Academic and Historical Research

Links to Databases for Researching . . .

(*N.B. Access may be restricted to SLS-affiliated users.)

HeinOnline (SLS Database)

Comprehensive collection of current and historical U.S. law journals, American Bar Association Journals, state bar journals, and International & Non-U.S. Law Journals (among many other sources/libraries).

EBSCOHost (SLS Database)

EBSCOHost is a comprehensive collection of databases containing thousands of scholarly journals, news materials, and reference works. For beginning searches, the “Academic Search Premiere” database within EBSCOHost is always a good place to start.


Umbrella database with social-science related databases containing both academic articles. In addition, contains an extensive collection of current and historical news.


Like EBSCOHost, Gale Cengage is a collection of useful databases with particularly strong collections of academic journals, historical materials, and newspapers.

JSTOR (SLS Database)

Digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.

Newsbank/Readex Databases (SLS Databases)

“Archive of Americana” contains historical collections of “books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.

“Access World News” contains electronic editions for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (SLS Database)

Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

Legal Scholarship Network (SLS Database)

The Legal Scholarship Network publishes a series of electronic journals of abstracts — of working papers as well as articles — in various areas of law. The Legal Scholarship Network also publishes weekly Professional Announcements that include announcements such as important professional meetings, calls for papers and special issues of journals, and Professional Job Listings. For access, please e-mail

Making of Modern Law (SLS Database)

Ten million pages of legal history from America and Britain. Full text searching of more than 21,000 works from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches, etc. separated into 99 subject areas. Access is limited to members of the Stanford community. From the EZProxy website, select “GALE GROUP.”