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The Maryland State Law Library has an extensive collection of legal databases. All databases below are available from the public computers. A selected number of database are available via the Library's WiFi connection.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Legal Research | Catalog | Journals | Forms | Historical | News | Specialty

All the databases below are available to library patrons free of charge from the public access computers. Some databases are also available via the library's WiFi connection. By using these databases the user agrees to the publisher's terms of use.


Online Legal Research

WestlawNext
Access via Library WiFi and public computers.* Limited seats.
Search for primary legal materials. Includes U.S. case law, codes and regulations.
* Use link off the Patron Start page for access via public computers. Link above will not work.

Lexis
Access via Library WiFi and public computers. Limited seats.
Search for primary legal materials. Includes U.S. case law, codes and regulations.


Library Catalog

Search the Library's Catalog for books, ebooks, journals, ejounals, government publications, task force reports available at the Maryland State Law Library.

Full text of Nolo Books are available from the Library's public computers and WiFi via Ebsco's Legal Information Reference Center and links from the library catalog.


Law Reviews

HeinOnline
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff
Database of full-image, full-text legal journal articles from the time of their inception to present, or near present (varies by title).

Law Review and Journal Portal
Universal Access
Search for all journals, both online and print owned by the library. Includes direct links to journals available online.

Law Review Commons
Universal Access
The Law Review Commons contains over 75,000 articles from open-access law reviews with issues dating from 1904.

Index to Legal Periodicals Current and Retrospective
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff
Comprehensive coverage of U.S. legal periodicals from 1908 to present. Many articles available in full text.

LegalTrac
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff
Index of over 900 legal periodical titles, including journals, newspapers, and law reviews, as well as articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest journal titles.


Legal Forms

Library policy prevents library staff from recommending forms; however, staff can assist with using the web sites and databases below or finding print forms from our extensive collection of form books.

Maryland Legal Forms from the Maryland People's Law Library
Availability: Universal Access
Links to the most commonly used forms from Maryland's District and Circuit Courts, Office of Register of Wills, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Maryland Judiciary Court Forms
Universal Access
Includes many court forms in the following ares: general law, civil law, criminal law, domestic violence, protective orders, peace orders. Also see Family Law Form Finder.

Maryland Legal Forms from Gale/Cengage
Availability: Library public computers and WiFi
This commercial database contains a wide variety of sample Maryland state-specific legal forms.

Please note: All forms in "Maryland Legal Forms" are provided without any warranty, express or implied, as to their legal effect and completeness. The library staff suggests consulting the Maryland Rules when submitting forms to the court. Please use at your own risk. See Disclaimer and liability limitation.

Consumer Law Pleadings from National Consumer Law Center
Availability: Library public computers and WiFi
Includes MS Word and PDF files of over 1300 sample pleadings. A index to this extensive listing of pleadings is available at the reference desk at KF 1610.C.65 and online. Collection includes: demand letters, complaints, document requests, depositions, motions.


Historical Legal Sources

Making of Modern Law
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff
Comprehensive full-text, full-image database of over 22,000 historical American and British legal treatises, published from 1800 to 1926.

LLMC Digital
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff
LLMC Digital includes scanned full-text access to many old reporters including Maryland reporters from 1658-1922 and MD AG Opinions 1917-1971.

Historical Sources from HeinOnline
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff

American Law Institute including Restatements
Attorney General Opinions--State
Code of Federal Regulations
English Reports
Federal Register
Session Law Library
Statutes at Large
Subject Compilations of State Laws
Uniform Laws
U.S. Code


News Databases

Daily Record and Maryland News Sources
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff
Daily Record articles are embargoed for 2-weeks.

Baltimore Sun 1991-forward
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff

Historical News Databases

Baltimore Sun (1837-1988)
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff

Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff

Washington Post (1877-1997)
Availability: Library public computers, WiFi, Md. Judiciary Staff

Newspaper Archive
Availability: Library public computers and WiFi
Database of full-image content for hundreds of U.S. and international newspapers, from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date. Included is the Annapolis Capital from 1887 through 2 years prior to the current year.


Specialty

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios
Availability: Selected library computers. See library staff.
Subscription includes: Tax Management Portfolios, US Income Portfolios, Estates Gifts & Trusts Portfolios w/ Journal, Foreign Income Portfolios w/ International Journal, Daily Tax Report Highlights, Federal and State Forms Weekly Report.

Maryland Legal Publications and Newsletters
Universal Access
Search newsletters, client alerts, articles and other publications on the web sites of Maryland's largest law firms.

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Maryland Task Force Reports
Universal Access
Search and browse an expanding list of Maryland "task force" reports.

Maryland Rules Committee Meeting Minutes
Universal Access
Search and browse Maryland Rules Committee Meeting Minutes from 1947-2007.




Updated: July 2, 2014

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