Legal databases

Starting April 23 Westlaw and Lexis are both offering offsite access available to all Law Library patrons. See our full announcement for details and important limits

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

Starting April 23 Westlaw and Lexis are both offering offsite access available to all Law Library patrons. See our full announcement for details and important limits.


  • 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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