Cite Checker Resources

See this guide or the research librarians for help. To obtain documents unavailable on campus, use the interlibrary loan form or contact Carmela Kinslow at the Circulation Desk.

Finding Sources by Type

Books, Journal Titles, Reports, Proceedings, etc.


Journal Articles and Newspapers

  • E-journal locator — non-law journal articles available in pdf or full text through the Hesburgh Library
  • Google — Why not give it a try? See the advanced Google searching handout here
  • HeinOnline — journal articles in pdf
  • Historical Newspaper Databases — see the full list of historical newspaper databases available to you through Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective — for verifying cites for pre-1980 legal journal articles with links to HeinOnline for pdf versions
  • Law Library Catalog — use it to see if we have a journal in print
  • Lexis and Westlaw — post-1985 articles (varies by publication) in full text (for verifying citations) but not in pdf
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm includes more recent (2008 – current) issues of Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post in pdf format.
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers — full text of major American newspapers in pdf. To view the list of newspapers and date-ranges included in this database, click on the “Publications” link under at the top left of the “Advanced Search” page (above the ProQuest logo).


Court Documents

  • For information on obtaining dockets and court documents (briefs, motions, pleadings, orders, exhibits, etc.) for both decided and pending cases, click here

Finding Sources by Jurisdiction

Federal Resources

  • Congress.gov – bills and public laws in pdf. (Congress.gov will replace THOMAS.gov by the end of 2014.)
  • Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents has been replaced by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents as of January 29, 2009.
  • FDSYS — Congressional hearings (1985-present) and reports (1995-present).
  • Federal Register and CFR — administrative regulations, executive orders and proclamations
  • Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978 – Records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court during the final years of Chief Justice John Marshall’s Court through the first ten years of the Warren Court.
  • ProQuest Congressional — Bills, hearings, reports, committee prints, debates and public laws of the U.S. Congress from 1789-present are indexed by subject, title, personal names, document numbers, and more. Full text (PDF) is available for most documents. (Full text of all documents indexed also can be found in the law library’s microform collection.) Also contains compiled legislative histories for laws passed from 1969-present. Compare with ProQuest Legislative Insight containing much the same information - but only for enacted laws (1929 to 2013).
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight — compiled federal legislative histories containing digital full-text versions of bills, Congressional Record debates, committee hearings, and reports for enacted U.S. Public Laws (1929 to present). Committee prints, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications are provided as background material. Presidential signing statements are also included.
  • THOMAS — bills and public laws in pdf (THOMAS.gov will be replaced by Congress.gov by the end of 2014.)
  • U.S. Reports — official Supreme Court cases
  • U.S. Statutes at Large and United States Code — federal statutes. Update the U.S.C. with these classification tables listing sections of the U.S.C. affected by recently enacted laws
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents — contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week (1993-present). Also available through HeinOnline (1965-)
  • Westlaw — unofficial federal cases in pdf


State Resources

  • LLMC — full text, searchable database of many official U.S. state materials including old official reports.
  • State Statutes: A Historical Archive - Superseded state codes with coverage back to 1717
  • Westlaw — unofficial state cases in pdf

Foreign and International Law Resources

  • British History Online — containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles
  • English Reports — English case reports from 1220-1873
  • Official Documents of the United Nations — covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are added to the system on a daily basis.
  • UN Treaties — scanned text of UN Treaty Series. Also includes separate database listing status of all treaties