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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. 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.


If you are a student at Northeastern University School of Law, and you need passwords for any of these services, please contact a law librarian.


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



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 at Info Desk

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tel: (617) 373-3332


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