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)
  • Supplement


    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)
  • Supplement


    36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century.


  • Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises


    English and American Legal Treatises.


  • Making of the Modern World, 1450-1914
  • 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 centuryFull text collection of books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history.


  • Early European Books
  • Printed Sources to 1701
  • from the collections of the Royal Library of Copenhagen and the National Central Library of Florence


  • 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.