Online databases can be invaluable, time-saving tools to any legal researcher as they provide organized access to a wide array of legal resources as well as sophisticated search tools. Many online databases, including fee-based databases, are available at the Law Library, free of charge, to library patrons. Each Tuesday of this month, this blog will highlight one of the many databases available at the Law Library.
The Law Library provides library patrons with free access to the Bloomberg BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) legal database. While there is a great deal of overlap between the resources available on Bloomberg BNA and Westlaw and LexisNexis, which we highlighted earlier this month, Bloomberg BNA materials are only available on Bloomberg BNA. These BNA materials include the following.
- United States Law Week provides searchable access to Supreme Court opinions, Supreme Court Practice and Federal Appellate Practice.
- Family Law Reporter provides a weekly roundup of family law developments and trends.
- Criminal Law Reporter provides an overview of trends, development and issues in criminal law.
- Lawyer’s Manual on Professional Conduct provides news and guidance regarding attorneys’ ethics and professional conduct.
Law Library patrons may access Bloomberg BNA’s database in the library’s computer room free of charge. If you have any questions regarding how to use the database, please come to the Law Library’s service desk.
For more information about understanding legal research, including the difference between primary and secondary legal resources, check out these research guides.