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Databases and Journal Indexes
Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost)
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals
A journal that contains original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Controversial topics addressed in a balanced, unbiased manner.
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.
A growing collection of over 100,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser without downloading or installing anything to your computer. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free). Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to iOS and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, see the Quick Start Guide or the Download Guide.
EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.
General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.
GPO Access FREE
A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. Search for government documents in each of the three branches - legislative, executive, and judicial or by using the US Government Publications Catalog Search.
GPO Monthly Catalog (OCLC FirstSearch)
Produced by the U.S. Government Printing Office, this index uses the familiar OCLC FirstSearch interface to help you locate all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records, judiciary materials, and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). It covers dcouments published from 1976 to present.
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.
Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Provides complete coverage of the most important English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Full text is available for over 400 periodicals, many of them peer-reviewed, as far back as 1994
An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.
Provides access to full-text legal, business, and news publications. Includes law review articles and more than 300 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Provides access to the Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789, and federal regulations from The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations, European Union law from the CELEX database, and international case law from a number of other countries. Includes detailed financials, competitive information and SWOT analysis of more than 80 million public, private, and international companies. Includes Securities Exchange Commission filings and reports. Includes national and regional newspapers, wire services, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, international news, and non-English language sources.
An authoritative database continaing peer-reviewed journals in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, and law.
MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.
Military and Government Collection (EBSCOHost)
A database for current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. It provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.
NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service FREE
A federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
A comprehensive online resource available for congressional publications and legislative research. You can perform in-depth research in public policy, historical, and legal areas of interest. It includes abstracts and indexing for congressional publications, legislative histories, member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, and financial data; and the full text of key regulatory and statutory resources. Formerly known as LexisNexis: Congressional.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.
SAGE Journals Online
SAGE Journals Online (SAGE Premier) is a collection of over 560 full-text journals in over 50 disciplines including business, communication, criminology, education, humanities, industrial relations, labor, medicine, political science, psychology, social science, science, technology, urban studies, and more. Includes research journals published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies.
An online collection of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) books, journals, and reference works from Springer-Verlag. Subject areas covered include Architecture and Design; Behavioral Science; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Business and Economics; Chemistry and Materials Science; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Medicine; Physics and Astronomy; Professional and Applied Computing.
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.
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Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) (REF. KF65 .M3 V. 1-101)
South Carolina Jurisprudence : A Complete Narrative, and Encyclopedic Statement of South Carolina Law (REF. KFS1865 .S68 1991 V.1-32 +Index)
American Law Reports, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Fed (ALR) (Ref. KF132.6/.A45*) (Vols. in Storage)
Landmark Supreme Court Cases (Ref. KF4549/.L37/1991)
South Carolina Reports (Ref. KFS1845/. S64)
United States Reports : Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court (Ref. KF101 .U5 V. 1-349 on Microfiche ; Ref. KF101 .U5 V. 350-533)
United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Their Locations (1976) (Ref. KF101.6/.A5)
United States Supreme Court Decisions: An Index to Excerpts, Reprints, and Discussions (Ref. KF101.6/.G83/1983)
U.S. Supreme Court Education Cases (Ref. KF4110.3 .U15 1998-- )
Statutes and Codes
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (Reference Office)
Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, Annotated (Ref. KFS1830 1976 .A2 INDEX 2003, V. 1- V. 27, SUPPL. 2002)
United States Code (Ref. KF62 2000 .A2 2001 V. 1-35)
United States Statutes at Large (Ref. KF50 .U545)
Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations : A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students (Ref. KF246 .B46 2001)
Black's Law Dictionary (Ref. KF156/.B53/1999)
Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules (Ref. KF8816/.A193/1999)
Guide to South Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure (Ref. KFS2361/.W38/1994)
The Lawyer's Guide to Internet Research (Ref. KF242.A1 L353 2000)
National Survey of State Laws (Ref. KF386/.N38/yr)
The Roxbury Dictionary of Criminal Justice : Key Terms and Major Court Cases (Ref. HV7411/.C48/1997)
South Carolina Rules of Court (Ref. KFS2329/.A197/year)
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American Law Sources On-line (ALSO!)
For the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Internet Legal Resource Guide
National Federation of Paralegal Associations Legal Resources
Native American Legal Resources
The Virtual Chase: Legal Research on the Internet
Code of Federal Regulations
Supreme Court of the United States (official site)
Legislative information on the Internet courtesy of the Library of Congress
Opinions of the Supreme Court of South Carolina
South Carolina Legislature Online
Convenient access point for the South Carolina Code of Laws, Code of Regulations, S.C. Constitution, and archives of legislation since 1975.
South Carolina Reference Desk (courtesy of the University of South Carolina Law School)
Includes links to The South Carolina Constitution, as well as to the courts and bar
State Constitutions (University of South Carolina Law Center)
Provides access to fundamental laws of the states.
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Journals and Magazines
The following journals are available in the CSU library:
American Business Law Journal
The American Journal of International Law
The Business Lawyer
Employee Relations Law Journal
The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
The Journal of Law & Economics
South Carolina Law Review
Find a list of e-journals in law available at CSU
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