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LPL 850: Legal Research: Useful Databases

Useful Databases

Although all of these databases contain legal information, you may find some more useful than others. For students taking LPL 850, I recommend LegalTrac and Nexis Uni. Please note that additional databases may be found on the Levi Watkins Learning Center's website.

Law/Legal Databases

Comparison of Recommended Legal Databases



Nexis Uni

Contains articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers as well as articles on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Regulations, Legal Practice, Taxation along with British Commonwealth, European Union and International Law.

A comprehensive full-text database covering business, news, legal, company, and medical information. Formerly known as Lexis Nexis Academic.




Education Databases

Education Databases

Databases containing articles relevant to education can be found here.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is very helpful when planning and/or writing your dissertation.

Accessing Databases

In order to access the databases from home, you must first be in our system.

To check this:

  • Go to the Library's web site
  • Click on Library Catalog
  • Click on the link that says "patron"
  • If you can access your patron information, you are in the system. If not,
    you will need to come to the library and fill out a patron update form.

To access the databases:

  • Go to the Library's web site
  • Click on Databases
  • Select a database from the subject areas or from the alphabetical listing
    • The login screen will ask that you:
      1. Enter your Campus ID without hyphens
      2. Enter your LAST NAME in lower case
  • Once in the database enter your search terms in the search boxes provided

If you are in our system and unable to login to the databases please send an email to or for support.

If you need help using the databases please contact the Reference Desk (334) 229-4110.

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