THE LIBRARY CATALOG
THE ON-LINE CATALOG has library holdings for the Law Library as well as all the libraries in the University System of Maryland. You can choose to search the University of Baltimore Law, the entire University System of Maryland (a combined catalog), or any of individual campus within the system.
LegalTrac is a database of citations to legal periodical articles from 1980 to present.
INDEX TO LEGAL PERIODICALS is an older index to law journals that provides coverage from before 1900 to present, and lists articles in broader subject groups than Legaltrac. (Thus ILP will group a large number of citations under one heading, while Legaltrac might assign them to several more specific subjects).
INDEX TO FOREIGN LEGAL PERIODICALS , which began in 1960, is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in over 500 legal journals published worldwide.
ACCESSING NON-LEGAL DATABASES
In addition to the usual legal sources on Lexis and Westlaw, a number of law-related and non-legal databases are available to researchers. Some are provided through the Lexis and Westlaw services, and others can be found on the Law Library's web page.
Lexis Advance has full-text newspapers from around the country as well as several foreign newspapers. Business news and information on specific companies is also available. International coverage, both legal and general news is especially good. Treatises, Restatements, Model Acts, practice materials and forms are found under Secondary Legal.
Westlaw also has good national newspaper coverage. It also provides access to a wide variety of business and scientific journal indexes via the Dialog gateway (found under databases listed by provider); sources include Environmental Bibliography, Mental Health Abstracts, Philosopher's Index and Public Opinion Online. Forms, treatises, Restatements and Model Acts are also available under Forms, treatises, CLE and other Practice Materials.
Research Port is a web-based database service from the University System of Maryland. The Law Library's subscriptions include Congressional Universe (index of documents from the U.S. Congress), BNA-All, Hein Online (a retrospective collection of over 500 law reviews, Legal Classics and English Reports among other things), and Worldcat (records of all books cataloged by the Library of Congress and other research libraries). A mostly full-text collection of general periodicals articles is found in Academic Search/EBSCO. Ready Reference Shelf provides directory information for associations, research centers, publishers and databases.
These and other Research Port databases can be accessed from the PCs in the Law Library labs, or from home using the Library's bar code on your i.d. as a password. A slightly different group of databases, selected by Langsdale Library, appears in Langsdale's Research Port page when accessed from one of the other PC labs on campus.