The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library (TMSLL) subscribes to a growing selection of online legal research tools covering many areas of law. These databases are available through the TMSL network and from home via Remote Access (including through our online catalog. Click here for the guide for finding online articles via the Law Library's online catalog). Outlined below are specific restrictions following each database link.
To access any database, click the database name. For Remote Access, click on the Remote Access link at the end of the database information. **To access the databases remotely, you must be a current student, faculty, or staff member and must be a registered patron with the TMSLL library. ** Some Electronic Resources are not available by Remote Access. Contact the Circulation Desk (713.313.7125) or the Technical Services Librarian for assistance.
If you cannot find a resource below that meets your need, try the TSU Library Learning Center (TSU LLC). For remote access to TSU LLC databases, contact the Welcome Desk at 713.313.7148.
Access UN: 1991-Present. Index to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications. AUN provides full text and links to the United Nations website. || Remote Access (temporarily unavailable)
AILALink: A resource from the American Immigration Lawyers Association containing statutes, regulations, selected cases, agency correspondence and manuals, government liaison minutes, forms, and AILA publications. || Remote Access
The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary: Provides balanced, responsible judicial profiles of every federal judge, including bankruptcy and magistrate judges. || Remote Access
Bloomberg Law: Online access to multiple databases, including primary materials and several corporate/business-related resources. Access is limited to current students and faculty. You will have to register at https://profile.bna.com/bloomberglaw-activate/ to use the site. SKIP the Activation Code blank at the top of the page, fill in the rest of the blanks (USING YOUR TSU EMAIL), agree to the terms, and prove you are not a robot. Bloomberg will send an email to your TSU email account. Follow the directions from there. Note: Bloomberg Law is case sensitive; put the part of your email address after the @ sign in lower case.
CALI: Provides more than 100 interactive lessons and tutorials to help students learn the law. (Accessible via Internet/First-time users must register via the CALI web site. Contact the Circulation Desk to acquire an access code.)
Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP): A weekly table of contents for new law review and journal issues and a subject index to the articles in these journals. Available via HeinOnline.
Constitutions of the World: Contains current full-text constitutions of 203 countries and provides introductory and comparative notes that examine recent amendments and highlights. || Remote Access (temporarily unavailable)
Court Listener: Court Listener is a free case research database. It offers the text of many state and federal cases and occasionally some interesting analytic components. It also provides AUDIO FILES of oral arguments of many cases, which may be of interest to students, evidence faculty, and others.
Death Penalty Worldwide: A free web resource containing information about the death penalty in various countries, death penalty crimes, decisions by various human rights organizations, and other death penalty related information (hosted by Cornell University Law School).
Digital Public Library of America: A free web resource containing scans of items from the collections of numerous American libraries, including U.S. government publications provided by the Government Printing Office and Texas government documents (EX: Texas Register) provided by the University of North Texas.
Digital Scholarship @Texas Southern University: Digital Scholarship is a repository of research and scholarship produced by the Texas Southern University academic community. You have to create an account to access this resource (use your university email when your register).
Foreign Law Guide: Current sources of codes and primary legislation for other jurisdictions of the world. || Remote Access
FRASER: FRASER is a free repository that preserves and provides access to economic and banking data and policy documents from various sources collected and provided by the St. Louis Federal Reserve.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Allows you to browse, search, and download eBooks and articles. || Remote Access
HeinOnline: Legal Periodicals 1980-Present. Full-text retrospective collection of selected legal journals & law reviews. || Remote Access
U.S. Congressional Documents Collection: Bound Congressional Record and its predecessors, including the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe, Congressional Record, American State Papers, and Journals of the Continental Congress in an image-based searchable format. || Remote Access
World Trial Collection: Contains hundreds of documents, including trial transcripts and other critical court documents, as well as monographs that analyze the decisions of famous trials throughout history, as well as biographies of some of the most outstanding trial lawyers in history. || Remote Access
Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL): The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security sponsor HSDL. Resources here will be of particular interest to people researching in the areas of national security law and immigration. || Remote Access
InfoTrac: (1980-Present). A product of GALE, InfoTrac, is an academic periodical resource that has more than 26 million database records that include full-text articles. || Remote Access
Immigration Court Practice Manual: The Practice Manual is a comprehensive guide that sets forth uniform procedures, recommendations, and requirements for practice before the Immigration Courts. The provisions outlined therein are binding on the parties who appear before the Immigration Courts unless the Immigration Judge directs otherwise in a particular case.
Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter): An electronic news service tracking cross-border arbitrations between foreign investors and their host governments. Our reports help a broad range of readers - including lawyers, academics, and government officials - stay abreast of the latest lawsuits and policy developments in the field of international investment law. || Remote Access (temporarily unavailable)
JSTOR: An archive of various journal articles. NOTE: Recent journal articles may not yet be available. TSU Library Leaning Center provides remote access to JSTOR. In the "Search by institution name" box, enter "Texas Southern University." Then, click the "Search" button. Click the Texas Southern University [TSU] "Log in" link. You will be prompt to enter your "Last Name" and "T-Number." Click "Login."
Judicial Appointments Database: This is database contains data about thousands of state and federal judges and judicial appointors such as governors and presidents. Information includes biographical data about each person, the roles they had held before, during, and after their time in the judicial branch, their political affiliations, their education, and any retention events that kept them in a judicial position (such as a reappointment).
Legal Forms: A complete listing of state-specific downloadable legal forms from Bankruptcy to Wills. || Remote Access
LegalTrac: 1980-Present. A comprehensive index to legal periodicals published in over 800 journals and newspapers. || Remote Access (After logging into your library account, you should see the "Sign In" prompt, requesting you to "please enter your dial-up password." Type "texas" [all lowercase] in the rectangle box. Then click the blue "Sign In" button.)
Lexis Advance: Lexis Advance has an intuitive search technology that reduces the amount of time to search and introduces pre- and post-filtering capabilities that get you to the right answers quickly and with improved relevance. (Accessible remotely with standard Lexis login.)
Lexis Digital Library (LDL): LDL provides access to a plethora of eResources, including legal eBooks, national treaties, practice materials, and more. LDL is an excellent resource for study aids such as the Questions & Answers, Mastering, Skills & Value, and Understanding Series. LDL also supports mobile devices so that you can access its products anytime, anywhere. To get started,
click here. (New users, please contact Mr. Rand, Mr. Clark, or Dean Harrison.)
Lexis/Nexis: Comprehensive database of legal material. (Accessible remotely with standard Lexis login.)
Municode: Municode, more formally known as Municipal Code Corporation, is the largest private-sector publisher of municipal ordinances, responsible for the codification and publication of municipal codes for more than 2,700 cities and counties in all 50 states. This free version provides browsing or limited searching of a municipality's code (but not multiple different codes simultaneously). Once you follow the link, use the "Library" tab at the upper-right of the screen to browse the codes. Select the state you need and then the municipality. Also, note the Help tab in the upper right corner.
National Center for Interstate Compacts Database: CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts Database allows you to search more than 1,500 statutes for state-by-state interstate compact membership, serving as a useful search tool for researching interstate compacts. (Free database)
NatLaw World: Collection of Latin American and Mexican legislation and regulatory materials. || Remote Access
ProDoc: Document management software. (Only accessible via Law School network computers.)
ProQuest Congressional (previously CIS Congressional Universe): Current U.S. Congressional publications (bills, laws & regulations). || Remote Access
ProQuest History Vault: This primary source material is a product of ProQuest's University Publications of America (UPA) Collection in a digital format. Currently, we subscribe to the Southern Life & Slavery portion consisting of three modules: Slavery and the Law and two modules of Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records. || Remote Access
ProQuest Digital National Security Archive: Papers and resources about national security subjects. || Remote Access
Reginfo.gov: A page from the Executive Office of the President that offers data about federal regulation, including the Unified Agenda. (Accessible via the Internet.)
Regulations.gov: A federal government web page for viewing and commenting on proposed regulations. (Accessible via the Internet.)
SmartCILP: Faculty Only. Weekly email notification of articles recently indexed in the Current Index to Legal Periodicals from pre-selected topics. (Accessible via Internet/To set up an account, consult the Faculty Guide or contact Circulation Desk for the authorization code.)
Social Science Research Network: A series of electronic journals of abstracts, working papers as well as articles accepted for publication in various areas of law. (Accessible via Internet/Contact the Circulation Desk for assistance.)
Sports Litigation Alert: An online subscription to current case summaries and relevant sports law articles. (Accessible via the law school network)
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: Former U.S. Census Bureau publication now published by ProQuest. Full of data and tables created from Census information. || Remote Access
Texas Law Help: TexasLawHelp.org is a website dedicated to providing free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans. It is part of a broader effort within the national legal aid community to use technology, specifically the Internet, to enhance and expand the delivery of legal aid. THIS SITE HAS FORMS.
Texas State Law Library: The Texas State Law Library (TSLL) is a free resource for anyone residing in Texas. You will need to sign up for an account and determine if you are eligible for TSLL resources (based on geolocation criteria). TSLL provides access to HeinOnline, FastCase, AILALink, and other legal reference databases. They also provide access to various legal-related e-books. However, due to the firewalls at TSU, you cannot access this resource from on-campus. NOTE: You must renew your membership in this library every SIX months and prove your Texas residence at that time via geolocation.
Texshare Databases A collection of 60 electronics databases on a variety of subjects. (Accessible on-campus network computers)
Westlaw: Comprehensive database of legal material. (Accessible via Internet/Password required-Contact Circulation Desk or the Electronic Resources Librarian for assistance)