Database List

The following 16 databases are best for: Law and Policy

See our Law and Legal Resources Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Law and Policy Databases

Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe

PAIS International

Legal Information Institute


All Law and Policy Databases

Congressional Universe    
Contains congressional publications, committee prints, Congressional hearings, House and Senate documents and reports, legislative histories, bill tracking, and full-text public law.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Constitutions, Treaties, and Official Declarations    
An index providing full-text access to international treaties, constitutions, and other political documents from around the world.
  • Coverage Range: Historic and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Richard Kimber

 
Criminal Justice    
A database of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. Fields covered include criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
  • Coverage Range: 1981-current
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Legal Information Institute (LII)    
A resource provided by Cornell University School of Law offering public legal information. It includes: the U.S. Constitution; the full-text of U.S. code; congressional material; supreme court opinions; states constitutions, statues and related legislative material. Earliest coverage begins in 1990 going to the present.
  • Coverage Range: 1992 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Cornell University

 
Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe    
Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information.
  • Coverage Range: Coverage varies but generally 1980s to current.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Reed Elseviar Inc.
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Making of the Modern World    
More than 61,000 titles from books, journals, pamphlets, essays, reports, correspondence, speeches, surveys. Content is in English and other languages. Provides historical access to the theories, practices, and consequences of economic and business activity in the West. Combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections — the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School — along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.
  • Coverage Range: 1450 - 1914
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records )    
As a service of the Administrative Offices of U.S. Courts, PACER rovides full-text access to court records. Contact a reference librarian for account and password information.
  • Coverage Range: Extensive
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Administrative Office of United States Courts

 
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)    
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries.
  • Coverage Range: 1972 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Political Science    
Provides full text access to leading political science and international relations journals, including many titles indexed in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Offers some coverage of related topics such as international development and environmental policy.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Political Science Complete    
Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, and political theory.
  • Coverage Range: 1960s-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Public Affairs Index    
Covers aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international commerce and conflict. Topics include banking & public finance, criminal justice, economic policy & taxation, education & education policy, emigration & immigration, energy & energy policy, ethics, government, humanitarian issues, industry & labor, law & legislation, natural disasters & poverty, politics & elections, social policy, and transportation .
  • Coverage Range: 1970-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau)    
Statistical tables (summary profiles) showing downloadable data on U.S. population, business, and geography for the nation, and for individual states, counties, and large cities (pop. >25,000).
  • Coverage Range: Last U.S. census.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. Census Bureau

 
Slavery and the Law    
Part of History Vault primary document collections. Includes petitions to county courts and legislatures in Southern states, state slavery statutes, and period overviews of slavery in the courts.
  • Coverage Range: 1770s to 1865
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Sociology Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)    
Covers health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.
  • Coverage Range: 1987-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Violence and Abuse Abstracts    
Covers essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
  • Coverage Range: 1995-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts    
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest