NOTE: Not all of these databases are accessible off campus. To access most databases that are available off campus, a proxy is required. As a result, those members of the Western New England University School of Law community who are off campus will need to enter their user name, library barcode number, and PIN number for those particular databases.
If it is your first time accessing either Databases or Electronic Course Reserves, you will need to create a PIN for authentication purposes.
A PIN must include a minimum of six alpha-numeric characters.
- After entering your name and Law Library patron barcode on the patron identification screen, leave the PIN field blank and click the Submit button.
- You will be asked to reenter your name and Law Library patron barcode, and to create a PIN and enter it twice.
- You may also create your PIN by accessing My WILDPAC on WILDPAC's main menu screen and completing the instructions in step 2 above.
- If at any time you forget your PIN, simply consult a Librarian or Circulation staff member and ask to have your old PIN deleted so you can enter a new one, or use the Forgot your PIN? link.
- PINS are encoded in your Law Library patron record so that no one but you will know what it is.
*If you have any problems accessing these databases, please (1) verify that cookies are not disabled, (2) try lowering the security level on your browser, or (3) try using a different browser. If you are still having problems, please contact the Research Services Department at 413-782-1458.
NOTE: Law students, faculty, and staff also have access to most of the D'Amour Library databases.
- Bloomberg BNA Databases (includes many subject-specific databases)
- Bloomberg Law
- CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Constitutions of the Countries of the World Online
- Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)
- Foreign Law Guide
- HeinOnline (includes many subject-specific databases)
- Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP)
- Index to Legal Periodicals & Books
- Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
- New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO)
- Proquest Congressional
- Social Law Library's Administrative Law Databases
- Social Science Research Network
- Treaties and International Agreements Online
- United Nations Treaty Collection
Bloomberg BNA Databases (includes many subject-specific databases)
The Law Library subscribes to the "BNA-Premier" plan, which provides us with access to most all of BNAs online publications. Note that email alerts are also available for members of the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
Bloomberg Law provides a system that integrates comprehensive legal content, company and market information and proprietary news all in one place. Included in this content is primary materials for all jurisdictions, practice area materials, Bloomberg BNA secondary source materials (including the Bloomberg BNA Portfolio series), legal news and analysis. Please contact the Reference Desk for information on how to access. Accessible off campus.
Casemaker is a web-based legal research library that allows Massachusetts Bar Association members to search and browse a variety of state and federal case law, state statutes and regulations, ethics opinions, rules of professional conduct, and much more. Use of Casemaker is free to all MBA members who have paid the current year's dues. The Library has five passwords, which can be provided to law students and used in the Library only. Stop by the reference desk and a Librarian will give you a password.
CALI contains more than 975 computer-based lessons in nearly 50 different educational subject areas. Lessons may be accessed in two ways: 1) students with Internet connections can download most CALI exercises directly to their computers from the CALI website; 2) students can run the selected exercises available directly from the CALI website. CALI is restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. Contact the Reference Desk (782-1458) to get the authorization code to register on the CALI website. During the registration process you will also create your own password. In subsequent visits to use lessons, you will only need to enter your email address and your password. To register, go to the CALI homepage and click on the "Create new account" link. Accessible off campus.
Checkpoint, from RIA, is a web-based tax research service that includes a wide range of materials on federal and state taxes. A custom ID is not required. However, with a custom ID you are able to save documents to folders which can be updated, and you may receive email delivery of news, journals, and search results. If you wish to register for your own custom id, please register at http://ria.thomson.com/cploginids. These ID’s are reset on January 1 and August 1 each year. During the registration process, your computer IP address must be within the range of the Western New England University addresses. After registering, you will receive an e-mail message with login information that will allow you to access the product. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
The Chronicle of Higher Education database covers higher education news and issues, and is a major source of employment information. The Chronicle's site includes the complete text of the print version (posted every Monday morning) and a searchable job listings database. This database offers daily news updates, online discussion forums, and special reports. A searchable archives dates back to 1989. To subscribe to the various e-mail newsletters, click on the "Email Alerts" button on the front page. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
Constitutions of the Countries of the World Online provides access to 190 country constitutions with extensive commentary from leading scholars. Original English translations are provided. Users are able to search for topics across all nations. This database is limited to one user at a time. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
This database provides table of contents and subject indexing for recently published periodicals. CILP is issued on Fridays and provides information four to six weeks earlier than other commercial legal periodical indexes. Users should select the issue they want to view and select the format they desire: HTML, MS Word, or PDF. The HTML version directly links from the cited articles to the electronic version of the article on either Westlaw or LexisNexis. The MS Word link enables users to download a Microsoft Word version of the file, in two columns, for printing. The PDF link requires Adobe Acrobat to view. The Current Index to Legal Periodicals database is restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
The online version of the classic Reynolds and Flores resource, this database contains information on over 178 jurisdictions. It is designed to locate primary and secondary sources of foreign law and is an excellent starting point for finding foreign law both in the language of the country and in translation. For each country there is a brief introduction to the legal system, a list of past and current sources of legal information including both print and online and a section listing sources of law by subject.The search interface allows you to search the database for words or phrases by country. Click on "Subscriber Login" for access. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
HeinOnline (includes many subject-specific databases)
HeinOnline is a digital collection of legal materials organized into a variety of modules. HeinOnline modules may be browsed or searched. A high-quality image of each document page is provided. Once you are viewing a document, use the Print Options link located in the toolbar just above the document to print or download the current page or the entire document. Documents may be printed or downloaded as pdf files. HeinOnline adds citation information to the footer of each page. HeinOnline does not provide an option for emailing documents. Once you have saved a document in pdf format, use your email provider to email the document as an attachment. This database is restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
Produced by the American Association of Law Libraries, the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in over 500 legal journals published worldwide. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions other than the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia. IFLP also analyzes the contents of approximately eighty individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year. The database is restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
These resources allow users to search law periodicals as far back as 1908. "Legal Periodicals & Books" is a bibliographic database that indexes articles from legal periodicals and law books; coverage spans from 1982 to the present. "Legal Periodicals Retrospective" indexes legal periodicals from 1908-1981. Legal periodicals indexed include law reviews, bar association journals, university publications, yearbooks, and institute and government publications. These indexes are restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
The Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law's goal is to advise clients in the changing world of health and life sciences law. The Journal's editorial board, veteran members of the profession from the ranks of private practitioners, law school professors, and in house counsel, review all articles and assist in developing topics that they view as critical. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
LegalTrac is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from more than 1,500 law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals, including more than 250 titles in full text. Coverage spans from 1980 to the present. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
You must have a valid LexisNexis password to access this database. Accessible off campus.
LLMC-Digital is a non-profit cooperative effort of libraries to preserve titles of interest to researchers in the areas of law. The database includes materials from the following collections of the Law Library Microform Consortium: U.S. Federal Government, U.S. States, U.S. Territories, Anglo-American Collections, Foreign Jurisdictions, International Law and Organizations, and Multi-Jurisdiction Subject Collections. The database is restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law is a comprehensive online resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law, including criminal law, human rights law, economic law, and environmental law. Articles within the Encyclopedia can be searched by title, full text, author, etc., and the collection can also be browsed by name, subject, or author. PDFs of each article are available. The Encyclopedia also features the Oxford Law Citator, which provides links between related cases, articles, and additional materials within the Encyclopedia, other online resources from OUP, and selected third party websites. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
The Library is a member of NELLCO. Membership consists of 25 full member law libraries primarily located in New England, 78 affiliate member libraries throughout the country, along with ten international members. Through this membership, the Librarians may be able to obtain from one of these libraries, on interlibrary loan, materials that are not available in our Library. Connecting to this page will provide access to the NELLCO online public catalog. Accessible off campus.
ProQuest Congressional provides access to legislative and regulatory information from the United States government. Users can search CIS indexing and abstracting of Congressional publications and the CIS Legislative Histories (1969/1970-present), and the full-text of the U.S. Serial Set (1789-1969). Users can also search the full text of Congressional reports, documents, prints, bills; find Congressional testimony (1985-present); and track bills as they move through the House and Senate. Full-text access to Congressional hearings from 2004 onward is provided, along with full text of the Congressional Record. Congressional Research Service Reports are also available (1916-present). User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
These databases contain cases from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Code of Massachusetts Regulations and a variety of other administrative databases. Social Law Library’s Administrative Law Databases are restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 432,000 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 350,000 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
Treaties and International Agreements Online contains the full text of U.S. Treaties and International Agreements from 1783-present. Treaties to which the U.S. is not a party is also available. The database is restricted to the Western New England University School of Law community. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access. NOTE: Only five users may access this database at the same time; if you get an error message, please try again shortly.
The United Nations Treaty Collection provides a collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946. The database includes the text of treaties in their authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as appropriate. The collection contains over 158,000 treaties and related subsequent actions. Accessible off campus.
You must have a valid Westlaw password to access this database. Accessible off campus.
WestPro: For the benefit of our alumni, the local bench and bar, and members of the public, the Law Library subscribes to WestPro, a computer-assisted legal research product from Westlaw. WestPro is available on one computer in the Library Lobby. Printing from WestPro is unavailable; however, you may save files to a thumb drive; or, another option is to open a browser and access your email account, and then cut and paste your document into your email and send it to yourself. Librarians will be happy to help you with WestPro. Not accessible off campus.
This database is the catalog of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). WorldCat includes records of most types of materials (books, periodicals, videos, manuscripts, etc.) cataloged by OCLC member libraries. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.