Law Library Databases

Updated July 27, 2015

The Gallagher Law Library contains more than 500,000 volumes. In addition, the Law Library provides access to many online legal research services. Some of these databases may be accessed by computers anywhere on the University of Washington campus; some must be used in the Law Library; some are available via the Internet; and some are limited to UW School of Law students, faculty, and staff.

Legal Databases Available to All Users via the Internet

A first step in legal research is identifying relevant books. Another is finding primary legal materials such as laws, regulations, and cases; many primary law sources are now available on the Internet. The following sources are freely available to anyone with a computer connected to the Internet:

  • Gallagher Law Library's online catalog: Identifies books, periodicals, videotapes, microforms, and other material
  • UW Libraries Catalog: Identifies books, periodicals, and other materials
  • Free Law Online: Links to free sources for Washington State and U.S. primary legal materials, selected foreign and international sites, and legal indexes.


Legal & Law-Related Databases Available on the UW Campus

Legal periodical articles provide useful introductions to or reviews of legal topics. Periodical articles from related disciplines, like business and medicine, are useful for interdisciplinary research.

Legal and law-related databases are described on the Legal Indexes & Databases page.

To find additional services on other disciplines, consult the UW Libraries Articles & Research Databases page. Access to commercial databases is restricted to visitors who are working in one of the UW Libraries (including the Law Library) and to UW faculty, students, and staff on campus or remotely.


Legal Databases Located Exclusively at the Gallagher Law Library

In addition to the Law Library's online catalog and other legal databases and indexes, the Law Library provides access to the following electronic resources to users who visit the Law Library.

  • Checkpoint: A source containing primary tax sources (laws, regulations, cases, administrative guidance, etc.) and secondary sources (commentary, forms, etc.).
  • Diskettes and CD-ROMS on assorted topics: Some books now include floppy disks and CD-ROMs with forms and other text that supplement the printed material. Accompanying diskettes are kept with the books.


Legal Databases Available Only to UW School of Law Faculty & Students

Several commercial products are available exclusively to UW School of Law faculty and students by the terms of our contracts with the providers. See Access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis & Westlaw for more information. The UW School of Law community also has access to selected Low-Cost Legal Research Services.

Internet Access at the Gallagher Law Library

The Law Library provides several public Internet workstations for legal research.

Visitors who are not affiliated with the University of Washington must sign in with a UW NetID. New users can attain a UW NetID when they register as a Law Library user. If you have not yet registered, please visit the Circulation Desk to register.


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