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Online Databases

The Law Library purchases a variety of online databases to assist faculty, students, and staff with their research needs. In addition, links to particularly useful legal research oriented websites are included in the list.

The type of access provided to each resource is marked by the following indicators:

INT (Free Internet Resource)

LAW (Available on the School of Law campus)

LEX/WEST (Available via Lexis and/or Westlaw)

PASS (Available using a password; contact a reference librarian for assistance)

PEP (Available on any Pepperdine campus)

WN (Available anywhere with your WaveNet username and password)

In addition to the resources listed below, Pepperdine School of Law students have full access to the electronic databases available through the Pepperdine University Libraries. Visit the Libraries' Electronic Databases page to view a listing of resources by title, subject, or type.

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American Memory from the Library of Congress (INT)

Digitized archival materials from the Library of Congress, including legal and historical materials.

America's Historical Imprints & Newspapers (WN)

Electronic versions of Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 and Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876. These databases include monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents, ephemera and newspapers from these time periods.

Blawgsearch (INT)

Search engine and directory of legal blogs.

Bloomberg BNA (WN)

Access news and reference materials on a wide range of legal topics, from Criminal Law and Family Law to Intellectual Property and Tax. Users can sign up for regular email updates. Click on the link above to access our full list of Bloomberg BNA resources by title or by subject.

Bloomberg Law (PASS)

Along with state and federal primary and secondary legal materials, Bloomberg Law provides access to extensive business & financial news and information. Account holders can also use it as an alternative to PACER to access federal dockets, as well as many state and even some international dockets. Registered students have free summer use of Bloomberg Law no matter where you will be working.

School of Law students, faculty, and staffTo register for a Bloomberg Law account, click here and enter your name, Pepperdine Law email address, and other required information, then click Submit. (You do not need an activation code.) You will then receive an email with a temporary password, and can begin researching in Bloomberg Law right away by signing in at


Interactive tutorials in over 25 different legal subject areas. To access this resource from their website, you must register using the Pepperdine University School of Law CALI authorization code. If you do not have the authorization code please see a reference librarian.  Complete your registration on the CALI website (linked above).

California Code of Regulations (INT)

Provides free public access to the full text of the CCR.

California Courts (INT)

Includes published opinions from 1850 to date, unpublished opinions from the last 60 days, judicial forms, court rules and a wealth of other resources.

California Legislative Information (INT)

Information regarding pending matters before the California legislature.

CCH Online (WN)

CCH Online is an electronic library of approximately 150 titles published by CCH and Aspen publishers. It includes primary materials, such as cases, statutes and regulations, as well as secondary materials, such as practice guides, newsletters and other treatises. CCH Online covers a wide array of legal topics including, but not limited to, antitrust and trade regulation, banking, construction law, corporations, energy, finance, government contracts, insurance, intellectual property, products liability, securities, transportation law and trial practice. NOTE: CCH Online works best in Internet Explorer. You may experience problems using CCH Online in other browsers.


Includes full-text CEB practice materials on a wide array of topics, including business law, civil litigation, evidence, family law, real property, torts, and more.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) (WN)

A resource for materials related to all aspects of international affairs. It contains working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs related to theory, policy, diplomacy, politics and law in the international arena (INT)

A Library of Congress website for current United States legislative information.

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) (LAW) (WEST)

A current awareness service providing topical access to over 500 legal publications.


A website for locating the highest quality primary materials, authoritative web sites and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet, developed and maintained by the American Society for International Law.

Encyclopedia of Human Rights (WN)

This is the online edition for the five-volume Encyclopedia of Human Rights, edited by David Forsythe. The encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.


[Formerly GPO Access] A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to the information products produced by the Federal Government.

Findlaw (INT)

A website for locating a wide variety of law related resources, including primary sources materials, news and career related information.

Foreign Law Guide (WN)

The Foreign Law Guide provides an analysis of the legal systems of approximately 200 countries. Each country's analysis identifies publications for legal materials of that country, including publications with English translations; provides links to relevant Internet resources; and identifies by legal topic (i.e. family law, intellectual property, etc.) the relevant statutes for that country. In addition, the Foreign Law Guide contains links to a wide range of conventions and treaties.

Free Access to Law Movement (FALM) (INT)

A listing of national and multi-national organizations, including the Legal Information Institutes, that provide free access to legal resources (including case law and statutes) in their respective jurisdictions.

Global Arbitration Review (LAW) (PASS)

Access international arbitration news and journal articles. For off-campus access, please contact a reference librarian for a username and password.

Global Jurist (LAW)

Global Jurist offers a forum for scholarly debate on issues of comparative law, law and economics, international law, law and development, and legal anthropology.

Hein Online (WN)

Extensive collection of most major legal journals with digitized images of the original pages. The best source for an electronic copy of law review articles published prior to 1980. In addition, Hein Online includes a wealth of historical and contemporary information regarding legal restatements, legislative materials, presidential materials, government agency information and legal treatises. Foreign and International materials, such as World Constitutions Illustrated, treaties, UN documents and English Reports are also included in Hein Online.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (WN)

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books makes it easy to search for articles from legal periodicals published from 1981 to the present.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Retrospective (WN)

Locate articles published from 1908 to 1981.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Database (INT)

Search for Inter-American Court decisions by case name, country, date, or topic. Downloadable case summaries are available for selected cases.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Customary International Humanitarian Law Database (INT)

Rules, treaties and analysis regarding international humanitarian law.

Investment Arbitration Reporter (WN)

An electronic news service tracking cross-border arbitrations between foreign investors and their host governments.

Investor-State Law Guide (WN)

Investor-State Law Guide (ISLG) is a new research tool in the area of investment treaty arbitration. ISLG contains rules, conventions, bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements (including NAFTA), and arbitration decisions, all of which are cross-referenced. Database research tools include Subject Navigation, Terms and Connectors indexing, Article Citator (showing how a specific legal instrument is considered by tribunals), and Jurisprudence Citator (showing how specific decisions have been treated by subsequent tribunals).

Justia (INT)

Provides free case law, codes, regulations and legal information for lawyers, business, students and consumers world wide.

Kluwer Arbitration (LAW) (PASS)

"KluwerArbitration offers you a fully-searchable database with materials in the field of International Commercial Arbitration. KluwerArbitration is brought to you by Kluwer Law International in association with the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the International Council of Commercial Arbitration." 

For off-campus access to Kluwer Arbitration, please contact a reference librarian for a username and password.

Law360 (LAW) (PASS) 

Law360 is a popular current awareness resource for legal news. Access litigation updates, reports on major law firms, breaking news in a number of practice areas, and much more.

For off-campus access:

  • School of Law Faculty/Staff: Please contact a reference librarian.
  • School of Law students: You must create your own off-campus login. Visit the Law360 website while on campus and click on "Sign In" in the top right-hand corner, then create an account using your email address. 
LawMemo (PASS) (*New*)

LawMemo provides labor and employment law cases dating back to 1999 from all appellate state and federal courts, including the DC Circuit and the US Supreme Court. Included are three reporters: the Employment Law Memo (ELM), the NLRB Law Memo, and the Arbitration Law Memo (ALM). Receive custom alerts based on jurisdiction(s) and/or topic(s) with your LawMemo account.

School of Law faculty, students, and staff: Register for services on the LawMemo signup website, then sign in at

Legal Information Institute (INT)

The website is one of the most expansive legal reference collections in the world, with links to almost every legal topic, constitutions and codes, court opinions, law by source or jurisdiction.

Legal Scholarship Network (PASS)

Abstracts of journal articles accepted for publication as well as working papers. Part of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Lexis (PASS)

Access to a wide variety of law and news oriented resources.

LLMC-Digital (LAW)

Digitized copies of a wide variety of older legal resource materials, such as older federal and state statutes, opinions, and executive branch materials.

Loislaw Treatise Library (WN)

An online library of more than a hundred legal treatises on a wide variety of topics, including bankruptcy, business law construction law, drunk driving, elder law, employment law, estate planning, evidence, family law, internet law, personal injury law, product liability and real estate law. After accessing this database, click on “All Treatise Library” to enter the database.

Making of Modern Law (MOML) (WN)

The Making of Modern Law, also known as MOML, includes treatises on early American and British law published from 1800 to 1926. It is an invaluable resource for researching legal history and the foundations of the law.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (WN) 

Search or browse peer-reviewed articles on a wide variety of topics related to public international law.

Old Bailey (INT)

Proceedings of London's Central Criminal Court from 1674 to 1913.

Oxford Journals Online (WN)

Access a collection of 222 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, mathematics & physical sciences, medicine and law. Legal journal titles include Journal of Church and State and the British Yearbook of International Law.

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History (WN) 

A legal encyclopedia providing comprehensive coverage of political and legal history in the United States.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (WN)

A legal encyclopedia that includes historical and contemporary comparisons of the world legal systems.

Oxford Legal Research Library: International Commercial Arbitration (WN) (*New)

Access the full-text of some of the leading works on international commercial arbitration, including texts that cover the key arbitral bodies and jurisdictions as well as a number of officially recognized texts covering the rules of particular arbitral bodies. Also featured are key treatises looking at specific areas of international arbitration practice, with topics ranging from consent and annulment through to the calculation of damages.

Oxford Reference Online (WN)

Includes a number of resources regarding the law, politics and human rights, including, but not limited to, legal encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Parry & Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (WN)

An encyclopedia of international law.

ProQuest Congressional / ProQuest Serial Set Digital Collection, 1789-1969 (WN)

A source for Congressional materials from 1789 to date.

ProQuest Legislative Insight (WN)

Selected compiled U.S. Congressional legislative histories, with links to the full-text of most of the identified documents.

RefWorld (INT)

Maintained by the United Nations Refugee Agency, this website contains a comprehensive collection of national and international case law, country-specific news and reports, treaties and agreements, and more.

State Bar of California (INT)

Information about this public corporation with the judicial branch of the California government. This organization is charged with regulating lawyers in California.

State Bar of California - Rules of the State Bar (INT)

A website for information about the rules and regulations governing attorneys in California. Includes links to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar Act, California Rules of Court, and related state statutes.

TradeLawGuide (WN)

An online database for researching WTO Law. Available research tools include annotated agreements, article/jurisprudence citators, and commentaries and papers on recent WTO cases.

Transnational Dispute Management (WN) 

A journal publishing articles on international commercial arbitration, international investment, and more. Full-text access is granted for articles published in the current year plus articles from the prior two years.

University Libraries' Databases (WN)

Numerous non-law databases covering business, communication, education, humanities, social sciences, psychology, and science.

United Nations Treaty Collection (INT)

Full-text as well as status of treaties filed with the U.N. Secretary-General.

vLex (LAW) 

Access full-text legislation, constitutions, case law, legal articles, and more from over 100 countries and other jurisdictions including the European Union. Many documents are available in their original language; a side-by-side translation feature is available.

Westlaw (PASS)

Access to wide variety of law and new oriented resources and TWEN.

Westlaw Study Aids (PASS) 

Pepperdine law students now have unlimited online access to Westlaw Study Aids.  Users can search across over 430 titles belonging to 13 series, including Nutshell and Gilbert Law Summaries. Other handy content includes career guides, eFlash Cards, exam preparation materials, and more. Students can add highlights, notes, and comments to the text of study aids.

To begin using Westlaw Study Aids, sign into your Westlaw account at From there, select Study Aids Subscription (under Legal Research & Tools) or click on the My eProducts link at the top of the page.

WorldCat (WN)

OCLC's Online Union Catalog contains bibliographic records of all types of materials owned by libraries around the world. WorldCat covers materials dating back to the 11th century, includes holdings information from libraries in 45 countries and is updated daily.

World Legal Information Institute (INT)

Access to the information found at various legal databases providing reliable legal information throughout the world. (INT)

Resources of interest to those researching world trade law issues.