Online Databases

The Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library subscribes to a number of online databases. Court personnel have full access to the databases either from their work computers or by obtaining usernames and/or passwords via the Library's "Online Databases" page on the court Intranet. Public patrons may access those databases marked with an asterisk (*) from Library computers, but must seek assistance from a Library staff member for the other databases.

*LexisNexis™ (http://www.lexis.com)
Court employees should use the ID that was issued to them. Public patrons may use their own password to access or may check with a staff member to use the Library's public subscription.

*Westlaw® (http://www.westlaw.com)
Just as with Lexis, Court employees should use their assigned password. Public patrons may use their own password to access or may check with a staff member to use the Library's public subscription.

*WestlawNext® (http://www.westlawnext.com)
Court employees should use their assigned password to access WestlawNext. Public patrons may use their own password to access or may check with a staff member to use the library's public subscription.

*Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/contents.html)
Another product that can be accessed automatically, the Chicago Manual of Style is completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to style and editing questions.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://www.dispatch.com/)
Read all of the news that is delivered in the paper edition.

The Daily Reporter (http://www.sourcenews.com)
This online publication provides Franklin County legal news. Access to some stories and statistics is offered on the first page. Subscribers can search the archive for past news stories, court records, and legal notices.

*Hein Online (http://www.heinonline.org)
Access hundreds of law reviews and journals, with many pre-dating coverage available on Lexis and Westlaw. Other resources available with this service include the Federal Register dating back to 1936, treaties and agreements, U.S. Attorney General opinions, legislative history, Statutes at Large, and a legal classics library. Follow the link above and click on the link for subscribers.

*LLMC Digital (http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?g=llmc;page=home)
Also known as the Law Library Microform Consortium, LLMC Digital is the online arm of this entity that scans public domain legal documents. The online collections include federal, state, and territorial resources, along with some international and multi-jurisdictional materials. There is no password required to use this service.

Ohio Capitol Connection (http://www.hannah.com)
This service provides information about the Ohio General Assembly. Much of the information can be accessed from the links along the top and left side of the site. Click on "Hannah Report" for entry into current and archived reports.

Ohio Employment Law Letter (http://hrhero.com)
M. Lee Smith Publishers offers this newsletter online as well as in hard copy. Users must log in to access the information. Also available on the page are special reports, a three year index of articles, statutes, regulations, and some human resource tools.

*OhioLINK/State Library of Ohio (http://www.ohiolink.edu)
Access requires a library card from the State Library of Ohio. Patrons who do not have a State Library of Ohio card can obtain an application form and assistance from a Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library staff member.

*OPLIN/Ohio Public Library Information Network (http://www.oplin.org/databases)
OPLIN offers much of the same materials as OhioLINK. Access requires a library card from any participating public library in the State of Ohio. Columbus Metro is a member. Patrons who do not have a public library card must request assistance from a Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library staff member.

PACER Service Center (http://pacer.uscourts.gov/)
PACER is the Federal Judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records. Docket sheets are usually available for most cases, with some courts offering imaged documents as well. PACER bills at $.08 per page within a search result. A page is considered to be 54 lines, an imaged page is one page.

Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/home/us)
The electronic edition of this financial newspaper contains some stories that are not free. The Library's subscription allows access to these stories.