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U.S. Law & Legislative History

LexisNexis/Lexis Advance & Westlaw/WestlawNext (SLS Databases)

Access to comprehensive U.S. law and secondary sources, business information, and both current & historical news coverage.

HeinOnline (SLS Database)

Contains full text of many law journals dating back to the 1800s. Users may browse by journal name, author or article, and full-text searching is also available. Numerous other valuable products are also available (such as Bar Journals, the Code of Federal Regulations, English Reports (Full Reprint, 1220-1867), Federal Register Library, Foreign Relations of the United States, Israel Law Reports, Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, Pentagon Papers, Subject Compilations of State Laws (1960-2010), Treaties and Agreements Library, United States Code, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court Library). Access to HeinOnLine is limited to the Stanford University community. For off-campus access use: HeinOnline EZPROXY

ProQuest Congressional (SLS Database)

Essential United States federal legislative history resource available to all Stanford University students, staff and faculty via IP-range access. For off-campus access use: ProQuest Congressional EZPROXY

Bloomberg BNA (SLS Database)

BNA [Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.] -- now formally Bloomberg BNA -- publishes over 200 print and electronic news, analysis, and reference products that provide widely-respected, intensive coverage of legal and regulatory developments for decision makers in business and government. All BNA Law Reports are now also available on Bloomberg Law (BLAW) -- please see below for more information about BLAW. And you are welcome to contact the Reference Desk with questions. BNA access is limited to the Stanford Law School community. Within the law school buildings, IP access is provided. For off-campus access, please contact

Bloomberg Law (SLS Database)

This product is from the well-known provider of business and financial news data and described as an "all inclusive tool providing in-depth legal analysis, filings, opinions, real-time and archival news, indexes, rankings, company and biographical information, research and streaming live trial coverage on a single, integrated desktop platform." Access is via either of the two dedicated Bloomberg terminals on the first floor of the law library or, more conveniently, using a Bloomberg Law" (BLAW) account on any computer connected to the Internet/World Wide Web. Stanford Law School students, staff and faculty may go here to apply for an account. For further information, please inquire at the reference desk by telephone to 650 725.0800 or by e-mail to the Reference Desk or call or email the below BLAW representative directly.

LexisNexis Academic Universe (SLS Database)

Provides access to various databases, including current news, business information, company directories, federal and state laws, regulations, legal cases, medical and references.

PACER (SLS Database)

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service of the United States Courts that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and from the U.S. Party/Case Index. Access is restricted and a PACER login and a password are required. Please inquire at the Reference Desk. N.B. Before inquiring about PACER, all Stanford Law School students, staff and faculty should first try using BLAW (above) or LexisNexis' CourtLink product via the following pathway, after logging in to LexisNexis: LEXIS/NEXIS > Legal > Court Records, Briefs and Filings > Court Records > Litigant, Attorney, & Judge Strategic Profiles

Federal Digital System (FDSys)

Official U.S. Government information migrated from GPO Access, occurring on a collection-by-collection basis.


Library of Congress’ contemporary federal legislative portal, searchable back to the 101st Congress (1989-1991).

Source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. Government agencies, including all proposed and final federal rules, as well as notices – as published in the FR – and additional supporting materials, public comments, and federal agency guidance and adjudications.

Court Websites

Court websites often provide access to several years’ worth of recent opinions, briefs and other case documents. (e.g. SCOTUS; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court Northern District California)

Legal Information Institute

Access the U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, case law, and other collections on Cornell University Law School’s respected research and electronic publishing site.

Justia & Findlaw

Opinions from and information about U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal, and District Courts, state courts. Searchable and browsable.

Fastcase (SLS Database)

Fastcase is an online legal research tool providing access to federal and state cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and bar publications by keyword (or “Boolean” search), natural language search, or citation lookup. Information about Fastcase's scope of coverage and documentation is on the product website Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community.

Contact with any access issues.