The Law Library provides access to specialized legal research databases, including (among others): HeinOnline, Bloomberg Law, VitalLawMaking of Modern Law collections, ProQuest Congressional, and ProQuest Legislative Insight. There are several databases providing access to foreign law, including coverage for the United Kingdom, former and current Commonwealth jurisdictions, France, Germany, Russia, China, and selected countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Law Library also provides access to many international law databases, including coverage of international case law reporters, the United Nations, the Hague Conference, the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and hundreds of non-governmental organizations.

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are available to law students, full-time law faculty members, and law staff members. Law students can obtain a Lexis registration code or Westlaw registration key by contacting Ted Potter at 319-335-9017 or Law community students, faculty, and staff may request a Bloomberg Law account at

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Research Guides

Research Guides are available for several dozen legal topics and provide information on items available in print and online at the Law Library. Research guides are available for all first year classes, as well as for several areas of the law, including among other topics: environmental law, intellectual property, and elder law. Research guides are also available for all 50 states, the federal judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the U.S. government, U.S. territories, and selected foreign countries. International and comparative legal research guides are also available for several topics. A complete list of research guides is available at Law Library Research Guides.

Ask a Law Librarian

Please feel free to contact any of our reference librarians with your research questions. Reference librarians are available at the Reference Desk or in their offices. Please feel free to visit us, email or call us with your research questions.