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Research Guides and Databases for Your Research Needs

The first thought among many law students is to go directly to Bloomberg, Lexis, or Westlaw for research needs. While these databases are important to your research, widening your net in the search for information for your paper or other projects may be helpful.

When seeking information that you don’t know where to locate, think first of the law library’s research guides, which are subject-specific finding aids for locating resources on a topic. There is a direct link to the guides from the law library’s homepage.

The research guides also contain information on databases specific to the topic that may be of use to the researcher. The databases should be thought of in two broad categories: law databases and non-law databases. There is a link to the law databases from the law library’s homepage and the non-law databases (under the link ‘Research Databases’) from the Cleveland State Michael Schwartz (Main) Library’s homepage. The Schwartz library’s homepage link can also be found on the law library’s hompage.

The non-law databases contain full-text of articles and documents along with indexes and abstracts. The databases cover a wide range of topics and interests. Some of the databases have many sources, while others might only have one source (e.g. Newspaper Source vs. New York Times).

Consider using other law databases (e.g. HeinOnline) to find information that is beyond the coverage of Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw.

Not sure where to start in your research? Law Librarians are available to help during Research Services Hours:

  • Phone: 216-687-6877
  • Email:
  • or Chat

You can also Schedule a Research Consultation.


Research Resources for Your Summer Classes & Work

photo of law clerk using laptopThe C|M|Law Library provides a range of research resources that can help you do the best in your summer classes and at work.  You can contact us with research questions in-person during Research Services Hours, or via email or chat.  Our Research Guides provide information on and links to materials, websites, and databases addressing over 60 legal topics.  C|M|Law and CSU students can schedule a Research Consultation for in-depth assistance with topical legal research or when writing an upper-level paper or journal note.  C|M|Law students can also access Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which address major legal databases, terms and connectors searching, Bluebooking, administrative law, Federal legislative history, free web research, bioethics and scholarly writing.  Our Seminars are continuously available on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  If you want to earn points, complete that Seminar’s quiz.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.

Summer Access for Westlaw, Bloomberg, and Lexis

Bloomberg and Lexis: You don’t have to register for summer access–your law school ID will remain active all summer.

Westlaw:  Westlaw can be used over the summer for non-commercial research. Westlaw’s resources may be used to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where a client is being billed. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

For Westlaw questions, please contact our Westlaw representative Holly Lynch Fritz at

New HeinOnline Database: Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

HeinOnline has a new database: Gun Regulation and Legislation in America.  Gun regulation in the United States is a hot topic in the law. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  The concept of gun control, firearms’ potential to cause mass casualties, and the interpretation of the 27 words comprising the Second Amendment have evolved considerably since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791.

This new HeinOnline collection brings together more than 500 titles dealing with gun regulation.  Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports, Supreme Court briefs, and more. There are also links to nearly 500 scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and a balanced selection of external resources.

Upcoming Bloomberg Law Webinars: Sharpen Your Research Skills

Free 30-minute live webinars from Bloomberg Law can help you learn when and how to use statutes, regulations, and secondary sources. All webinars start at 2 pm EST and require registration (see below).

  • Tuesday, March 19 – Secondary Sources
    Secondary Sources are the best place to start your research. Find out what Bloomberg Law has to offer in this webinar. Discussion topics include:

    • Books and treatises – the what, the why, and browsing techniques
    • Manuals and portfolios – up-to-the-minute resources on specific focus areas
    • Search tips for secondary sources
  • Thursday, March 21 – Practice Centers
    Discussion topics include:

    • Practice Centers – what they are and how to access
    • Labor & Employment Practice Center – an in-depth look
    • Practice Tools and Trackers to stay on top of developments
  • Tuesday, March 26 – Statutory Research
    Statutes – hard to find, hard to read, hard to interpret. Discussion topics include:

    • Searching statutes – Federal & State
    • Analyzing statutes – the Smart Code tool and filters
    • Digging into legislative history
  • Thursday, March 28 – Regulatory Research
    Regulations are the most obscure sources of law while you’re in law school, but their importance in real-life legal practice can’t be overstated. Discussion topics include:

    • Finding regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Federal Register (FR)
    • Analyzing and interpreting regulations using Smart Code and other tools

If you have a schedule conflict, you can still benefit from the content. All webinars are recorded so you can watch at your convenience. Review the remaining spring semester webinar schedule and library of recordings using your Bloomberg Law username and password here.