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Below is an alphabetical listing of subscription databases relevant to the study of law.  For a full listing of UMKC databases, visit the MERLIN Articles and Databases page. UMKC students, faculty and staff may access the University Libraries’ databases, online journals, and e-books from off-campus. Guests must visit one of UMKC's libraries to access most of these databases.

Explore databases (A-I)

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO Host) is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, and more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage includes monographs, educational, public policy and scientific reports, conference proceedings and indexing of several newspapers.

AILALink (American Immigration Lawyers Assn.) provides fully searchable access to immigration-related statutes, regulations and case law; agency correspondence and manuals; AILA/government liaison minutes; immigration forms; and AILA publications.

Art Law and Cultural Property

Providing major new resources that govern the acquisition and ownership of artworks—International Cultural Property Ownership and Export Legislation (ICPOEL) and U.S. Case Law and Statutes (CLS)—this section also contains foreign cultural affairs contacts and a legal glossary. Registration to access the more detailed materials will help us evaluate the usefulness of the site and improve its next iteration.

Law students and Faculty have access to a 60-day trial access keys to the Bluebook Online. through the Law Library Online Chat during business hours or by emailing umkclawlibrary@umkc.edu or visiting Chat. Visit www.legalbluebook.com to redeem your key. The subscription is active 60 days from the date you redeem this key on the website.

Bloomberg Law includes Bloomberg BNA as well as its own flagship law services platform that competes with Lexis and Westlaw.

BNA publishes over 100 daily and weekly reports of news, analysis and reference products, providing intensive coverage of legal and regulatory developments for professionals in all sectors of business and government.

CALIproduced by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, consists of computer-mediated legal instruction.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac includes the legislative activities of the U.S. Congress, comprehensive roll call votes for all major legislation, authoritative coverage of the people, elections and controversies in the U.S. Congress, and in-depth review and analysis of legislation and policy.

Congressional Quarterly Researcher Online provides unbiased coverage of a wide range of domestic and international issues. Each report provides researchers with an overview, background and chronology, a current assessment, tables and maps, pro/con statements and bibliographies.

Congressional Quarterly Weekly (October 1, 1983 - present) is a weekly journal for the CQ Researcher.

Early English Books Online contains full-text images of virtually every work printed in the U.K., British North America and in English printed elsewhere between 1473 and 1700 — from the first book printed in English by William Caxton through Shakespeare and the English Civil War.

Environment & Energy Publishing is the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets. E&E's five daily online publications are "must-reads" by people who track and influence energy, environmental and climate policy.

EUR-Lex includes European Union law and other public EU documents, and authentic electronic Official Journal of the EU in 24 languages.

Fastcase is a legal research service with searching, sorting, and visualization tools. Fastcase’s libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as Federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms, and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings through content partners.

Gale Digital Collections includes Making of the Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926; Eighteenth Century Collections Online; Making of the Modern Law Trials, 1600-1926; U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978; Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources; and, 16th and 17th British State Papers.

HeinOnline provides full access to complete runs of more than 500 law journals. It also includes the Federal Register, treaties and related publications, U.S. Supreme Court materials, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and International materials.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations.

Explore databases (J-R)

JSTOR contains full-text articles from selected journals in a broad range of disciplines, including African-American studies, art, ecology, economics, education, history, law, literature, music, general science, sociology, and statistics.

Kansas City Business Journal offers access to comprehensive coverage of business news in Kansas City.

LLMC Digital (Law Library Microfilm Consortium) contains digital images of books and serials focusing primarily on U.S. and Canadian law. Includes U.S. federal documents from the legislative, executive and judicial branches; Canadian federal and provincial documents; and other publications.

LexisNexis for Law Schools (limited access) covers worldwide news sources, broadcast transcripts, foreign language publications, business and company information and data, law reviews and legal sources and biographical sources.

Making of the Modern Law Making of Modern Law contains more than 1,300 titles (2,225 volumes) and over 1.8 million pages of legal primary sources from 1620 to 1979, including federal, state, and municipal codes, constitutional conventions, and other documents.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford) is a comprehensive resource of peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. Written and edited by scholars and practitioners and regularly updated, this work is essential for anyone researching or teaching international law.

Mergent Online contains public company data for 15,000 domestic and foreign public companies including inactive companies. Features include historical daily pricing and charts, bond portraits and industry reports, and 70+ searchable stock indexes. Searchable by NAICS and SIC codes.

MOspace is a repository for scholarly work by the University of Missouri faculty, staff and students. MOspace makes created knowledge and research products available to researchers and assures the preservation of these materials for the future.

The National Consumer Law Treatises (NCLC) treatises are considered the “go-to” resource for legal issues such as debtor rights, mortgages and foreclosures, credit and banking, deception and warranties, and consumer litigation.  Each of the 21 treatises is fully integrated with sample pleadings, primary sources, and practice aids. They are a great resource for individuals seeking to understand their legal rights in the consumer arena, as well a key tool for supporting low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice.

NewsBank contains America's Historical Newspapers; Latin American Newspapers; American State Papers, 1789-1838, and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 (including the Serial Set Maps).

Practical Law

Practical Law gives you access to practice notes that offer how-to guidance, standard documents that provide a better starting point, current awareness emails that keep you up to date, plus more.

Practical Law Connect

Thomson Reuters Practical Law Connect integrates Thomson Reuters Practical Law legal resources with essential Thomson Reuters Westlaw legal research.

ProQuest Congressional contains full text and abstracts for historical and current congressional publications. Includes legislative histories; biographies; committee assignments; voting records; financial data; and full text of hearing transcripts, committee reports, bills, Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations.

The ProQuest E-book collection consists of 14,940 law-related titles that provide authoritative content from scholarly sources such as University Presses and other top legal publishers.  E-books are available on any mobile device and can be downloaded for offline access.

ProQuest Legislative Insight histories are comprised of fully searchable PDFs of full-text publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking. Each history includes the full text of the public law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background material to aid in the understanding of issues related to the making of the law.

Explore databases (S-Z)

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a set of several specialized research networks, including the Legal Research Network (LSN). It is a repository of pre- and post-print scholarly articles.

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint includes tax, financial and accounting information from Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint includes tax, financial and accounting information from Thomson Reuters.

TradeLawGuide (TLG) was created by a team of trade lawyers, researchers and legal knowledge engineers so that WTO law could be researched in a methodical, comprehensive and efficient manner. 158 countries are Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). TLG is the leading research database for this important field of international economic law. It is used on a regular basis by the WTO itself, as well as by WTO Member countries, law firms and academic institutions around the world. While many materials are available on the WTO website, TLG offers efficient and effective tools for researching WTO jurisprudence, the texts of the WTO agreements, dispute settlement documents, and Uruguay Round negotiating documents.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains legislative history from 1817-1980.

University of Missouri Digital Library includes the Nazi Nuremberg photos collection, the Leon E. Bloch Sir Edward Coke Collection, and many other items digitized by the University of Missouri.

West ProView eBooks

PUse your trusted reference eBooks on your smartphone or laptop for fast, efficient, mobile legal research. UMKC users have access to ProView eBooks of any current West book in our print collection.

West Academic Study Aids provides students 24/7 digital access to skills-based titles, treatises, study aids and audio lectures to help students succeed in law school and prepare for practice. Includes the complete Acing, Bridge to Practice, Building Skills, Concepts and Insights, Concise Hornbooks, Developing Professional Skills, Exam Pro, Gilbert Law Summaries, Global Issues, High Court Case Summaries, West Hornbooks, Law School Legends Audio, Law Stories, Legalines, Nutshells, Short & Happy Guides, and Sum and Substance Audio series, and more.

West Document and Form Builder

Westlaw Form Builder is an online legal document assembly tool, providing template, organization, and automated content management. Westlaw Form Builder can be accessed from any desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

West Drafting Assistant

Drafting Assistant for transaction and litigation documents helps you draft faster, locate authority, check citations, and ensure your accuracy.

Westlaw (limited access) is a flagship service that provides the full text of court decisions, statutory provisions, administrative materials, law review articles, Supreme Court briefs, and other legal and business materials.

Westlaw China Westlaw China online legal database is a powerful legal research tool customized for legal professionals, based on Westlaw. Editors carefully review and organize laws and regulations as well as court cases of mainland China in order to provide users with well-processed legal information and value-added data services. With both a Chinese database and an English database, Westlaw China is designed not only to provide users with accurate and bilingual legal information but also to satisfy customized needs of both Chinese-speaking and English-speaking users. Westlaw China's content is updated on a daily basis so as to ensure the timeliness and accuracy of the information we provide to our customers.

Wiley Online Library is a multi-disciplinary database that includes full-text journal articles and some full-text reference sources.

Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid
Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library provides access to over 200 popular study aids. Some of the study aids available are Examples & Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides, and many more! The Wolters Kluwer online study aid library offers you the ability to access this content online; download PDF versions for offline reading; and take notes, highlight and/or bookmark content with an optional personalized account.

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses gives you access to dissertations and theses in OCLC member libraries. Many are available electronically, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution. It contains all dissertations, theses, and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members including UMKC.

WorldCat contains records (citations) of materials from 60,000 worldwide libraries from 112 countries. Dates of materials range from centuries to recent items--a span of thousands of years! WorldCat includes records for books, videos, serial publications, articles, recorded books and music, electronic books, sheet music, genealogical references, cultural artifacts, digital objects, web sites and much more.

Worldtradelaw's Dispute Settlement Commentary (DSC) service is a comprehensive legal research tool for WTO dispute settlement. Features include summary/analysis of all reports/arbitrations; up-to-date keyword index; and a database of dispute settlement tables/statistics.