and Gift Tax Reporter, Tax Treaties Reporter and more; historical documents back to the 1954 Code; an archive of federal tax codes back to the 1939 code. (BC Access - plus individuals must also create a user ID.)

China Law And Practice provides breaking news, analysis and legislation updates, including Chinese legislation in English translation, banking and finance law, company structures, employment and contract law, IP law, tax and more. (Password Access)

Colonial and American Indian Treaties: A Collection. This collection, on CD-ROM, contains the full text of more than 700 agreements, some dating to the early 17th century. (CD-ROM)

Colonial State Papers has two components. First, the "CO1" collection "Privy Council and related bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers," contains scanned images of about 7,000 documents (over 50,000 pages) that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade between 1574-1757, and which relate to England's governance of, and activities in, the American, Canadian and West Indian colonies. Second, the "Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739," is a bibliographic database containing over 40,000 descriptive records. The Calendar provides summary records for CO1, as well as many other collections relating to the colonial past. Many of the bibliographic entries in the Calendar include full transcriptions, extracts or summary abstracts. The entire database is fully searchable. (BC Access)

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) covers a wide range of scholarship focusing on theory and research in international affairs; includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. 1991 to present. (BC Access)

Communications Mosaic includes materials by and about the Federal Communications Commission, including news, FCC guidance, laws and regulations, rulemaking and procedure, industry activity, and other resources. (BC Access)

Congressional Documents (HeinOnline): This database contains the full text of the Congressional Record, plus its predecessors, the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates and the Congressional Globe. Also included are the Journals of the Continental Congress and American State Papers. (BC Access)

Congressional Universe provides full text access to hearing transcripts, congressional committee reports, bills, public laws, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record from the 99th Congress forward, Federal Register from 1980 forward, the current Code of Federal Regulations, and the current US Code. 1970-present. (BC Access)

Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories (Oceana)  Note that when you link to the Oceana  web page, you must click on "Connect via IP Access" on the left side of the page, and select this title from the subscription list. (BC Law School Access)

Constitutions of the Countries of the World (Oceana)  Note that when you link to the Oceana  web page, you must click on "Connect via IP Access" on the left side of the page, and select this title from the subscription list. (BC Law School Access)

Constitutions of the United States: National and State (Oceana)  Note that when you link to the Oceana web page, you must click on "Connect via IP Access" on the left side of the page, and select this title from the subscription list. (BC Law School Access) - see

Corporate Library (BNA) (BC Access)

Corporate Reference Library (EFIS) is a sophisticated yet user friendly on-line database that opens up a plethora of corporate information and history (name changes, acquisitions, acronyms, corporate family connections and stockholder equity) on one easy to read screen. The online library is updated continuously and has 24 hour a day access to the latest available data.(BC Law Access)

Courtroom View Network provides downloadable audio versions of cases from 1L classes, plus cases from Constitutional Law, Corporations, Evidence and Intellectual Property. It also provides streaming video of seasoned practitioners from several jurisdictions arguing cases on a variety of subjects. To sign up, visit the AudioCaseFiles website, click the "Sign Up!" button and follow the instructions. Boston College Law School is a member of Courtroom View. (BC Law School Self-Registration)

CQ Encyclopedia of American Government (Congressional Quarterly) covers the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court and elections. Essays are supplemented by primary source documents, statistics and web links. (BC Access)

CQ Supreme Court Collection (Congressional Quarterly) includes biographies of Justices; statistical analysis of cases by Justice and by bloc voting for cases from 1946 forward; CQ's "Cases-in-Context" for an analysis of the Court's cases on interesting or controversial public policy topics; and encyclopedia entries detailing the constitutions of 100 countries worldwide. (BC Access)

CQ Weekly and CQ Weekly Index (Congressional Quarterly) (1998-present) provide information about Congress including analysis and status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity. (BC Access)

Criminal Law Library (BNA) (BC Access)

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) is a weekly subject index and tables of contents service for recently published scholarly legal publications. Covers journals received at the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington. (BC Law School Access)

D is an educational service that provides practical guidance on legal issues involving public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, restructurings, and more. The site includes articles, sample forms, webcasts, a discussion forum, and an online “M&A boot camp.” (Password Access)

DigiZeitschriften provides full-text access to over 100 scholarly journals published in Germany or neighboring countries since the late 1700s. The journals are in German, English, or other European languages and date back to their first volumes. Fields most prominently represented are mathematics, literature, history, the arts, economics, and law. Other fields covered include education, geology, librarianship, music, religion, sciences, and sociology. (BC Access)


Employee Benefits Library (BNA) (BC Access)

Encyclopedia of Human Rights, edited by David Forsythe, offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history in over 300 entries signed by leading scholars and human rights experts. The coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms. (BC Access)

Endangered Species & Wetlands Report (ESWR) covers the Endangered Species Act, and wetlands and private property rights issues. Includes federal court reports, the Fish and Wildlife Service's listing and critical habitat decisions under the ESA, wetlands regulation by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, and takings decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (2000-present). (BC Law School Access)

Energy Mosaic contains information for energy professionals and researchers, including laws and regulations, rulemaking and compliance, Federal Energy Regulation Commission guidance, and FERC documents. (BC Access)

English Reports (HeinOnline) This database is a fully searchable PDF reprint of volumes 1-176 of the English Reports, covering cases from 1220 to 1865. A two-volume index is available as well. (BC Access)

Environment and Safety Library (BNA) provides full-text coverage of federal and state environment and safety laws and regulations in the United States, laws and regulations in Canada and Mexico, and European Union directives and regulations; also includes the text of decisions from federal, state, and administrative courts; interactive forms, guidance documents, directories, agency memoranda; and international treaties and agreements. (BC Access)

Environmental Law Reporter is a web-based collection of materials about the environment, health and safety, toxic torts, natural resources, and land use. It includes state, national, and international news. (BC Law School Access)

Ethics Library (BNA) (BC Access)


Factiva includes the full text of the Wall Street Journal back to 1979; news and financial information for companies, industries, and general business and economic news. Sources are both U.S. and international and include: newspapers, magazines, media transcripts, wire services, pictures and web sites. Also contains over 20,000 company reports and various company and industry specific data. (BC Access)

Family Law Library (BNA) (BC Access)

The Financial Crisis News Center (CCH) is intended to provide the legal community and others with news and links to vital information on the current financial crisis. Maintained by a staff of attorney-editors, this site helps visitors track ongoing developments in this wide-ranging crisis and the multiple responses from lawmakers and regulatory agencies. Users may subscribe to receive the site’s RSS feed or subscribe via e-mail. Certain links under the "CCH Subscriber Resources" tab may not be available to all visitors. (Web)

Foreign and International Law Resources Database (HeinOnline) This database contains the full text, in PDF, of many international law yearbooks and serials, U.S. law digests, international tribunals/judicial decisions and more. (BC Access)

Foreign Law Guide is the electronic version of the well-known 8-volume “green set” entitled “Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World,” by Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores. It provides essential information on primary and secondary sources of foreign law—what it is, where to find it, and how to use it. It covers more than 170 jurisdictions worldwide. To use it, enter the website and click “Subscriber Login.” (BC Access)


Global Legal Information (GLIN) from the Law Library of Congress is a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. (Web)

Global Legal Monitor (GLM) from the Law Library of Congress tracks new legal developments from around the world. (Web)


The Hague Academy of Collected Courses Online (HeinOnline) is the electronic version of the longstanding book series on international law: Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law. It is a fully searchable encyclopedic collection on international law. The Hague Academy’s purpose is to encourage a thorough and impartial examination of the problems arising from international relations in the field of law. Given by the most prominent legal specialists in the world, the courses deal with theoretical and practical aspects, including legislation and case law. The courses are published in the language in which they were delivered, either English or French. The Collected Courses Online contains over 1200 lectures given over a period of 85 years and is constantly growing. Also contains indexes from vol.210 onwards as well as the Academy's Workshop publications. (BC Access)

Health Care Library (BNA) (BC Access)

HeinOnline provides access to law journals with retrospective coverage and many pre-1980 titles not available in other databases; also includes the Federal Register, a Legal Classics Library of treatises, a Treaties and Agreements Library, and additional federal resources. Materials are available as pdf images and as searchable text files. Additional titles and years added regularly. (BC Access)

Historical Statistics of the United States presents the numerical history of the United States. This definitive reference work contains more than 37,000 annual time series of quantitative historical information covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history: population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, governance, and international relations, all from the earliest times to the present. (BC Access)

History of Bankruptcy (HeinOnline) contains legislative histories, treaties, documents and more related to bankruptcy in America. It also features classic books dating back to the late 1800s, plus links to scholarly articles pertaining to the study of bankruptcy laws. More material will be added to this library over time. (BC Access)

History of International Law (HeinOnline) includes more than 500 titles and 550,000 pages dating back to 1690 on international law subjects such as War & Peace, the Nuremberg Trials, Law of the Sea, International Arbitration, Hague Conferences and Conventions and much more. (BC Access)

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The HSDL is composed of homeland security related documents collected from a wide variety of sources. These include federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, professional organizations, think tanks, academic institutions, and international governing bodies. Resources are carefully selected and evaluated by a team of librarians and subject-matter specialists. (BC Access)

Homeland Security Library (BNA) (BC Access)


IBFD Tax Research Platform. IBFD, the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, offers a comprehensive package of international and country-specific tax materials, searchable by format, topic, or country. Materials include journals, e-books, case law databases, news services, and surveys and analyses which enable researchers to research tax-related topics in one or more countries at a time.(BC Access)

Index to Common Law Festschriften: the German word Festschrift refers to a published collection of legal essays written by several authors to honor a distinguished jurist or to mark a significant legal event. There are about 270 common law Festschriften indexed on this database, amounting to over 4,500 chapter entries. In addition, there are more than a thousand entries of English language contributions to predominantly foreign language, non-common law Festschriften from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. (Web)

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (HeinOnline) indexes articles and book reviews published worldwide, including journals, essays, festschrifts, and congress reports. Covers comparative law, international law (public and private), and municipal law of countries other than the United States and the United Kingdom. 1985 - present. (BC Access)

Index to Legal Periodical Literature 1726-1922 is incorporated into the 19th Century Masterfile database; indexes early law journal articles.  (BC Access)

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books is a bibliographic database that cites articles from legal periodicals from 1980, and indexes law books published in 1993 and later. Periodical coverage includes law reviews, bar association journals, yearbooks, institutes and government publications. Includes indexing of court decisions. (BC Access)

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective is a bibliographic database with links to full-text databases, including HeinOnline. Cites articles from legal periodicals, university publications, yearbooks, institutes, and government publications. Includes book reviews and case citations. Covers legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Covers 1918 – 1981. (BC Access)

Intellectual Property Library (BNA) (BC Access)

International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations is updated monthly and features searchable PDFs. Materials include English translations of important labor and industrial relations laws of over 20 nations, international and regional case law, and treatises covering labor relations in over 65 countries and internationally. Topics include developing trends in the relationship between management and labor, and the work of major international bodies such as the ILO, NAFTA, OECD and The EU. (BC Access).

International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) is a case reporting service that brings you the most important public international law issues being decided today in domestic courts around the world. Legal experts select the most important cases in over sixty countries (approximately 150 per year). They provide detailed analysis of the core legal issues, highlight the most salient points of the case, and provide historical and legal context to understand the significance of the decision. Translations of key passages of non-English judgments appear alongside the full text of the judgments in the original language. (BC Law School Access)

International Law Reports ( covers all significant cases of public international law from 1919 to the present day. It features regular and systematic reporting in English of decisions of international courts and arbitrators as well as judgments of national courts concerning international law. Cases reported are prepared at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

International Library (BNA) (BC Access)

International Tax Library (BNA) (BC Access)

International Trade Reporter (BNA)  provides comprehensive, up-to-the-minute information on developments affecting the trade and international business policies of the U.S. and major U.S. trading partners. (BC Access)

ISOnet Forms Library - Offered by the Insurance Services Office, the Forms Library on ISOnet offers access to more than 9,000 personal and commercial insurance forms and endorsements from all fifty states. The database contains all simplified ISO forms in effect (based on ISO filings) on or after January 1, 1994, and is updated daily. Forms are searchable by state, effective date, line of business, or form type, and may be downloaded as PDF or MS Word documents. To access ISOnet's Forms Library, click "Forms Library" in the drop-down menu at the top left of the page and then ask a reference librarian to log you in with the Library's username and password. (Password Access)


The JSTOR project is a digital archive of fully searchable back issues of scholarly journals in anthropology, Asian Afro American studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, general science, history, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, and statistics. Coverage dates vary. (BC Access)

JustCite (from is an online citator for UK statutes and cases. For more information, see JustCite Quick Start Guide. (BC Law School Access)

Justis provides full-text searching of UK statutes and cases from the English Reports. Statutes database includes Acts of Parliament of England, Wales and Scotland (1235-present); from the Magna Carta to the present, including repealed legislation. The English Reports covers English case reports from 1220 until 1873. Click here for a chart that compares Justis' database of statutory law to the UK Statute Law Database, a free database of English statutory information. To log in, enter as the User ID. Personal registration (optional) allows enhanced functionality.  For further instructions, see Justis Quick Start Guide. (BC Law School Access)


Knowledge Mosaic is the gateway to several databases in the Mosaic suite, including Communications Mosaic, Energy Mosaic, and Securities Mosaic. Materials include news, weekly updates, and congressional, agency, judicial and business information. (BC Access)


LatinNews: Since 1967, LatinNews (Latin American Newsletters) has been acknowledged as the foremost source of intelligence on political and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read by business executives, the financial services sector, government officials and leading academics alike, LatinNews’ comprehensive range of print and online resources offers subscribers a reliable, accurate and timely source of insight into key events that shape the region. (BC Access) provides access to a database of employment law cases, arbitration cases, NLRB cases and advice memorandum, EEOC materials, and articles of interest in areas of employment law. Limited to Law School faculty, staff and students. (Password Access)

The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: This CD-ROM contains more than 1.5 million facts about cases and activities handled by Abraham Lincoln, indexed by legal and historical topics. The CD includes essays on Lincoln, and facsimile images of all documents in the collection. (CD-ROM)

Leadership Library on the Internet provides high-quality contact information for the leaders of major United States government, business, professional, and nonprofit organizations at the federal and state levels, including courts and law firms. This is the electronic version of the “Yellow Book” directories. (BC Law School Access)

Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) (part of SSRN) contains abstracts of scholarly working and forthcoming papers in the field of law as well as an electronic paper collection currently containing over 37,700 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. (Web)

LegalTrac (a.k.a. Current Law Index a.k.a Legal Resource Index) indexes legal publications from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; includes some full-text articles; covers academic law reviews, professional bar journals and legal newspapers, case notes, biographies, and legislative news and analysis. Comparable coverage to the publisher's print index, Current Law Index. Also includes law-related articles from business and general interest titles. 1980 - present.  (BC Access)

LexisNexis Academic is an index database with links to some full-text articles that cover news; industry and market news; legal news and research; company financial information; medical topics; accounting, auditing, and tax information; law reviews; case law; U.S. Code. (BC Access)

LexisNexis Congressional Universe provides full text access to hearing transcripts, congressional committee reports, bills, public laws, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record from the 99th Congress forward, Federal Register from 1980 forward, the current Code of Federal Regulations, and the current US Code. 1970-present. (BC Access)

LexisNexis Environmental provides access to environmental abstracts from 1975 to present and includes local to world-wide journal articles, conference papers and proceedings; often links to the full-text of the abstracts; also includes full-text news, journals and commentary; federal and state codes and regulations; and federal and case law and agency actions relating to environmental issues. Dates of coverage for primary materials vary. (BC Access)

Lexis/Nexis State Capital provides access to bills, laws, constitutions, proposed and enacted regulations; legislature membership, and newspapers of record for one state, any combination of states or all 50 states. Compare law and public policy developments. Monitor proposed and enacted state laws. Analyze national and regional trends. Covers all 50 states from 1991, selected from 1990. (BC Access)

Litigation Library (BNA) (BC Access)

LLMC Digital - Law Library Microform Consortium Digital: federal legislative, administrative and judicial materials from the collections of government and academic law libraries; new materials added regularly; this on-going digitalization project will eventually include full-text of materials in many areas including canon law, military law, Native American law, the Yale Blackstone collection, the law of Commonwealth countries, and civil law of western European countries. Each title is cataloged individually in Quest. (BC Access)


Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 provides digital images of more than 21,000 legal treatises on nineteenth and early-twentieth century American and British Commonwealth law. Covers domestic and international law, legal history, business and economics, politics and government, national defense, criminology, religion, education, labor and social welfare, and military justice. Includes analytical, theoretical, and practical literature available in casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches. Keyword and full-text searching. Each title is cataloged individually in Quest. (BC Access)

Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources. Based primarily on holdings of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University, this product offers online access to early state codes, city charters, documents relating to constitutional conventions, and other resources in American legal history. (BC Access)

Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926 is an extensive full-text collection of Anglo-American trials. This archive grants researchers access to unofficially published accounts of trials, as well as briefs, arguments and other trial documents where these were printed as separate publications. Documents are in PDF format and are fully searchable. (BC Access)

Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978 is a fully searchable database of approximately 11 million pages and more than 350,000 separate documents. Approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases are featured, the majority consisting of those for which the Court did not give a full opinion. (BC Access)

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills in 35 languages, including 11 English courses for non-English speakers. (BC Law School Access)

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly is the Massachusetts legal newspaper. Many Massachusetts court opinions, news articles and practice commentaries are included. Current materials are open access. Access to archived materials (1993+) requires a username and password. Ask for assistance at the Law Library Information Desk.

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online is written by over 650 scholars and practitioners from around the world, and edited by a team from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. This online resource includes more than 700 new topics not covered in the previous print edition, and will be updated quarterly. The database features an extensive search functionality and click-through cross references to other Encyclopedia entries, and access to the Oxford Law Citator. (BC Law School Access)

MCLE Online Library: This database provides unlimited online access to MCLE's entire collection of practice handbooks, checklists and forms, as well as much of the content found in their printed course materials. More than 5,000 forms, 3,000 articles, and 94,000 pages of CLE content are searchable by keyword, date, practice area, and more. Note: First-time users must register with MCLE. Visit the MCLE Online Library, click "create new account" in the yellow box, and fill out the form. You must use your BC email address. When you finish, click "create account" at the bottom of the page and wait a few minutes before signing in. (Password Access)

Miller's Standard Insurance Policies Annotated provides access to standard property and casualty insurance policies, with links to editorial annotations for all U.S. caselaw interpreting policy language. Please see a Legal Reference Librarian to be logged in to this database. (Password Access)

MyiLibrary currently consists of two collections of full-text electronic books in PDF format. Contents include 104 law-related titles from Cambridge University Press published between 2005 and 2007, and 59 titles from Kluwer Law International published between 1994 and 2005. (BC Access)


The National Law Journal site provides access to an exact digital copy of the print version of the National Law Journal, a weekly legal publication. One full year of back issues are also available. (BC Law School Access)


NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository (bePress) Working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO (New England Law Library Consortium) member schools. Includes Boston College Law School Faculty Papers and Boston College Law School Lectures and Presentations. (Web)




The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History is a comprehensive, international, interdisciplinary reference work that includes approximately 1,000 articles on all aspects of legal history throughout the world from ancient to modern times. Articles deal with private law, public law, and constitutional/higher law throughout the world; each article is signed by one of the set's many noteworthy contributors, which include major scholars and experts. (BC Access)


Oxford Reports on International Law is a website that contains several international case law modules of material from international courts and tribunals, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals. Modules include International Law in Domestic Courts and the Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction, which includes cases from the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of International Justice. The cases are all linked to the Oxford Law Citator, which is also available at this site. (BC Law School Access)




Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and the U.S. Party/Case Index via the Internet. Each court maintains its own databases with case information. Links to all courts are provided from the main web site. The PACER Service Center is run by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. (Password Access)


Partnerships database, a product of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), provides information about international and cross-border taxation issues. It includes information about types and uses of partnerships, including detailed documentation, with references to relevant laws and decrees, case law and a bibliography. It also includes material about company law and tax law. Countries covered include Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. (BC Access)


Pratt's Financial Services Law Library. This leading publisher in the financial services industry compiles their analytical treatises, journals and digests on four major topics of banking law: consumer lending, commercial lending, account/payment systems and the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/ALM) update. Also, Pratt's monthly newsletters including Bank Law and Regulatory Report, Consumer Credit and Truth in Lending Report, Mortgage Compliance Letter and CRA Fair Lending Bulletin are fully searchable. Documents from a number of federal agencies, including the FDIC, FFEIC, FRB, OCC and OTS are also included in this electronic resource.


Product Liability Library (BNA) (BC Access)


ProQuest Congressional (previously LexisNexis Congressional) indexes and abstracts Congressional publications and legislative histories and provides the full-text of many publications, as well as key regulatory and statutory resources.  Complete legislative histories with links to full-text documents are available for all public laws from 1999 to current; abbreviated legislative histories are available for all public laws from 1969 to 1998.  BC’s subscription includes PDFs of published House and Senate hearings from 1824 to current; unpublished House hearings from 1833 to 1979 and from 1980 forward as available; and unpublished Senate hearings from 1824 to 1984 and from 1985 forward as available.  The full-text of most House and Senate reports and documents are available from 1990 to current (see separate U.S. Congressional Serial Set database for PDFs of reports from 1817 to 1980).  Other offerings include the full-text of the Congressional Record Daily Edition from 1985 to current; selected congressional testimony transcripts from 1988 to current; current committee rosters and schedules; current congressional rules; bill text and tracking from 1989 to current; public laws from 1988 to current; Federal Register from 1980 to current; Code of Federal Regulations from 1981 to current; and the current U.S. Code.  Political news from The Hill, The Washington Post, and Roll Call is also available.  ProQuest continues to expand the availability of full-text documents. (BC Access)




The Religion Case Reporter indexes federal and state cases from 1997 to present that are concerned with religion and law. Access is through a subject index and a Table of Statutes. (BC Access)


RIA Checkpoint provides full-text access to a wide variety of RIA federal, state and international tax resources, including US Tax Reporter, Federal Tax Coordinator 2d, US tax treaties, a citator service, a dictionary, tax alert services, and selected journals and WG&L tax treatises. Use the drop-down menu on the left to select a practice area -- e.g. Federal, International, State & Local, etc. (BC Law School Access)


Rise of American Law (Westlaw) is a full-text collection of about 400 historic 19th and 20th-century legal texts, including treatises, histories and early editions of the legal encyclopedias American Jurisprudence and Corpus Juris. The material is integrated into Westlaw and is searchable using the Westlaw search functionality (click on Westlaw Research tab and then type "Rise of American Law" or "ROAL" into the "Search for a Database" box). (Password Assigned)




Securities and Corporate Responsibility Library (BNA) (BC Access)


Securities Mosaic allows researchers to locate SEC data by text, company, date, and SIC code. The database contains all SEC filings, exhibits, registration statements, forms, and other materials. Also included are relevant laws and regulations, SEC guidance materials, SEC enforcement actions and litigation news, agency news, and more. (BC Access)


The Selden Society Library (HeinOnline) "contains official publications from the Selden Society including the Selden Society Annual Series vols. 1-117 (1887-2000), the Supplementary Series vols. 1-13 (1965-2000), and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society." (BC Access)


The Social Law Library site provides access to Massachusetts court opinions including daily slip opinions from the general state courts, and opinions of special courts, such as the Housing and Land Courts; the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR); and decisions of many administrative boards and departments, such as the State Ethics Commission. (BC Law School Access)


The Social Science Research Network/SSRN is composed of specialized research networks in the social sciences which index submitted abstracts on accounting, economics, financial economics, legal scholarship, and management (including negotiation and marketing). (Web)


State House News Service is a private reporting service located in the Massachusetts State House. Access to reporters' coverage of all Senate and House debates from 1986 to present; reporters' articles on legislative public hearings from 1986 to present; and feature stories authored by News Service staff on political and policy issues, including Governor's Council activities. Press releases issued by individual legislators, local lobbying groups, and governmental offices which are distributed to the State House News Service are included from 1998 to present. (Password Access)


State Session Laws (HeinOnline)  This database contains PDF images of the session laws of all fifty states, plus the United States and Canada. Coverage varies among jurisdictions. (BC Access)


Statistical Universe allows searching of statistical tables and of abstracts, which are summaries of statistical publications and which provide comprehensive overviews of documents. In addition to subject searching, searches may be limited by geography, demography, economically and by frequency of data. (BC Access)


Superfund Information Service (EFIS) is the most comprehensive EPA Superfund database available in the U.S. today. It is based on a digitized database containing complete document detail for virtually every Superfund Consent Decree and Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) issued from the inception of the EPA Superfund program to date. (BC Law School Access)


Supreme Court Insider offers news coverage, interviews, videos, and statistics covering the US Supreme Court. Email alerts (daily while the Court is in session; weekly at other times) are also available. (BC Law School Access)



Tax Analysts, a non-profit service, provides news, analysis, commentary and documents in its weekly Tax Notes and Tax Notes Today (federal tax law), State Tax Today (U.S. state and territory tax law), as well as Tax Notes International, World Wide Tax Daily and Worldwide Tax Treaties (which includes legislative histories, case law and original treaty language texts). The Federal Research Library contains a wealth of U.S. federal tax primary source materials. Choose from the list in the left-hand column of the Tax Analysts web page. (BC Law School Access)




Taxation & Economic Reform Library (HeinOnline) contains tax regulations, laws, and hundreds of legislative histories of tax laws dating back to the late 1700s. A custom-built index tool enables a researcher to quickly locate a document in HeinOnline just as if you were using the printed index volumes. It also allows you to search across decades of tax laws, thus tracing the development of a law back to its inception. The collection also contains legislative histories of laws pertaining to the history of economic reform, stock reform, stimulus plans and other economic regulations in the U.S. (BC Access)




Tax Library (BNA) (BC Access)


Tax Notes includes full-text access to the current weekly issue of this journal and the option to search the archives from 1998 to date by code section and date. Tax Notes is updated through Tax Notes Today. Choose these titles from the list in the left-hand column of the Tax Analysts home page. (BC Law School Access)


TechAgreements provides lawyers and business professionals with access to nearly one million agreements used in over 500,000 transactions covering over 30 industries, with over 1,000 agreements added every week. Agreements are pulled mainly from SEC filings and are searchable by subject, industry, law firm, governing law, company name, and more. Coverage begins in 1996. BC users must register with a BC email address, and request email delivery or data download via a "shopping cart' model. All costs are covered by Boston College Law School under a license agreement with the database vendor. (BC Self-Registration) is an educational service that provides practical guidance on legal issues involving corporate and securities regulation and corporate governance practices - as well as many other areas affecting today's corporate practitioner. The site features news, specialized topic areas, sample documents and law firm memos. An e-mail newsletter is also available. (Password Access)


Trade and Commerce Library (BNA) (BC Access)


Treaties and International Agreements Online (Oceana) provides searchable access to the full text of over 12,000 treaties to which the US is a party and approximately 1,500 tax treaties where the US is not necessarily one of the parties. Note that when you link to the Oceana Publications, Inc. web page, you must click on "Connect via IP Access" on the left side of the page, and select "Treaties & Int'l Agrmts" from the subscription list. (BC Law School Access)



The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online by the UK's Statutory Publications Offices. It contains the current versions of statutes, statutory instruments and related materials, as well as some historical information. Click here for a chart that compares this website to Justis, another database of English statutory information to which the library subscribes. (Web)


U.N Documents and Publications Index on CD-ROM: This index provides author, title, subject and keyword indexing for retrospective documents and publications. These documents may be found on microfiche in the BC Law Library’s Microform Room. When using this index, note the following information: Session #, U.N. Body, Year, Document #. (CD-ROM)


United Nations Law Collection (HeinOnline) offers digital access to exact reproductions of the major United Nations law publications, including a complete collection of the United Nations Treaty Series (1946-current), International Court of Justice Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders (1947-current), Reports of International Arbitral Awards (1948-current), the United Nations Treaty Handbook, Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, and more. Also included are several U.N. Yearbooks. Finding aids allow researchers to search for treaties by UNTS citation, treaty number, country, popular name, short title, signing date, and more. (BC Access)


United Nations Treaty Site contains the treaty guide "Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General", as well as the full text of all treaties appearing in the United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS), the League of Nations Treaty Series, and the text of recently deposited multilateral treaties. (Web)


U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 includes reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, originally published in approximately 13,800 bound volumes. (BC Access)


U.S. Law Week (BNA) provides the full-text of U.S. Supreme Court cases retrievable by name, date of decision, and topic; includes daily updates, docket information, and petition summaries for the Court; also includes "case alerts" highlighting significant lower court cases and providing summaries and analysis; e-coverage of issues since June 24, 1997. (BC Access)


U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs - see Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978.


U.S. Treaty Index: This CD-ROM is an index to treaties and agreements entered into by the United States form 1776 to 1990. It does not provide the full text of the treaties. You can find the full text in the books titled United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, at call number KZ 235.3 .U55. When using this index, copy down the Treaty # of the treaty you want to find. (CD-ROM)




vLex contains primary legal materials from many jurisdictions. It includes more than 51 million documents from 133 jurisdictions, all of which are searchable in 13 languages. Coverage is expanding constantly, but the US, UK, Spain, Brazil and Mexico have the most material. Access is limited to 5 simultaneous users. (BC Law School Access)





Westlaw China is a Chinese online legal database containing comprehensive laws, regulations, cases and selected model contracts and legal journals, and current awareness covering the practice areas of legal professionals who specialize in Chinese law. (BC Law Access)

World Constitutions Illustrated (HeinOnline) brings together modern and historical constitutional documents, books, articles, bibliographic references, and web sites for approximately 200 countries. Though it varies by country, most material is in English as well as the source language. Also included is the complete set of the British & Foreign State Papers, one of the greatest collections of legal and political documents ever published. (BC Access) is a legal research tool for WTO dispute settlement. Features include an up-to-date keyword index and a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics. (Web)

World Trials (HeinOnline) This database contains searchable full-text PDF images of U.S., English and international trial collections, including Howell’s State Trials, American State Trials, Nazi war crimes trials, famous individual trials such as Baby M, Sacco & Vanzetti, and Leopold and Loeb, and related treatises on jury trials and criminal evidence. (BC Access)