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Have a Paper to Write? These Databases Can Help

Looking for more resources for your paper? We subscribe to a number of law databases in addition to Westlaw and Lexis, and the main library has even more databases that may prove helpful to your research.

Some of the databases may require use of your CSU Scholar PIN to access off campus. Your Scholar PIN provides access to the My Account feature on Scholar, which enables you to renew your checked-out materials and see the status of your requested materials. Your Scholar PIN also provides remote access to many databases. 

To get a PIN, go to Scholar and click on My Account, enter your name and CSU ID#, and click submit. The system will prompt you to enter a new PIN.

Check here for common connection problems related to off-campus databases.

Contact IT at if you have issues with the ID and Pin access.

In a Paper Class? Look to Our Research Guides

Many law students go directly to Lexis, or Westlaw when beginning a research project. While these databases may be useful, widening the net in the search for information for your paper or project may be helpful.

When unsure about where to seek a particular type of information, 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 main library’s homepage link can also be found on the law library’s homepage.

The non-law databases contain full-text of articles and documents along with indexes and abstracts that 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 Lexis, and Westlaw.

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

You can also schedule a Research Consultation.

Finding Sources in HeinOnline

You may have already used HeinOnline (authentication needed for remote access) to pull up law review articles, older versions of the CFR, or maybe older state statutes. If you haven’t used HeinOnline yet, it’s worth checking out.

In terms of finding a source you need, HeinOnline is pretty straightforward. When you go to the main page, you’ll see the main subcategories of information (called libraries) laid out in a browsable list. If you know that HeinOnline includes the Congressional Record, then you can find that source by browsing to the U.S. Congressional Documents library.

Another way to find sources in HeinOnline is to use the Catalog tab that’s at the top. There you can type in the name of any source you’re looking for. For example, using the Catalog tab, you could find out that HeinOnline includes an earlier edition of the Ohio Lawyers’ Practice Handbook with Forms.

HeinOnline Catalog


Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals for More Than What You Might Think

C|M|LAW students, faculty and staff have access to the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals through the library’s subscription to the HeinOnline database (authentication required for remote access). As the name implies, this index helps you locate foreign journal materials in multiple languages. So that makes it useful if you’re writing a paper or note on an international or foreign law topic.

Additionally, IFLP can be useful for finding articles on U.S. law, including unique perspectives from other countries on our nation’s laws. IFLP includes over 400,000 records and indexes materials in 26 different languages including English, German, Spanish and Chinese (but you can keyword search or subject search in English!). Although many of the journals are academic in nature, practitioners can also use IFLP to find practice-orientated articles from around the world.

Being an index as opposed to a strictly full-text database means that you may have to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. You can contact us at if this is the case. But you may also find some full-text materials in IFLP – about 20% of the records are full text.

Hat tip to colleagues at AALL for their recent webinar on IFLP.

Meet a Treatise: Williston on Sales

Samuel Williston (1861-1963) was an American lawyer and law professor at Harvard Law school for 40 years. He, along with Corbin and Farnsworth, are considered the giants of all aspects of contracts and sales law.

Williston on Sales is now in its fifth edition. This multi-volume treatise focuses on the sections under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governing sales. Topics addressed include the contract of sale, rules of construction, statute of frauds, and warranties. The current edition is not available electronically, but the first edition is available via HeinOnline.

Williston also has a treatise on the related area of Contracts.