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Widener Commonwealth Law Review: Online Databases

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Getting Started

To search the full text databases you start on the Library homepage. Scroll down to the A-Z List. Use this list to look up a  Journal Title. When you find the title you want, follow the links underneath its name to explore the title, including viewing full text.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, use other full-text databases.

Other Places to Look

Google offers Google Books and Google Scholar that should be searched at this site. They have many full text books and articles all in pdf format. Much of the material is old.


Westlaw Westlaw and WestlawNext provide access to more than just cases and statutes. Use Westlaw for preemption checking - search over 800 law review and journal to make sure no one else has published on your same subject. will help check and format briefs and memos. Westlaw online database offers the National Reporters and selected other documents in pdf format.


Lexis Lexis contains a comprehensive collection of legal materials (such as cases, codes, dockets, briefs, motions, pleadings and other secondary sources), and is the exclusive provider of the Shepard's citations service .




Available Databases

Full Text Finder

Search the A to Z list to find titles of online journals, newspapers, books, and databases available through the Widener libraries.

Bloomberg Law

If you have not received an activation code for Bloomberg, Widener Law students and faculty can request a law school account.

Bloomberg BNA databases 

Online versions of BNA publications include current awareness services and in-depth research covering a broad range of legal subjects.

CALI Lessons

See reference librarian for authorization code. 


Online tax research. The first time you use Checkpoint, you must go to from any computer on the Widener network and register for a password. Once you have a password, you can use Checkpoint from anywhere by using this URL:

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

Weekly index of recently published law review articles. 


Scholarly, business, health, and other journals. Also includes newspapers and general magazines.

Environmental Law Reporter

Federal and state environmental material, including cases, statutes, and regulations. See reference librarian for password. 


Case law, statutes, court rules, and treatises. 


Includes ArticleFirst and ECO: indexes to general, non-legal periodicals. Indexes only, no full-text.

Foreign Law Guide

Provides information on more than 170 jurisdictions.


Full-text legal journals in pdf format. Usually covers each journal back to the first volume.

Also includes European Center for Minority Issues, Federal Register Library, Code of Federal Regulations, Legal Classics, Philip C. Jessup Library, Session Laws, Treaties and Agreements Library, US Attorney General Opinions, US Federal Legislative History Library, US Presidential Library, US Statutes at Large, and US Supreme Court Library.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

Index to law reviews, journals, and books. Some full-text available.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Retrospective 1908-1981


JSTOR is an online collection of journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Law Journal Press

Authoritative information on the latest issues from a variety of legal topics, with  analysis and practitioner-oriented guidance.

Law Library Microform Consortium

Older federal executive, judicial, and legislative documents available online.


Index to legal journals and newspapers, includes selected full-text articles.

LegalTrac replaces Legal Resource Index.


Requires a username and password, which is supplied to Widener Law students and faculty.

LexisNexis Academic

Access to LexisNexis for undergraduate and other non-law students. 

National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)

Containing over 20 NCLC consumer law treatises often referred to as the “bibles of consumer law,” both by consumer attorneys and those representing creditors and merchants.  See reference librarian for password.

Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Records and Briefs Index

ProQuest Congressional

Publications and information from the US Congress. Includes bills, laws, reports, Congressional Record, legislative histories and news.

Study Aids

Learn about the library's digital and print collection of study aids available to students and faculty.

United Nations Treaty Collection

Includes the United Nations Treaty Series, which includes over 158,000 records of bilateral and multilateral treaties. Also includes the League of Nations Treaty Series.


Requires a username and password, which is supplied to Widener Law students and faculty.


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