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Resources for SJD Candidates

Library Catalogs

To search for print and electronic titles, consult Biddle’s LOLA/Encore online catalog and the general library system’s Franklin online catalog. If you are looking for legal materials, LOLA/Encore will offer a search of all titles available at the law library. If an item you are looking for is not available at the law library, consult Van Pelt’s Franklin catalog to see if other campus libraries carry that item.

Interlibrary Loan

If you require items that are not available through the University of Pennsylvania, consult the Biddle Law Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) procedures:
Biddle Law Library Interlibrary Loan Services

Resources for Legal Research

  • Biddle Law Library’s Electronic Resources: A to Z
  • Links to electronic databases and other resources for legal research provided by the Biddle Law Library, arranged alphabetically.
  • Biddle Law Library’s Electronic Resources by Subject
    Links to electronic databases and other resources for legal research provided by the Biddle Law Library. Materials are arranged by subject matter.
  • Bloomberg Law
    Bloomberg Law aims to compete directly with Westlaw and LexisNexis. While its search functions and secondary resources are still developing, Bloomberg is a great resource for financial and company information, example documents in a variety of practice areas, and for its dockets searching which provides access to many full-text documents filed in all federal and some state courts. If you do not already have a Bloomberg username and password please contact Ellen Qualey,, to request access.
  • HeinOnline
    Contains United States federal and state material and historical documents, international agreements and treaties in the U.S. and U.N treaty collections. Trial transcripts and analysis in the World Trials library, current and historical constitutions in the World Constitutions Illustrated module, and law reviews and journals from the United States and other countries.
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
    Provides access to legal literature worldwide, covering all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes comparative law and legal systems, such as Islamic law; socialist law; public and private intrnational law; and transnational commercial law. While publications concerning British and American law are not included, British and American publications concerning foreign law are included. IFLP is searchable in multiple languages, and provides links to digital sources for the material indexed.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
    Indexes scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews, and more in the major English-language legal journals by subject, and directs users to the articles online through the “Library Owns?” link. Coverage is international.
  • LexisNexis
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • U.S. Legislative publciations and government information, including pending bills, laws, legislative histories, committee reports and documents, selected Congressional hearings and committee prints, and biographical data about members of Congress. Index of publications dated back to 1970, with full-text available from the mid 1980s.
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight
  • Legislative Insight provides full-text legislative histories for selected laws. Coverage varies. Try checking Legislative Insight first to see if your bill is included in this database. If not, turn to ProQuest Congressional to search legislative documents.
  • vLex
  • vLex is a globally-oriented database presenting primary and secondary legal resources for 134 countries and international organizations, and is particularly helpful for those researching the law of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.  vLex provides the full text of constitutions, legislation and legal codes, plus law journals, newspapers, and treatises, all searchable in multiple languages. 
  • Westlaw

Resources for Interdisciplinary Research

The University of Pennsylvania provides a vast amount of print and electronic resources for research beyond the field of law. If you are interested in research in various disciplines, browsing the Penn Libraries’ Subject Collections can point you toward the most relevant databases and titles for your research purposes.

    A large database of full-text articles covering all scholarly disciplines. Includes bibliographic citations, indexes, and abstracts for over 16,000 periodicals. Also includes popular magazines and news sources.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar indexes the full text of scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas and includes pointers to books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, preprints, and technical reports. Links in Google Scholar may direct users to the publisher’s website to pay for access. Instead, use Google Scholar through the link above to see full-text materials provided by Penn Libraries within your Google Scholar search results.
    PDF files of journal articles for a variety of publications, with an emphasis on humanities and social science disciplines.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    An index of statistical data published in federal, state, and selected privately published titles. Some full-text and tables available.
  • Penn Libraries Subject Collections
    Aggregates e-resources, journals, research guides, specialized library information and contact information by area of study.