Law Databases and Websites

The following databases and websites are sorted by type, location and topic for your convenience. You will also find them listed alphabetically with descriptions.

Please note:

  • Databases with names followed by "[COL]" are restricted to current students, faculty and staff of the College of Law.
  • Off-campus access to some databases is also limited to College of Law students, faculty and staff. If you're affiliated with the College of Law, contact the Reference Desk to learn how to obtain off-campus access.

Not sure where to start? Contact our reference desk for help with selecting and using the best sources for your research.

Databases Sorted by Type

Comprehensive Legal Databases

Legal Journals and Law Reviews

Case Law

Non-Law Resources From University Libraries

Library Catalogs

  • NIU Catalog - Searches all NIU Libraries.
  • I-Share Catalog - Searches over 80 academic & specialized libraries in Illinois.
  • WorldCat - Searches library collections worldwide.

NIU/DeKalb Resources for Legal Assistance

Databases Sorted by Jurisdiction


Executive Branch and Administration
Legislative Branch
Judicial Branch

Illinois and Other States

Foreign and International

United Kingdom

Databases Sorted by Topic


Criminal Law

Environmental Law and Safety

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Family Law

Health Law

Intellectual Property

Labor and Employment Law

Legal Education

Legal History


Securities Law



Databases Listed Alphabetically