Historical Research Databases

19th Century Masterfile
(Poole's Plus)

19th Century Masterfile is a vast "Index of Indexes", and is the largest resource for historical research prior to 1925. It brings together over 60 subject indexes to: Periodicals, Newspapers, Books, US Congressional Record, US and UK Government Documents, US Patents.

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Access Newspaperarchive

A database of over 50 million pages of newspaper articles mostly from small-town newspapers throughout the United States in the 1800s and 1900s.

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Alt-press Watch

Alt-Press Watch is a full-text database of articles from grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals of alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current.

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Avalon Project

A Yale-based project to provide documents in law, history and diplomacy back to the 18th century and earlier.

Avalon Project

A Yale-based project to provide documents in law, history and diplomacy back to the 18th century and earlier.

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Chicago Manual of Style Online

Searchable guide on editorial style and publishing practices. Now offers full contents from the 16th and 15th editions.

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China Academic Journals
(Chinese Academic Journals)

This database provides access to full text Chinese journal articles in Medicine/Hygiene, Literature/History/Philosophy, Economics/Political Science/Law, and Education/Social Science (a total of 2000+ journal titles). The database has an English language interface. Please note that Yale does not subscribe to the Science/Technology section of the database, but a separate bibliographic database provides citations to articles in the Science/Technology section.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. A subscription to The Chronicle includes access to all of this Web site and to Academe Today, our daily e-mail newsletter. <p>Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's Web site features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as an online CV's, salary databases, and more.

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Colonial State Papers

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Also included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

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Colonial State Papers Online

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

Columbia International Affairs Online

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 to present. It includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, journal articles, book chapters, case studies, and policy briefs. Each section of CIAO is updated with new material on a regular schedule and a list of sources for each type of material is provided.

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CQ Press Congress Collection
(CQ Press Electronic Library)

Created and hosted by CQ Press, the CQ Electronic Library (CQEL) is the definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. A wealth of CQ Press resources and years of journalistic and editorial expertise are combined in CQEL (pronounced SEEμquell). It also offers researchers—whether students, scholars, professionals, or interested citizens—a range of tools for discovering, understanding, and making use of its authoritative content.

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CQ Roll Call Daily
(CQ Today)

CQ Roll Call is the only media organization that covers every legislative action in Congress. With archives dating to the 99th Congress in 1985, we provide users with every action of every bill from introduction to final outcome. Users can access the full chronology of bill actions with detailed analysis; easy-to-read bill summaries; detailed information on floor speeches; summaries of votes in subcommittees, full committees and on the House and Senate floors; and more. CQ Roll Call’s daily legislative news &amp; schedules source is published every day that Congress is in session and is updated throughout the day in the online format. It provides numerous in-depth articles each day on important congressional action including floor activity, markups, hearings conference committee negotiations and a wrap-up of the previous day’s Hill activity.

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Digital National Security Archive

The Digital National Security Archive contains a comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 36 collections consisting of over 80,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 500,000 total pages. It covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.

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Duke University School of Law Journals
(Duke Law Journals)

Duke Law School provides free online access to all of its academic journals. These Web pages contain the complete text of each journal issue dating back to January 1996 in a fully searchable HTML format and in PDF. New issues are posted on the web simultaneously with print publication.

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Early English Books Online

Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English; based on the Bell & Howell microfilm collections Early English Books 1475-1640 and Early English Books 1641-1700;searches can be restricted to legal materials.

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Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Fully searchable digital images of books published during the 18th Century, including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science.

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Ethnic NewsWatch
(Ethnic NewsWatch: A History)

Ethnic NewsWatch provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses. The current collection, Ethnic NewsWatch™, covers 1990-present, and the historical collection, Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, spans 1959-1989. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.

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(Official Journal of the European Union)

EUR-Lex provides free access to European Union law and other documents considered to be public. The website is available in 23 official languages of the European Union; choose your preferred language from the language bar at the top of the homepage. The contents of the site amount to some 2 815 000 documents with texts dating back to 1951. The database is updated daily and every year around 12 000 documents are added. [About page, 11/2011]

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Factiva contains nearly 8,000 sources from 118 countries and 22 languages, and 120 continuously updated newswires. Coverage includes: Same-day and archival coverage of The Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Les Echos, South China Morning Post, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Straits Times, Yomiuri Shimbun, and local newspapers from every corner of the globe. Newswires include Dow Jones, Reuters, Associated Press, Asia Pulse, and over 120 other continuously updating industry, press release and local newswires. Transcripts from BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, NPR and more. The following sites have detailed information on Factiva content: <a href="http://www.factiva.com/sources/index.asp">Search the Factiva content set</a>. See <a href="http://www.factiva.com/sources/sourceadditions.asp">what content recently has been added to Factiva</a>. Read more about <a href="http://www.factiva.com/sources/cicchanges.asp">changes</a> Years of Coverage: Varies by file

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Foreign Law Guide
(Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World)

Great background information into every country's history and legal system. Also listed in the Country-by-Country Guide above. FLG is a comprehensive list of primary and secondary sources in print and on the Internet. This is the electronic version of Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World - Z675.L2 A23 no. 33 - L1 - F/I Reference - (*database available via Yale network only)

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Foreign Office Files for China

This resource, published in six parts, makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980.

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Foundation Directory Online

Founded in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The foundation database houses a collection of data on over 76,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant making public charities in the U.S.

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(Hein Online)

Hein Online is a searchable database of full-text legal journals. Other modules include Treaties and Agreements Library (UST 1950 - 1984; ILM 1962 - 2008; Bevans; Malloy; Miller; Kappler; treaty texts; etc.). Federal Legislative History Library. U.S. Code. U.S. Statutes at Large. Federal Register Library. Code of Federal Regulations. Legal Classics. Phillip C. Jessup Library. U.S. Attorney General Opinions. U.S. Presidential Library. U.S. Supreme Court Library. Foreign Relations of the United States. European Center for Minority Issues. Israel Law Reports. United Nations Treaty Series. American Law Institute Publications. Taxation & Economic Reform in America, a Historical Archive. Coverage varies by title. Each library or collection has a separate resource record with attached holdings.

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Heinonline Hague Academy of Collected Courses Online
(Collected Courses Online)

Since 1923 The Hague Academy of International Law organizes Collected Courses Online prestigious post-university summer courses in private international law and public international law. The courses are published in the book series "The Hague Academy Collected Courses", now comprising over 320 volumes and available online.

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HeinOnline Harvard Research in International Law
(Hein Online Harvard Research in International Law)

Composed of two parts: (1) special issues of the American Journal of International Law from the 1920s-1930s and (2) a work published in 2007 evaluating the work in those special issues.

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Heinonline Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
(Index to foreign legal periodicals (Online))

IFLP is a multilingual bibliographic database indexing articles and book reviews from over 450 legal periodicals. The database is updated quarterly and covers 1985 to the present. This database covers international law (public and private), comparative law, and municipal laws of countries other than the United States, United Kingdom, and the British Islands.

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HeinOnline Selden Society publications and the history of early English law
(Hein Online Selden Society publications and the history of early English law)

Official publications from the Selden Society including the Selden Society Annual Series Vols. 1-117 (1887-2000), the Supplementary Series Vols. 1-13 (1965-2000) , and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society. These early English manuscripts, digests, encyclopedias, yearbooks provide coverage coverage back to A.D. 1200.

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HeinOnline State Statutes: A Historical Archive

Includes superseded state statutes for all fifty states. Search the statutes by state, date, description and text. Coverage goes back until 1717.

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HeinOnline Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I &amp; II
(Hein Online Taxation and Economic Reform in America)

A 225 year archive of legislative histories, reports and documents studying American taxation including the complete Carlton Fisk collection, the full legislative history of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and documents from recent economic reforms and stimulus plans.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Between 1801 and 2000, around 9.5 million pages for over 184,000 parliamentary papers were published. Since 2001, the number of papers has grown by approximately 4,000 for each parliamentary session. HCPP delivers searchable full text for each paper, along with a detailed index. HCPP currently contains an index for 1801-2004, and full text for 1840-1883 and 1901-1904. The 19th century will be complete by early 2006, with the 20th century following later in the year.

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Human Rights Documents Online

Human Rights Documents Online (HRDO) will ultimately contain all human rights documents collected by the Human Rights Internet (HRI) in Ottawa in Canada since 1980. These documents emanate from 483 non-governmental human rights organizations (NGOs) worldwide, some of which have a universal scope, whilst others focus on the attainment of human rights in a specific area of the world.

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(Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. Faculty, students and staff on the Yale network may download data directly from ICPSR. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

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Index to Legal Periodicals and Books
(Index to Legal Periodicals)

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books from 1981-current

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Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective
(ILP Retro)

This retrospective database indexes over 750 legal periodicals published from 1918-1981 in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are included.

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International Law and Human Rights
(Brill international law and human rights)

Search for decisions on human rights from a variety of global and regional courts including: the European Commission of Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) from 1961; decisions from the four UN Committees (Committee Against Torture, Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and Human Rights Committee, which monitors the Convention for Civil and Political Rights) which are able to deliver views in individual cases; comprehensive decisions from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court H.R.) and selected decisions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR); cases decided under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, in both the Court and the Commission.

International Law Commission
(United Nations. International Law Commission)

The website provides information about the work and history of the Commission, including links to full text reports, yearbooks, annual sessions, and more.

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JSTOR is a fully-searchable database containing the back issues of scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields. These journals are fully searchable.

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Judicial Nominations Database

The Yale Law School Judicial Nominations database tracks judicial nominations from the 103rd congress to the present. Every nominee, and their entire nomination history can be tracked throughout the years. Users can also use RSS feeds to track current nominees and find out when they are moved through the process.

Judicial Nominations Database
(Yale Law School Judicial Nominations)

The Yale Law School Judicial Nominations database tracks judicial nominations from the 103rd congress to the present. Every nominee, and their entire nomination history can be tracked throughout the years. Users can also use RSS feeds to track current nominees and find out when they are moved through the process.

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(CELEX, Official journal C and OJ Daily)

Justis is a full text online legal library of UK, Irish and EU case law dating back to 1163 and legislation from 1235.

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Provides access to citations from major legal publications and many full text articles in PDF format. LegalTrac is updated daily with coverage starting from 1980. This database indexes articles on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Regulations, Legal Practice, and Taxation, as well as, British Commonwealth, European Union and International Law.

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Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970 complements the collection of treatises found in MOML: Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600-1926. Importantly, it provides an interpretive analysis with books and codes – the “primary sources” of law in European Jurisdictions.

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Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926

Providing collection of legal treatises, historical records and works from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Providing broad coverage, the collection enables detailed research on centuries of major events of legal history, from public policy and taxation to contract law, sustainable development concerns, and issues of war and peace. -Publisher Description

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Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 provides digital images and full-text searching for 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926.

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Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926

Part I, 1620-1926: Contains more than 1,300 individual titles consisting of about 2,225 volumes sourced chiefly from the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University, with additional materials provided by the Law Library of Congress. Its 1.8 million pages span over 300 years of legal primary sources, such as early U.S. state codes, municipal codes, constitutional conventions and compilations, and other documents, many of which have heretofore only been available as bound volumes or in microfilm.

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Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1763-1970

Part II, 1763-1979: Extends this acclaimed archive into the second half of the twentieth century with more than 1.6 million newly scanned pages drawn from the three world-class American law libraries: the Harvard Law School Library, the Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress. Comprised of United States codes, constitutional conventions and compilations, and municipal codes, Part II enhances scholarly access to essential documents in American legal history and is fully cross-searchable with Primary Sources, Part I.

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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) online edition, edited by Rüdiger Wolfrum, is a fully updated online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2001 under the general editorship of Rudolf Bernhardt.

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Islamic Approach to International Law
International Law, Regional Developments: Islam
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

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National Journal

Providing "Insight for Insiders" through weekly nonpartisan reporting on emerging political and policy trends since 1969

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Oxford Constitutions of the World
(Constitutions of the Countries of the World)

Contains fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual commentaries, supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical constitutions, and amendment Acts/laws. Combines formerly separate databases: Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories, Constitutions of the United States: National and State.

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Oxford Digital Reference Shelf
(Digital Reference Shelf)

Electronic editions of an expanding range of Oxford's award-winning scholarly reference titles in the Arts, Literature and Language, History and Culture, Science, Social Sciences, and Law.

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Piracy Trials Collection, Library of Congress
(Library of Congress, Piracy Trials Collection)

The Law Library of Congress digitized collection of pre-1923 piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers
(Historical Newspapers)

ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ offers full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century.

ProQuest History Vault
(The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century)

ProQuest History Vault is a database of archival collections documenting some of the most important and widely studied topics in 18th- through 20th-century American history. Collections include: NAACP Papers (See http://morris.law.yale.edu/search~S1?/ftlist^bib97%2C1%2C0%2C84/mode=2 for a complete listing of NAACP documents); The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Federal Government Record, Organizational Records and Personal Papers; Law and Society Since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library.

ProQuest Legislative Insight
(Legislative Insight)

ProQuest Legislative Insight is a federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full-text publications relevant to enacted U.S. public laws.

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ProQuest National Newspapers
(ProQuest National Newspapers Core)

Coverage of national, international, and local news. Find full text articles from many major U.S. newspapers - current and historical; includes Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. New papers added frequently, check "Searching: ## databases" for full, current list.

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ProQuest Statistical Insight
(LexisNexis Statistical )

ProQuest Statistical Insight searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

A historical archive comprised of four collections: Part I. Debate over Slavery and Abolition, Part II. Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, Part III. Institution of Slavery, Part IV. Age of Emancipation.

State Papers Online

State Papers Online is a digital manuscript collection of 16th-, 17th-, and 18th- century British State Papers, linked to their fully text-searchable Calendars. The complete collection from 1509-1714 is comprised of four parts: Part I: The Tudors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603, State Papers Domestic; Part II: The Turdors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603, State Papers Foreign, Ireland, Scotland, Borders, and Acts of Privy Council; Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714, State Papers Domestic; Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland, and Registers of the Privy Council.

Supreme Court Database
(Spaeth Database)

The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1946 and 2012 terms.

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U.S. Congressional serial set
(Serial Set)

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (in progress). Contains the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Currently Available: 1817-1896 (15th-54th Congress, 1st Session), volumes 1-3456.

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U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
(Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978)

Containing nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978, this product provides an essential primary source tool for the study of all aspects of American history as well as the U.S. judicial system.

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Index to United Nations documents since 1979 and catalog of Dag Hammarskjöld Library*

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United Nations Official Documents

The most comprehensive collection of official UN documents from 1993. Older UN documents added daily. Resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946*

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WanFang Data
(China Online Journals)

The following collections are currently available to the Yale community: China Online Journals provides about 7,563 full-text journal titles published in China from 1998 onward. China Local Gazetteers currently contains over 25,900 volumes of Chinese gazetteer books, covering 31 provinces and autonomous regions. The database provides detailed geographic and historical records of provinces, prefectures, cities, and smaller district administration units. Academic Conferences in China contains full-text, abstract and other descriptive information of papers from national and international conferences held in China from 1986 onward. A portion of conference papers is available in English. Dissertations of China includes Master's theses, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral dissertations from Chinese research institutions from 1980 onward.

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World Jurisdiction and Subject Law Reform Index
(World Law Reform Index)

Indexes law reform publications by jurisdiction and subject. Full text for most documents since 2000; older documents are available on microfiche (Call number Fiche S18) from 1982-2003.

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