Legal databases

All patrons may access Westlaw, Lexis and other online resources while visiting the law library.

Law library subscribers may request a barcode, which allows remote access to additional online databases from any Internet connection.

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Minnesota Legal Periodical Index

  • Index of Minnesota legal publications
  • Maintained by the Minnesota State Law Library since 1984
  • Links to full text articles if available online
  • Search MLPI


  • Subscriber login required
  • Access subject to certain vendor-imposed restrictions based on law firm size
  • Full text of legal journals since their inception
  • Federal Register from 1936 - present (approximate two-month lag)
  • U.S. Supreme Court cases
  • U.S. treaties
  • Scanned images of original print pages
  • Case law retrieval by citation using Fastcase
  • Search HeinOnline

LLMC Digital

  • Subscriber login required
  • Also available in law library catalog
  • Image-based legal materials focusing on publications from U.S. federal and state governments
  • Retrieve documents by citation
  • Scanned images of actual documents
  • Congressional Record from 1990 - present
  • Historical state and federal statutes
  • Many federal administrative decisions (e.g., U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions)
  • Search LLMC Digital

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law

  • Coverage of today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents
  • Topics such as Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and more
  • Search Gale Encyclopedia of American Law

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

  • Fills a gap between legal texts focusing on the theory and history behind the law and more practical guides dealing with the law and its everyday effect upon citizens
  • Brief descriptions of each issue's historical background, covering important statutes and cases
  • Profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations
  • Details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state
  • Search Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

E-Journal Portal

  • Subscriber barcode required for certain searches
  • Links to all remote databases
  • All full text online publications
  • Search E-Journal Portal


Search Westlaw and Lexis


  • Available only on law library computers
  • Case law, annotated statutes, and administrative codes for all 50 states
  • Federal case law, the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register
  • KeyCite any citation to find history and citing references
  • Search American Law Reports (ALR)
  • Printing available


  • Available only on law library computers
  • Cases, statutes, and rules from the federal level and all 50 states
  • Shepardize to validate any citation
  • Minnesota secondary sources, including Dunnells Digest, Misdemeanors and Moving Traffic Violations, McFarland and Keppel's Minnesota Civil Practice, and Minnesota Family Law Practice Manual
  • Print or email cases to yourself

Sign up for training

The law library offers free training to help you efficiently find legal information.

WestlawNext: Advanced Searching

  • Hands-on training from a WestLaw instructor
  • Go beyond the basics and find what you need in less time
  • 1 hour CLE credit
  • Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Free
  • To register, call or view upcoming dates and register online

Searching Lexis

  • Learn to search Lexis efficiently
  • Free
  • No classes scheduled at this time
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