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Faculty Technology Support

Support with Legal Databases

Howard University School of Law faculty, staff, and students should contact Carmel Henry-Smith or Richard Akers to obtain access to legal databases.  


CALI

  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • Non-profit consortium of mostly U.S. law schools that publishes web-based tutorials on a variety of legal subjects.
  • Access Information:
    • Access with CALI username and password.

Checkpoint

  • Checkpoint by Thomson Reuters Tax and accounting platform that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on tax laws and issues
  • Access Information:
    • Campus access from networked computers.
    • Logins provided to students enrolled in Tax related courses
    • Contact Carmel Henry-Smith, Access Services Librarian, for more information.


DOAJ

  • DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free database.

FoundersFounders' Library Databases

  • Founders’ Library offers a wide range of online databases to guide and help you conduct research in virtually any subject.
  • Access Information:
    • Use your Law Campus log-in credentials.
    • To access the Library’s databases: under resources, click "research databases".

Archives Unbound

  • GALE - Archives Unbound
  • Access Information:
    • Password Access to "GALE - Archives Unbound" is: howard

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)

  • The GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDSYS) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.
  • The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government.
  • The GPO released a beta website, GovInfo.gov, that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website. Being in beta means this site is a work in progress that is being shared to get feedback.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free database.

HeinOnline

  • Full text law journals in their original page-image (PDF) format. Also includes Treaties and Agreements, Federal Legislative History, U.S. Statutes at Large, Federal Register, U.S. Supreme Court and Phillip C. Jessup Library.
  • Access Information:
    • Campus access from networked computers.
    • Remote access with HeinOnline username and password.

IIAPP

  • Searchable database of investment treaty cases up to May 2010.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access database, and can be used to research on investment arbitration.

LexisNexis

  • Comprehensive legal database.
  • Lexis offers certification training on cases, statutes and secondary sources.  Certification is highly regarded by potential employers. 
  • Training Information:
    • Certification is also a component of the Howard Law Journal and Advanced Legal Research classes. 
    • The law librarians schedule mandatory training sessions for all first year students.
  • Access Information:
    • Access with LexisNexis username and password.

LexisNexis Academic

  • Public access to legal information resources including cases, statutes, regulations, and news.  
  • Access Information:
    • ​On-Campus access when connected to public WiFi.


ODS

  • The Official Document System (ODS) is an online database of UN documents that was first launched in 1993 and updated in 2016. ODS has full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiaries, as well as administrative issuances and other documents.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free online database.

 



Shepard's, via LexisNexis Universe

  • Retrieve prior and subsequent case history, and all citing references.
  • Access Information:
    • Campus access from networked computers.
    • Remote access with LexisNexis username and password.

SSRN: Tomorrow's Research Today

  • The Howard University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series contains publications uploaded to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) by HUSL faculty members.

Congressional Publications

  • ProQuest Congressional 
  • Retrieve congressional materials and legislative histories by searching abstracts, titles, indexing information, and other bibliographic data.
  • Access Information:
    • Campus access from networked computers.

Statistical Insight

  • Statistical Insight
  • Search and sort statistical data by geographic, demographic, and economic fields.
  • Access Information:
    • Campus access from networked computers.

Supreme Court Database

  • Definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1946 and 2014 terms.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free online database.


  • Congress.gov is the Next Generation version of THOMAS.gov.
  • Presented by the Library of Congress, Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free online database.

UNBISNET

  • United Nations Bibliographic Information System
  • Catalogue of United Nations(UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free online database.

UN Treaty Collection

  • This online database provides the most detailed information on the status of over 560 major multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (as of 1 June 2014) and covers a range of subject matter such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Commodities, Refugees, the Environment and the Law of the Sea.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free online database.

TWEN

  • Comprehensive legal database.
  • Westlaw offers certification training on cases, statutes, and secondary sources. Certification is highly regarded by potential employers.
  • Training Information:
    • Certification is also a component of the Howard Law Journal and Advanced Legal Research classes. 
    • The law librarians schedule mandatory training sessions for all first year students.
  • Access Information:
    • Access with Westlaw username and password.
    • Contact Richard Akers for assistance accessing or setting up TWEN pages. 

WorldCat

  • Collections and services of over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
  • WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.
  • Access Information:
    • This is an open access, free online catalog.

Additional Databases

In addition to legal databases, additional specialized, non-legal databases are available through the Howard University Libraries Databases.