BNA Law School Program: Using Online Indexes

“Legal Indexing” by Kate Mertes

“Legal Indexing” by Simon Chester

“Introduction to Legal Citation” by Peter W. Martin

“Legal Research and Citation Style in USA” by Ronald B. Standler


Black’s Law Dictionary
Henry Campbell Black
West Group

Dictionary of Law
Elizabeth A. Martin, Editor
Oxford University Press

Indexing Specialties: Law
Peter Kendrick and Enid L. Zafran, Editors
Information Today, Inc.

Legal Research in a Nutshell
Morris L. Cohen and Kent C. Olson

Understanding Law
John N. Adams and Roger Brownsword
Sweet & Maxwell

Citation Manuals

ALWD Citation Manual

The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation


English dictionaries covering the following areas: General Law, Commercial Law, Crime/Human Rights, Family Law/Alternative Dispute and International Law

Glossary of American Legal Terms

Searchable dictionary of legal terms

Glossary of English legal terms for divorce and separation

Research Links


Constitution Society site. Many links to sources of legal material.

Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII)

University of Washington, Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library

Washburn University School of Law, WashLaw legal research site. Here one can find links to federal law, agencies and links to states so one can quickly find agencies, boards, statutes. has referrals to legal aid resources and self help legal information.

American Law Sources Online provides an overview of the legal system in the US, Canada, and Mexico with links to state materials including statutes, administrative codes, ordinances, city charters, court rules.

Commonwealth Legal Information Institute, English Reports 1220-1873

The FLARE Index to Treaties is hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, this index contains details of over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties concluded from 1856 to the present. is a transnational law and international business law research tool. The “How to Search” link at the bottom of any page gives detailed instructions on using this site, with its abundance of information. Emphasis is on European Union countries but others are covered including South Africa, Japan, and the United States. The “Links” section of the website has a large array of resources, including topics and subtopics on “International Trade/Commercial Law”, “Private International Law”, and “International Commercial Arbitration”.


CINDEX by Indexing Research. This dedicated indexing software is available for Windows 95 and higher, and for Macintosh OS X. Conversion services for other index formats are offered.

Leverage Technologies has software utilities for increasing indexing productivity and quality assurance. Specialized utilities assist with names indexes, electronic/web indexes, and tables of legal case citations.

MACREX dedicated indexing software is available for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, MSVista compatible.

SKY Index dedicated indexing software is available for Windows, MSVista compatible.