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Legal databases & websites

Not sure where to start? See the Index column on the right side of this page, or contact our Reference Desk for help with selecting and using the best sources for your research.

  • See the Law Library Database A-Z List for descriptions of each database/website.
  • Databases with names followed by "[COL]" are restricted to current students, faculty and staff of the College of Law.
  • Off-campus access to some databases is also limited to College of Law students, faculty and staff. If you're affiliated with the College of Law, contact the Reference Desk to learn how to obtain off-campus access.

By type

Comprehensive legal databases

Legal journals & law reviews

Case law

Non-law resources from University Libraries

Library catalogs

  • NIU Catalog - Searches all NIU Libraries.  
  • I-Share Catalog - Searches the holdings of over 80 academic & specialized libraries in Illinois.
  • WorldCat  - Searches library collections worldwide.

NIU/DeKalb resources for legal assistance

  • NIU Office of the Ombudsperson - Offers confidential guidance to students, faculty, and staff. While the office cannot provide legal advice or advocate on your behalf, staff can advise you of your rights within the university.
  • NIU Student's Legal Assistance - Provides consultation, advocacy, and court representation services to students in a variety of cases.
  • DeKalb County Legal Self-Help Center - Provides online forms & guidance related to issues such as going to court, divorce, eviction, foreclosure, child support and orders of protection.
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online - ILAO puts the law within reach for everyone with a legal problem in Illinois, regardless of their location, income, and education. People can access user-friendly online legal information and services from anywhere they can connect to the internet, including their mobile phone.

By location


Executive Branch & Administration

Legislative Branch

Judicial Branch

Illinois & other states

Foreign and international


United Kingdom

By topic


Criminal law

Environmental law & safety

Ethics & professional responsibility

Family law

Health law

Intellectual property

Labor & employment law

Legal education

Legal history


Securities law