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 functions. Many online databases, including fee-based databases, are available at the Law Library, free of charge, to library patrons.
Throughout the month of December 2014, this blog featured a series on online databases available at the Law Library for patrons’ use. The featured databases include Bloomberg BNA, HeinOnline, LexisNexis, VerdictSearch and Westlaw, which are all subscription-based databases that the Law Library offers to its patrons free of charge. However, this is just a small sampling of the legal databases that may be available for your use. If you are interested in learning more about online legal databases, including databases that are available without subscription, please contact us!
Many other law libraries also provide their library patrons with access to online legal databases free of charge. For other local access points to online legal databases, you can check out these libraries.
- Maryland State Law Library – http://www.lawlib.state.md.us/researchtools/databases.html
- The Law Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/law/find/databases.php
- Thurgood Marshall Law Library – http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/eresources/