Quick Guide to Cite Checking

Note: Many of these links will only work within Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Books: Search the Catalogs

The following chart provides links to online catalogs. For materials not available on campus, an Interlibrary Loan request needs to be made. 


Web Site Address
Loan Period  Renewals?  Request Delivery Time 
Law Library -
varies yes n/a
WU Hilltop Libraries -
60 days six times 3 days
Missouri Research Libraries (MOBIUS)- http://searchmobius.org  3 weeks two times 5-7 days
WorldCat (over 40 million items)
depends maybe 2-3 weeks
use this link 

Tools for locating U.S. Government Documents

Generally, most federal documents are housed in our Government Documents collection on Level 2. They are shelved by SuDoc number, which organizes the material by issuing agency. Please see a reference librarian if you have any problems finding the material.


Source  Coverage  Notes 
Marcive WebDocs
1976-present Indexes all federal documents distributed through Federal Depository Library Program.
Monthly Catalog of Government Publications
GP 3.8 [Gov't Docs Level 2]
1885-present Indexes all federal documents.
Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents.
GP 3.8/2 x:789-976
[Gov't Docs Level 2]
1789-1976 Title index to federal documents.
Congressional Universe
1970-present Indexes Congressional publications (some available full-text). Only available in A-B Hall.
Congressional Indexes 1789-1972
1789-1972 Indexes Congressional publications.
varies FirstGov is a public-private partnership government website to provide the public with easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources.
Google UncleSam  varies Google's search engine, focussed only on those sites that have the .gov suffix.

Seeking Law Journal Articles

Current law journals are held behind the circulation desk. After they are bound, they are shelved on the 5th floor.


Source  Coverage  Location 
Index to Legal Periodicals 1981-present http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehostlaw&defaultdb=lft
Index to Legal Periodicals 1916-present Reading Room K9 .N32 or http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehostlaw&defaultdb=lpr 
LegalTrac 1980-present http://find.galegroup.com/menu/commonmenu.do?userGroupName=wustl_law 
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals 1985-present http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=iflp

Miscellaneous sources


Source  Location  Use 
Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations Reserve KF246 .B5 1993 Deciphering a citation.
NewsBank http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=UNAB  Provides access to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications.
Indexmaster http://www.indexmaster.com  Searches the table of contents and indices for thousands of legal treatises.

Locations of major collections in the Law Library and at Olin


Source Library Location
National and Regional Reporters Law Level 5
State Primary Materials Law Level 1
Federal Government Documents Law Level 2
Federal Government Documents Olin Level 2
United Nations Publications (1946-1993) West Campus West Campus
United Nations Publications (1990-present) Olin Microforms

Other Useful Databases


Source  Coverage  Notes 
varies Provides access to over 13,000 databases, including information from Dow Jones Interactive.
varies Provides access to over 22,000 sources, with significant coverage of local newspapers.
Law School's Databases
varies Provides access to all the databases available at the Law School.
Expanded Academic Index
1980-present Over 1900 journals indexed in every major academic discipline. Many full-text articles available.
OCLC Databases
varies Over 50 different databases covering a wide variety of subject areas.
Statistical Universe
1973-present Indexing and partial full-text access to over 100,000 statistical publications.
varies A Google search has  websites with information relevant to your search.
Northern Light
varies Delivers results from the Web and their Special Collection™ of over 7100 full-text publications not otherwise available to Web searchers