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The State Law Library offers the following electronic databases free of charge, accessible from the computer terminals in the library. Remote access is not available currently.


The State Law Library offers access to Lexis Advance which provides West Virginia core offerings including West Virginia Supreme Court cases from 1864, West Virginia Code Annotated, West Virginia municipal codes, full-text bills and state and federal court rules. West Virginia state agency and administrative materials include Attorney General Opinions, Code of State Rules, Department of Tax and Revenue, Public Service Commission Decisions and State Regulation Tracking. Lexis Advance also provides federal materials including U.S. Supreme Court cases, Lawyer's Edition and U.S. Fourth Circuit appellate cases, U.S. District Court cases, Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register. It also provides unlimited Shepard's Citation Service.


HeinOnline includes the U.S. Congressional Documents database featuring the complete Congressional Record bound volume set from its inception in 1873 as well as the Congressional Record Dailies from 1980 to the present. Pages are fully searchable with content in PDF format.

Also available electronically is the United States Statutes at Large, the official source for the laws and resolutions enacted by Congress, published in order of the date of passage. This database features multiple browsing and searching options to enhance the online value over the paper volumes.

The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent federal laws of the United States based on what is printed in the Statutes at Large. HeinOnline's coverage is from inception (1925-26) to current.

HeinOnline's Law Journal Library contains more than 2,400 law and law-related periodicals. Representative subjects include political science, human rights, criminal justice and technology. Coverage begins at inception of each journal and generally ends with the most currently published issue. The full text database may be searched by subject, author or title and narrowed by date range.



The following material has been added to the State Law Library print collection recently:

Divorce in West Virginia: The Legal Process, Your Rights and What to Expect (KFW1300 .R36 2015)
Structured in question-and-answer format, this guide provides answers to questions regarding divorce, custody and property rights for West Virginia citizens. This handbook provides concise and understandable answers for both the layperson and legal professional.

West Virginia State Constitution, 2nd edition (KFW1601 .A6 B368 2016)
This second edition provides section-by-section analysis that describes the origins and evolutions of the provisions and, more important, summarizes the interpretations given by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals over more than 150 years of the State's existence. The text reduces the case law to readily grasped concepts and cites the leading cases. A useful and convenient table of cases is provided, and a bibliography to facilitate more extensive or specific research is included.

Law of Judicial Precedent (KF429 .G37 2016)
Examining the doctrine of judicial precedent, this book is the first horn-book style treatise published in over one hundred years. It is the work of 13 appellate court judges including Neil M. Gorsuch, Carlos Bea, Rebecca White Berch, et al., working with Bryan Garner, coauthor and editor. It includes 93 blackletter sections organized into nine major topics with more than 2,500 cases cited or discussed. With a forward by Justice Stephen Breyer, this work is perhaps the most comprehensive examination ever of how past decisions guide future ones in our common-law system.