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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Understanding how to navigate online databases is essential to legal research. Fortunately, many legal databases offer tutorials and support to help you efficiently and effectively research your topic. 

RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO THE USE OF THESE RESOURCES - Most of the resources on this page are licensed for use by the Northeastern University School of Law community. Some resources require a password which may be obtained from a Research and Instruction Librarian. If you need assistance, please consult a Research and Instruction Librarian. Phone: 617-373-3332


Major Databases

Lexis Advance, Westlawnext and Bloomberg Law have for a while been the three major legal research platforms.  Although designed similarly and have the same content for the most part, they all operate a little differently.  This guide is designed to help you explore their similarities and differences, to help you be an efficient legal researcher.


Mobile Apps

The major databases have mobile apps to keep you researching on the go.

For iPad and Android

For iPad and iPhone

For iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

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Quick Links

Scholar One Search Library catalog

Law Library Homepage

Law Research Databases 

Map of the Law Library

Lexis Access restrictions apply

Westlaw Access restrictions apply

Bloomberg Law Access restrictions apply


Get Help

Reference Librarians are available to help you with your research questions

3rd Floor Law Library


Monday - Friday

8:30am - 5:00pm



(617) 373-3332



Thank you to Christine Mathias (Law Library Intern 2014-15) for her work on the initial version of this guide.


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