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The State Law Library offers the following electronic databases free of charge, accessible only from the computer terminals in the library.


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 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, and Public Service Commission Decisions. 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.


Westlaw Public Access allows patrons to conduct research using primary law materials, legal treatises, and journals. Westlaw access includes full-text access to all federal and state case law, statutes, and regulations. It also includes legal forms, encyclopedias, and more.


VitalLaw allows patrons to access Wolters Kluwer titles electronically, including Wigmore, Scott and Ascher on Trusts, and Antitrust Law, just to name a few. Patrons can search by practice areas, such as antitrust, elder & estate law, family law, labor & employment law, lititgation, pension & employee benefits, and securities. Practical content, such as smart charts, guidebooks, and forms, are also included.