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Munday Library Databases

While the library’s catalog, SORIN, does offer access to books, journals, articles and videos, there are times when it is more accurate to search for content within the Munday Library’s specialized databases. These links should take you directly to the specific database (if you are off-campus you will need to log in with your St. Edward’s University ID and password). If you have problems connecting, e-mail

Database of legal resources, including laws, regulations, some trials and court reports, a variety of other materials covering United States and foreign law. Coverage includes private and public international law, intellectual property and legal history.

Legal Information +
Information on all areas of legal information, including full text articles from law journals, legal reference books, and legal forms. Searches Legal Collection and Legal Information Reference Center.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
 “Is the world’s largest archive of digital social science data. We acquire, preserve, and distribute original social science research data. ICPSR is a partner in social science research.”

CQ Researcher
Covers health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist and provides researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources

CRS Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a component of the Library of Congress, conducts research and analysis for Congress on a broad range of issues of national policy. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible.

Data Planet Statistical Datasets
Provides access to statistics produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations with capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.

Statista provides access to statistical business data on market researchers, trade organizations, scientific journals, and government databases. Much of the data is related to marketing, demographic, government and industry information.   

Gale eBooks
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Background information to start your research.  Searching 2,211,000 full text articles in 798 titles from 113 publishers. 

Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States
Offers statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Coverage: 1790 to present.

Historical Statistics of the United States
Contains historical statistics on almost all aspects of the U.S., including economics, population, industry, and government. Mainly covers 1790-2000, although some tables have expanded coverage to2003. Also contains explanatory essays on issues such as poverty, labor, education, etc.

Films on Demand (streaming video)

Kanopy (streaming video)

Presearch/Background Resources: U.S.


Legal Information Institute Cornell University School of Law
“The LII collection of world legal materials gathers, country by country, continent by continent, the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the world.”

University of Texas at Austin U.S. Government Information
Portal to courts, agency information, etc.

Law and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals
“ is the premier free, independent, one person produced Web journal dedicated to providing legal,.. professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools. 

Find trusted, free legal information, news, DIY forms and access to local lawyers at

Library of Congress – Guide to Law Online
“A portal of internet sources of interest to legal researchers.”

Federal Judicial Center
Education and research agency for the federal courts.

“Justia’s mission is to advance the availability of legal resources for the benefit of society.  We are especially focused on making primary legal materials and community resources free and easy to find on the Internet.”

Public Legal Research Group
“Serves as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the U.S.”

American Bar Association
“The largest voluntary professional association in the world.  With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.”

Supreme Court

Supreme Court Collection Cornell University Law School
United States Supreme Court Decisions from 1992 to present.

Oyez Project – Supreme Court Media
“The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work.  It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court …The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality ‘tour’ of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.”

Texas Legal Resources

University of Texas at Austin – Tarlton Law Library Texas Legal Research Web Resources
Resource guide to Texas Legal Materials online and in print. 

University of Texas at Austin – Texas Government Information 

International Law

Legal Information Institute Cornell University School of Law
“The LII collection of world legal materials gathers, country by country, continent by continent, the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the world.”

Global Legal Information Network at the Library of Congress
“GLIN is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.”