Finding Full Text Books Online

To find individual books available at the Yale Law Library, whether in print or online, use the MORRIS and Orbis catalogs.  MORRIS is found at and Orbis is found at

Union catalogs, such as WorldCat provide information about books that Yale does not own.  WorldCat also indicates libraries that own the books in its database.

If you find a reference to a book that Yale does not own, you may request it through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) process.  The online ILL process is simple and fast.

To find additional collections of online books and other full-text sources, use the Yale University Library’s Metalibdatabase or the Law Library’s Legal Databases page.

Below please find information about several databases available to members of the Yale community that contain full-text books.  Most databases require presence at a Yale library or a NetID.   Information provided includes the name of the database, the approximate years of coverage, a brief description, and, if relevant, more specific limitations on access or other specific information.

  • Early English Books Online
    Virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    138,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.
  • Early American Imprints: Series I (Evans)
    Non-serial titles of works issued in what was to be the United States and recorded by Charles Evans in his American Bibliography and additional items identified by Roger Pattrell Bristol in Supplement to Evans’ American Bibliography.
  • Early American Imprints: Series II (Shaw-Shoemaker)
    36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century.
  • Making of Modern Law
    English and American Legal Treatises.
  • Making of the Modern World
    61,000 works of literature on economic and business published in Europe and North America.
  • Early Canadiana Online
    From first European contact to the late 19th century
    Full text collection of books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history.
  • Gutenberg-E
    Before 1800
    Africa, colonial Latin America, and South Asia, and Europe. The books represent a range of subjects.
  • Books @ Ovid
    Medicine, nursing, and pharmacology.
  • Books 24x7
    Computing and information technology. Available only to current Yale faculty, students, and staff.
  • Safari Tech Books
    Programming and information technology.
  • Ebrary
    Covers a variety of subjects.
  • NetLibrary
    Current and older
    Covers a variety of subjects.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
    Material from the Economics, Finance and Political Science collections of Oxford University Press.
  • PsycBooks
    From the early 19th century
    500 titles, including approximately 50 classic books in psychology.