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Researching the Law in the United States for LLM Students

Resources for LLM students for research, the U.S. legal system, and studying at law school


This page provides an overview of some of the non-legal research resources available to you through the Stanford libraries. Because of the myriad types of sources available, these are only a sampling of what's available. We encourage you to contact the reference librarians ( if you have specific research questions or are looking for specific types of sources not covered on this page.

Major Databases

The major databases for non-legal research include:

    • Includes a broad variety of historical, humanities, and social science articles, as well as music, information sciences, and more. Browse the list of databases for the full list of resources.
  • Gale
    • Historical archives of several major newspapers; the Gale Directory Library; and the Women's Studies Archive are just a few of the resources available through Gale.
  • Graduate School of Business Business Databases
    • Collection of academic journal articles, books and some primary sources. Best for social science research.
  • ProQuest
    • Similar to Gale in its breadth of resources; includes business resources, environmental science, historical newspapers, and sociology resources, among many others.
  • Sage Journals
    • Portfolio of hundrerds of journals spanning criminology, humanities, social sciences, science, and technology
  • Taylor and Francis
    • Great sources of articles related to law from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Please also see the Secondary Sources: Legal Research section of this guide for information about using Searchworks, Articles+, and Google Scholar (all of which include both legal and non-legal secondary sources).