Research Sources for Women and the Law

 ***THIS is an ARCHIVED guide. It may contain BROKEN links. Its value is HISTORICAL only.***

Current Research Guides 

Katrina Stierholz, Washington University School of Law Library

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

Seeking Law Journal Articles
Start here.  You can use articles to help you find case law and statutes.  Current law journals are held behind the circulation desk. After they are bound, they are shelved on the 5th floor.


Source  Coverage  Description 
LegalTrac  1980-present Database of law review, bar journal, and legal newspaper articles
Academic Universe ONLY at OLIN! varies Subset of Lexis--contains full-text law review articles
Index to Legal Periodicals  1981-present Database of law review and bar journal articles.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals  1985-present Database of foreign and international law review articles.

Books: Search the Catalogs
The following chart provides links to online catalogs. For WorldCat, you will need to request the item via Interlibrary Loan.  If you cannot find a book with any of these sources, stop by the Reference Desk or visit one of us in our office.


Catalog  Web Site Address 
Law Library 
WU Hilltop Libraries 
Missouri Research Libraries (MOBIUS) 
WorldCat (over 40 million items) 

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.  Searching MOBIUS (see library catalogs, above) is also useful--almost all government documents can be found in MOBIUS.


Source  Coverage  Notes 
varies  A government-sponsored web page that indexes Federal government sites.
Google UncleSam 
varies Search engine for all sites that end in .gov (for Federal sites) or end in .us (for State sites)

Marcive WebDocs

1976-present Indexes all federal documents distributed through Federal Depository Library Program.
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.

Online (and free) sources of American Law 


Academic Universe ONLY Available at OLIN! A subset of the Lexis-Nexis service, with full-text cases and legal journal information. 
Findlaw  Federal and State Statutes, Cases, and Regulations
Thomas  Access to Federal laws and their legislative history.
State Legislatures, State Laws and State Regulations (courtesy the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.)  Links for all States.

Locations of major collections in the Law Library and at Olin 


Source  Library  Location 
US Code, US Code Annotated, US Code Service Law Reading Room & Level 5
US Reports, Supreme Court Reporter, Federal Reporter, Federal Supplement Law Reading Room & Level 5
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