This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal system of the United States of America at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for US law (federal and state), including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.
The first three resources are available only to holders of a current Oxford Single Sign On username and password. Westlaw US and LexisLibrary will be useful to find both sources of US law, and commentary. The Oxford subscription to HeinOnline includes full-text access to a large number of American law journals.
Sample of useful sites available to all with access to the internet
Depending on the nature of your research, and especially if they have an interdisciplinary dimension with for example politics, economics or history, SOLO searches may reveal useful material held in other parts of the Bodleian.
Holders of an Oxford SSO should see if the Westlaw US section Trial Court Documents (Motions, Pleadings, Jury Instruction Filings,
Exhibits, Interrogatories) and Dockets. However readers who have had previous experience of a Westlaw US subscription while either at a US university or in a law firm may not find the collection as comprehensive as was available in their previous life.
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator. PACER is provided by the Federal Judiciary
Please note that the Bodleian Law Library does not have any subscription to this source. Details about the fees for self-registration is available on the website, just follow the links.
Need to understand more about what PACER offers?
Use second link to find free online Training which will show you what type of documents and data you would be able to extract from PACER should you decide to go ahead.
Free alternatives to PACER
The two final links may be worth trying - especially for cases from 2004 onwards.
The original work behind this Libguide was done by Ron Richenburg Reference & Interlibrary Loans - Senior Library Assistant