Quick Research Links

Research Links

The following are resources and research databases, some of which are available through Mercer Law Library subscription. Access on and off-campus is freely available to Mercer law faculty and students. (Law faculty and students may be prompted to enter their MyMercer Login & ID for remote access.) 
 

ABA Journal Blawg Directory 
Topical directory of legal blogs with results sorted by "most popular."

Anglo-American Legal Tradition
AALT contains documents from medieval and early modern England from the National Archives in London.

Avalon Project at Yale  
The Avalon Project provides digital documents for the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government, with links to supporting documents referred to in the text of the documents.

Bar Journals, U.S. on HeinOnline (use your My Mercer Login & ID for remote access)
Available through HeinOnline. Contains more than 130 state and local Bar Journals. You can search by article title, author, description, date, or across the full text of the articles.

 

Bepress Legal Repository 
The bepress Legal Repository offers working papers and pre-prints from scholars and professionals at top law schools around the world.
  

Bloomberg Law
Bloomberg Law provides access to U.S. federal & state primary law, docket materials, directories, news, proprietary research reports, some foreign law materials, SEC filings, and an amazing set of model forms and contracts, among other resources. The Bloomberg Law Help Center offers a number of useful guides and other materials and services. Faculty and students: please contact Denise Gibson, Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services, for a password.   

CALI Lessons
Includes over 1,000 free, law professor authored legal tutorials online. To access CALI for the first time, you must register using Mercer's authorization code (please contact a reference librarian) and create your own password. Go to www.cali.org, and register to create your own password. Once registered, enter your email and your password and click on "Login." If you need assistance, please see a law librarian at the Reference Desk.

Chronicle of Higher Education - The University Library subscribes to a site license for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  This gives the law school community access to all Chronicle content online, including premium content.  Remote access is also now available. For law faculty and students, consult a law librarian for instructions on how to gain remote accesss. 

Chronicling American Historic Newspapers 
1789-1949

Civil Rights Digital Library 
The Civil Rights Initiative promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement through its three principal components: 1) a digital video archive of historical news film allowing learners to be nearly eyewitnesses to key events of the Civil Rights Movement, 2) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital collections on a national scale, and 3) a learning objects component delivering secondary Web-based resources - such as contextual stories, encyclopedia articles, lesson plans, and activities--to facilitate the use of the video content in the learning process.
            
Congress.gov 
In January 1995, the Library of Congress launched the website THOMAS (now called Congress.gov) to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. It includes: •Bills, Resolutions •Activity in Congress•Congressional Record•Schedules, Calendars •Committee Information•Presidential Nominations•Treaties•Government Resources.

CQ Researcher
CQ Researcher Online provides in-depth and up-to-date coverage of today's most important and controversial topics, including social, economic, political and environmental issues.

Congressional Research Reports

Daily Report
Current newspaper articles. Beyond six months, access Daily Report on Lexis via Legal News content. To access Daily Report remotely, Mercer law faculty and students will need to create their own log in.

Directory of Open Access Journals
An online directory that indexes and provides access to peer-reviewed journals.

Fastcase
Fastcase is an online legal research provider for members of the State Bar of Georgia, and is currently a free membership in the bar associations of more than 25 states. Mercer law faculty and students have permission to access Fastcase.

Federal and State Research
Mercer law library's comprehensive guide on conducting effective federal and state legal research includes locating primary materials from the three branches of government at the federal and state levels.

Foreign Law Guide 
Provides relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations, and selected references to secondary sources. Broad in content and global in scope, the FLG is a resource for comparative law research, and it includes approximately 190 jurisdictions.

Galileo 
Galileo provides access to hundreds of academically-oriented databases. Mercer law faculty and students may need to use their MyMercer login and ID to access Galileo for remote access.  


Georgia Practice Books
Mercer Law Library's subscription to ProView on Westlaw provides access to select Georgia Practice treatises in PDF format, including Davis & Shulman's Georgia Practice and ProcedureCourtroom Handbook on Georgia Evidence, Agnor's Georgia Evidence, Daniel's Georgia Handbook on Criminal Evidence, Daniel's Georgia Criminal Trial Practice, Eldridge's Georgia Wrongful Death Actions With Forms, and more, to members of the public while in the law library. Please see a law librarian at the Reference Desk for instructions.  For Mercer Law faculty and students, sign on to Westlaw with your password, and then click on Practice Ready link on the top browsing bar > scroll down to Proview, and click on Access now.
 

Georgia Research
Mercer law library's comprehensive guide on conducting effective Georgia research includes the Georgia constitution, legislation, case law, regulations, city and county websites, libraries, Georgia newspapers, and more.

Google.com

Google Scholar 
Includes federal court opinions since 1923, U.S. Supreme Contains since 1791,  and state appellate courts since 1950. Google Scholar also contains full text articles from selected law reviews and journals.

govinfo.gov
The U.S. Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government. Includes the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, and the U.S. Code. (govinfo will completely replace FDsys by December 2018.)

HathiTrust
HathiTrust is a repository for major libraries to archive and share their digitized collections.
 

HeinOnline (you may need to use your My Mercer Login & ID for remote access)
Note: Law students and faculty may need to enter their My Mercer account ID to access HeinOnline remotely. HeinOnline provides digitized images of full text law reviews and legal journals (over 1,000 thus far), with an emphasis on pre-1980 materials not available elsewhere online.  Coverage also includes digitized images of the following:

  • Law Journal Library
  • American Bar Association Journals
    & State and Local Bar Journals
  • •Core U.S. Journals
  • •Criminal Justice Journals
  • •International & Non-U.S. Law Journals
  • •Intellectual Property Law Journal Library
  • •Most-Cited Law Journals

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
American Indian Law Collection
American Law Institute Library
Animal Studies: Law, Welfare, Rights
Association of Americal Law Schools
Canada Supreme Court Re
Criminal Justice in America
Code of Federal Regulations
Early American Case Law
English Reports, Full Reprint (1220-1867)
European Center for Minority Issues
Federal Register Library
Foreign & International Law Resources Database
Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
Gun Regulation and Legislation in America
History of Bankruptcy
Immigration and Nationality Law Review
Immigration Law and Policy in the United States
Intellectual Property Law Collection
International Law Association Reports
Law Librarian's Reference Library 
Legal Classics
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure
Martindale-Hubbel Law Directory
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
National Moot Court Competition
National Survey of State Laws
Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law publications
Pentagon Papers
Philip C. Jessup Library
Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases
Revised Statutes of Canada
Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law
Session Laws Library
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, Law
Standard Federal Tax Reporter (1917-1985)
State Attorney General Reports and Opinions
State Reports: Historical Archive
State Statutes: Historical Archive
Subject Compilations of State Laws
Tax Foundation Archive Publications
Taxation & Economic Reform in America Parts I & II, 1781-2010
Treaties and Agreements Library
Trends in Law Library Management and Technology
UNC Press Law Publications
United States Code
U.S. Attorney General and Department of Justice Collection
U.S. Congressional Documents
U.S. Department of the Interior 
U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals
U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
U.S. Presidential Library
U.S. Statutes at Large
U.S. Supreme Court Library
U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library
Women and the Law (Peggy)
World Constitutions Illustrated
World Trials Library

Resources are continually being added to HeinOnline, so be sure to check it for any updates.

HeinOnline Research Guides 
Guides, written by HeinOnline attorneys, on conducting research in a variety of subject areas, including HeinOnline's Law Journal Library, the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code, United Nations Collections, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Legislative History, and more. 

International Criminal Court 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and where warranted, tries individuals charged with gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.

Issues in Legal Scholarship 
Provides a forum for discusson of seminal articles and important issues in legal scholarship.

JSTOR
JSTOR provides back files for most journals, but starting in January 2011, more than 174 journals will contain current issues. Mercer University subscribes to The Arts & Sciences I, II and III, and also Health & General Sciences. JSTOR's agreement with publishers include an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging from 3 to 5 years (but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years), that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal.

Law Library of Congress
The Law Library of Congress includes a wealth of primary materials, both international and domestic, including:

•Global & Comparative Law Resources - Global Legal Information Catalog; Sources that reprint the laws & regulations of international jurisdictions on specific legal topics; Global Legal Information Network, an international legal database with official full texts of published documents in the original languages (video introduction). 

•Guide to Law Online - Online sources of legal information on government & law by U.S. state, country, or region. 

•Legal Blogs - Web archive of more than 100 blawgs.

•Legislative Resources - THOMAS, Legislative information from the Library of Congress; Full-text access to selected historical Congressional committee hearings on a variety of topics; A Century of Lawmaking, a collection of U.S. Congressional documents & debates (1774-1875), including laws, journals, & letters of the Founding Fathers.

Law.com

Summary: Legal news and analysis. Includes information from ALM national and regional publications.  Provides access to recent court filings, decisions, and cases. Offers details on jobs, law firms, and law-related information and educational products. Includes legal dictionary and directories. To access Law.com remotely, Mercer law faculty and students will need to create their own log in.

Content:
The American Lawyer -- | Corporal Counsel -- | National Law Journal -- | Legaltech news --  American Lawyer International --- Legal week -- Inside counsel -- New York Law Journal -- Daily Report -- Delaware Business Court Insider -- Delaware Law Weekly -- New Jersey Law Journal -- The Recorder -- Texas lawyer -- Supreme Court Brief -- The AmLaw Litigation Daily -- | The Mid-Market Report -- | Surveys & Rankings -- Law Firms -- Legal dictionary --| Law Topics

Law Review Commons
The Law Review Commons brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years. All Law Review Commons publications are made freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. The Commons includes many of the leading U.S. law reviews—such as the California Law Review and the Duke Law Journal.

Legal Blogs by Topic 
Library of Congress provides many law related blogs by topic, and archives them from 2007.

Legal Scholarship Network
Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) is a division of the Social Science Research Network. LSN publishes electronic journals consisting of working and accepted papers, author contact information, and conference announcements.

Lexis
Comprehensive online legal research system for law faculty and law students. Please ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.

LLMC Digital
LLMC Digital is a collection of digitized images of full-text historical and current materials from the U.S. federal and state legislative, executive and judicial branches as well as Canadian materials. It consists primarily of legal materials, and includes publications such as the U.S. Statutes at Large, Civil Rights Commission Reports, and U.S. Supreme Court Reports. LLMC also includes specialized collections such as Canon Law, Roman Law, British Empire Studies, Native American Law, and an extensive collection of military law materials.

Municipal Codes
Municipal codes online available by state.

Oyez Project of the U.S. Supreme Court 
A multimedia judicial archive of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Includes recordings of oral arguments.

Oxford English Dictionary -  The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language since 1150. OED is an historical dictionary, and its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English. In dictionaries of current English, in which only present day definitions are covered, the most common meanings are described first. For each word in the OED, both online and in print, the various groupings of meanings are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence. Thus, it traces the usage of words through quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Search tip: When you have the entry for a word, at the top of the page there are buttons for pronunciation, spellings, etymology, quotations and date charts.

PACER
PACER provides access to case and docket information for Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts. Password protected. Note: Bloomberg Law contains Docket information and Litigation Analysis and using Bloomberg Law is the preferred method for our law faculty and students to search for dockets. Also password protected.

Project Muse
Collection of over 300 peer reviewed journals in the social sciences and humanities.

ProQuest Congressional
Covers abstracts and indexing for Hearings, Reports, Documents and Committee prints from 1970-present (there are links to HTML text from approximately the mid-1990s), bill tracking & profiles, bill text, members and committee coverage, the Daily Congressional Record and the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register, and political news.

 
ProQuest Legislative Insight
This product contains extensive compilation of legislative histories of U.S. public laws enacted from 1789 - present. Histories include the full text of the public law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, prints, presidential signing statememnts, and CRS reports. All documents are full-text, searchable PDFs. 

ProView on Westlaw - for law students and faculty
A collection of eBooks on Westlaw covering various topical practice guides, including Georgia practice materials. For Mercer Law faculty and students, sign on to Westlaw with your password, and then click on Practice Ready link on the top browsing bar > scroll down to Proview, and click on Access now. Some of the national treatises available as an eBook on Westlaw include Administrative Law: Practice and Procedure, Automobile Liability Insurance, Attorneys' Fees, American Law of Zoning, Age Discrimination, Blue's Guide to Jury Selection, Criminal Procedure 4th (West's Criminal Practice Series), Closing Arguments, Environmental Law, Federal Tort Claims, and more.
ProView on Westlaw - for members of the public. Public patrons must be present in the library to be able to access it. Ask for assistance from a law librarian at the Reference Desk.

Science Direct
ScienceDirect is one of the largest online collections of published scientific research in the world. It is operated by the publisher Elsevier Science and provides access to the current twelve months of full text articles from approximately 200 journals in science and medicine, with some coverage of social sciences and humanities (particularly management, economics, psychology, and linguistics).  It also includes the International Journal of the Sociology of Law.  The issues are available on a rolling basis; for example,  when the March 2017 issue is posted, the March 2016 issue is removed.

Social Science Research Network 
SSRN provides early publications of abstracts, working papers, and journal articles, with email update services.

State Sessions Law Library (available through HeinOnline - use your My Mercer account ID for remote access). This library contains the session laws of all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the D.C. Register. All states are current within 60 days of the printed publication, and all states are available back to inception.

Study Aids Online - West

Mercer law students have access to West's Online Study Aids, which includes titles from Concise Hornbooks, Exam Pro, High Court Case Summaries, the Acing Series, Nutshells, and Gilbert Law Summaries. This collection also includes audio lectures such as the Sum and Substance Audio Series. To create an account, click the Create an Account link at the top right corner of the West Online Study Aids home page.  Use your Mercer Law email as the email address.

Study Aids Online - WK     
Wolters Kluwer online study aids provides unlimited access to hundreds of study aid titles, including Examples & Explanations (a law student favorite), Emanuel Law OutlinesGlannon Guides, and more. Students may be prompted to enter their MyMercer Login and ID to access it off campus. We recommend that students create their own accounts for taking notes, printing, downloading, and highlighting, but they need to be on the law school campus to create their accounts. (Click To Personalize Login in upper right corner.) 

Theoretical Inquiries in Law (you may need to log on using your MyMercer Login and ID)
Specializes in the application to legal problems of insights developed in other disciplines, such as moral and political theory, cognitive psychology, epistemology, economics, and probability theory. 

Treatises in eBook format
A collection of eBooks on Westlaw covering various topical practice guides. For Mercer Law faculty and students, sign on to Westlaw with your password, and then click on Practice Ready link on the top browsing bar > scroll down to Proview, and click on Access now. For members of the public, they must be in the law library to access these books - please see a librarian at the Reference Desk for assistance. Some of the national treatises available as an eBook on Westlaw include Administrative Law: Practice and Procedure, Automobile Liability Insurance, Attorneys' Fees, American Law of Zoning, Age Discrimination, Blue's Guide to Jury Selection, Criminal Procedure 4th (West's Criminal Practice Series), Closing Arguments, Environmental Law, Federal Tort Claims, and more. Georgia treatises in eBook format includes Davis & Shulman's Georgia Practice and Procedure,  Courtroom Handbook on Georgia EvidenceAgnor's Georgia EvidenceDaniel's Georgia Handbook on Criminal EvidenceDaniel's Georgia Criminal Trial PracticeEldridge's Georgia Wrongful Death Actions With Forms, and more.
 
United Nations Treaty Collection
A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946. Includes the texts of treaties in their authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as appropriate.

U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library        
(Available through HeinOnline - use your My Mercer Login & ID for remote access). This library includes all U.S. treaties, whether currently in-force, expired, or not-yet officially published. This is the world's largest and most complete online collection of U.S. treaties and agreements and includes such prominent collections as the United States Treaties and Other International Agreements set (commonly referred to as the "Blue set"), as well as famous sets from Bevans, Miller, Malloy and others.

West Online Study Aids
Mercer law students have access to West's Online Study Aids, which includes titles from Concise Hornbooks, Exam Pro, High Court Case Summaries, the Acing Series, Nutshells, Short and Happy Guides, Career Guides, and Gilbert Law Summaries. This collection also includes audio lectures such as the Sum and Substance Audio Series. We recommend that students create their own accounts for highlighting and taking notes (Create an Account link is at the top right corner of the West Online Study Aids home page.  Use your Mercer Law email as the email address.) 

Westlaw 
Comprehensive online legal research system for law faculty and law students. Please ask at the Reference Desk for assistance. Westlaw also provides a free course web page system, TWEN, available to Mercer law faculty.

Wiley Online Library  (use your My Mercer ID for remote access)
Considered a premier source for study, teaching, and advanced research, this database offers scholarly materials from a wide range of science in full text format from 1997 to the present. Collections also include Law and Criminology (American Business Journal, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, and much more). An open padlock icon represents titles within Mercer University's subscription.

WK Online Study Aids 
Wolters Kluwer online study aids provides unlimited access to hundreds of study aid titles, including Examples & Explanations (a law student favorite), Emanuel Law OutlinesGlannon Guides, and more. Students may be prompted to enter their MyMercer Login and ID to access it off campus. We recommend that students create their own accounts for taking notes, printing, downloading, and highlighting, but they need to be on the law school campus to create their accounts. (Click To Personalize Login in upper right corner.) 

WorldCat
WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. WorldCat is part of the database offerings in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Libraries. Use to determine other libraries that own a resource and for initiating an interlibrary loan request.