Library Databases

Databases are available to Arizona Summit Law School students, faculty, and staff.

How To Access

  • If the database name is followed by an asterisk (*): You need your own account. View the information below the database name to learn how to get an account. No matter where you are (on or off-campus), you will always access these databases with your own username and password.
  • If you are on-campus and the database name is not followed by an asterisk (*): Click on the database name to get access. You should be automatically recognized as an authorized user.
  • If you are off-campus and the database name is not followed by an asterisk (*): Click on the database name and you will be prompted to enter your first and last name, as well as your 14-digit barcode number (located on the back of your ID badge).

For help using these databases, please contact the Legal Research Help Desk at 602.682.6898 or by email at Research@AZSummitLaw.edu.

For technical problems, please contact Anne Herrington, Emerging Technologies Librarian, at 602.682.6824 or by email at AHerrington@AZSummitLaw.edu.

Should you have any problems, visit the Database Troubleshooting Guide.

 

AudioCaseFiles/CVN*

Provided by LexisNexis, AudioCaseFiles is a service that provides legal multimedia resources. Once registered, you receive unlimited access to audio files of judicial opinions and trial videos. You can listen to audio files online or download the MP3. 

*You must sign up to use this database by clicking the "Login & Register" link in the upper right corner of the screen, then selecting "Sign Up". You must use your law school email address when registering. Please contact the Legal Research Help Desk at 602.682.6898 or Research@AZSummitLaw.edu, for more information.

Basic Concepts in the Law of Evidence with Irving Younger*

“Professor Younger’s experience as a trial judge, law professor, and successful trial attorney, along with his flair for storytelling, makes this series fascinating. Younger’s Ten Commandments of Cross Examination is widely regarded as one of the best advocacy teaching tools ever captured on camera. Recordings cover:

  • Introduction to evidence
  • Basic concepts in evidence
  • Failure of recollection, best evidence rule, and perception
  • Expert witnesses, cross examination, impeachment
  • Cross examination, impeachment II, rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation II, character as a defense
  • Hearsay
  • Burdens of proof and presumptions
  • Hearsay and the right to confrontation
  • The Ten Commandments of Cross Examination
  • Hearsay update” (from the publisher.)

*First time users must register to access this resource. Please contact the Legal Research Help Desk at 602.682.6898 or Research@AZSummitLaw.edu to obtain the law school's passcode.

CALI*

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction. CALI offers hundreds of interactive computer tutorials in 35 different legal subject areas. CALI lessons include instruction, assessment, and feedback.

*The first time you access CALI, you need to create your own account by clicking the "Register" link in the upper right corner of the page. You will need the school's authorization code to sign up. Please contact the Legal Research Help Desk at 602.682.6898 or Research@AZSummitLaw.edu to obtain the law school's authorization code.

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the number one source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's web site features the complete contents of the latest issue, daily news and advice columns, thousands of current job listings, an archive of previously published content, vibrant discussion forums, and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

The Library also subscribes to the print edition, which can be found in the Newspapers area to the right of the Circulation Desk. Find on the Law Library map.

Courtroom View Network (CVN)/AudioCaseFiles*

Provided by LexisNexis, AudioCaseFiles is a service that provides legal multimedia resources. Once registered, you receive unlimited access to audio files of judicial opinions and trial videos. You can listen to audio files online or download the MP3. 

*You must sign up to use this database by clicking the "Login & Register" link in the upper right corner of the screen, then selecting "Sign Up". You must use your law school email address when registering. Please contact the Legal Research Help Desk at 602.682.6898 or Research@AZSummitLaw.edu, for more information.

ebrary

ebrary provides access to electronic books (e-books) purchased by the Library. The e-books can be found in the Library's online catalog, or by browsing the ebrary website.

Using your Web browser, you can read the electronic books at any time — no need to check them out! By signing up for a free account with ebrary, you can bookmark pages, highlight content, and take notes in the e-books.

View a video on how to use ebrary.

Read the ebrary Ebook guide.

eLibrary

Provided by ProQuest, this electronic resource includes more than 2,000 full-text newspaper and magazine articles, books, maps, pictures, audio/video files, transcripts, and more. Browse the titles in each publication type or search by keyword across all publications. Topics include arts, English language arts, history, mathematics, physical education and sports, reference, science, and social science.

Fastcase

Fastcase puts the whole national law library on your desktop, with online access to cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and bar publications, right at your fingertips.

As this is free to all members of the Arizona Bar, it is a good idea to know how to use it. Note that you have a variety of help options: FAQs, a User Guide, tutorials, live chat, email help, and other resources including the Fastcase blog and RSS feeds.

U.S. Supreme Court

1 U.S. 1 — Current

All Federal Circuit Courts

1 F.2d — Current

Federal District Courts

1 F. Supp. 1  — Current

Federal Bankruptcy Courts

1 B.R. 1 — Current

Board of Immigration Appeals

1955 — Current

U.S. Court of Claims

1929 — 1982

U.S. Customs Court

1938 — 1980

Special Court, Reg. Rail Reorg. Act

1974 — 2001

U.S. Court of Int'l Trade

1980 — 2001

Court of Customs & Patent Appeals

1929 — 1971

State Courts:

All 50 States

1950 (or older) — Current

Foreign Law Guide

Published by Brill since 2012, "Foreign Law Guide (FLG) is an essential database offering relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources in one virtual destination. Broad in content and global in scope, the FLG is an indispensable resource for comparative law research and a fundamental tool for developing a foreign and comparative law collection. Approximately 190 jurisdictions are systemically covered and updated by a global team of experts.

Each jurisdictional entry provides reliable information, such as:

• An introductory overview of the legal system and legal history;
• An outline of the judicial and legislative system;
• Primary and secondary sources of law and legal information;
• Links to major online sources;
• Identification of major legal publications.

The unique 'Materials Indexed' feature presents a list of publications that provide full-text legislation, summaries of laws or translations, or detailed monographic treatment of laws on specific subjects, and serves as an important development tool for foreign and comparative legal collections." (edited by Marci Hoffman)

HeinOnline

HeinOnline is a fully searchable collection of legal publications. Recent materials (such as law reviews) generally appear several months to two years after publication. Includes several collections: 

View HeinOnline "How-To" Videos and HeinOnline Training & Support Wiki.

Check out: Tim's Tricks: 10 Quick Tips for Using HeinOnline (PDF).

Legal Reference Services Quarterly

This journal from Taylor and Francis is published four times per year. The topics include legal research, law materials, information for law library collections, legal bibliographies, and much more. Coverage from 1997 to current.

Please note: Full-text access is limited to Legal Reference Services Quarterly. To ensure that you are finding results to which the Library has full-text access, please limit your searching and browsing to Legal Reference Services Quarterly (selected for you by default).

LexisAdvance*

LexisAdvance is a comprehensive database of legal, business and news sources. Faculty, staff, and students also have access to many of the scholarly treatises that Lexis publishes, teaching and learning tools, and a career center.

*Username and password required for access. Instructions are provided at new student orientation. Contact Anne Herrington at AHerrington@AZSummitLaw.edu or 602.682.6824 for password help.

Making of Modern Law

"'The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926' provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history in ways not previously possible." (from the publisher)

If you are experiencing issues accessing this database, please try clearing your browser's cache and cookies.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

"The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History covers legal history from ancient to modern times. Approximately 1,000 articles explore the traditions of Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Roman Law, Medieval Roman Law, Chinese Law, English Common Law, Islamic Law, United States Law, and the laws of such other regions as Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Major categories of law explained in detail include private law (contract, tort, civil procedure), public law (statutory, criminal, etc.), and higher or constitutional law." (from the publisher)

Oxford Scholarship Online

This database offers full-text access to certain law-related titles. Users may also view abstracts of more than 2,500 Oxford University Press titles in numerous disciplines, including economics, finance, history, business management, literature, music, neuroscience and more. Browse by subject or use the advanced search features.

Tip: Be sure to search just the law subject to view full-text books.

PLI Discover PLUS - Trial Subscription through March 2015

This database, provided as a trial through the Practising Law Institute, contains the full-text of premium secondary source materials (including treatises, course handbooks, and answer books), downloadable legal forms, and transcripts of PLI’s seminars on various legal topics.

ProQuest Congressional

This database includes the full text of U.S. bills, hearings, reports, committee prints, legislative histories and the Statutes at Large series. It also includes the U.S. Serial Set, which is a collection of U.S. Congressional and selected other publications on an extremely wide range of subjects compiled under congressional direction. This link provides access (indexing, bibliographic information, full-text search) to all Serial Set and American State Papers documents from 1789 through 2013.

For help with ProQuest Congressional, click here.

ProQuest eLibrary

Provided by ProQuest, this electronic resource includes more than 2,000 full-text newspaper and magazine articles, books, maps, pictures, audio/video files, transcripts, and more. Browse the titles in each publication type or search by keyword across all publications. Topics include arts, English language arts, history, mathematics, physical education and sports, reference, science, and social science.

ProQuest Research Library

Topics in this interdisciplinary database include: business, education, health, international, law, military, political science, literature, psychology and more. The database includes more than 4,070 titles — more than 2,600 in full text — from 1971 forward. It features a highly respected and diverse mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

This database is devoted to the "rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research" and "is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences" (from the publisher). Some that might be of interest are:

The SSRN collection includes abstracts, full-text working papers, and full-text accepted papers.

U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs Digital Archive

Provided by Gale/Cengage, this database contains searchable U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs for the period 1832-1978. It is derived from two sources. For the period 1832 (when printed court records began) through 1915, the documents are based primarily on the holdings of the Jenkins Memorial Law Library, America's first law library, located in Philadelphia, Penn.. For 1915-1978, the source is the library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a nationally recognized research facility and the single largest member-supported law library in the United States.

The database includes approximately 11 million pages in more than 350,000 separate documents. It covers approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases. Note that a majority of these cases did not result in full opinions, but were decided with per curiam decisions, for example, granting or denying writs of certiorari. Many of the materials in this database are not available on Lexis or Westlaw. You can search full-text, keywords or phrases, author, case name, court term, filing date, and citation including internal page numbers.

For more information, click here.

If you are experiencing issues accessing this database, please try clearing your browser's cache and cookies.

WestlawNext/TWEN*

WestlawNext is a wide-ranging database of legal, business and news sources. This resource includes access to many of the scholarly treatises that Thomson West publishes, a study aides subscription, as well as the TWEN course management software.

Looking for Practical Law Company? Content formerly contained in the Practical Law Company database can now be accessed through WestlawNext.

*Assigned password required for access. Contact Anne Herrington at AHerrington@AZSummitLaw.edu or 602.682.6824 for password help.

WorldCat

Can't find what you're looking for? Search thousands of library catalogs all at once, and see if the item is located at a library near you. We may even be able to borrow the item for you through our Interlibrary Loan service!

Need help? Contact a Research Librarian at Research@AZSummitLaw.edu or 602.682.6898.

 

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