Legal Research Databases Available At ACLL

Legal databases available at ACLL

Alameda County Law Library provides free, public access to a number of databases used for legal research.

This week, we highlight –   Lexis Advance

Lexis Advance provides cases, statutes, and administrative code searching for federal and state law.

Delivery options include printing, downloading to a flash drive, and emailing documents in different formats including Word.

California law researchers can find many helpful California resources including full text of treatises and practice guides.  Available are:

  • California Forms of Pleading and Practice – full text with forms
  • Matthew Bender practice guides
  • California Points and Authorities
  • Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions file
  • Administrative and agency materials
  • California jury verdicts and settlements

and many more California subject-specific titles published by Lexis

ACLL’s Lexis Advance account can only be accessed by using the library’s public computers.

Showing The Love On Valentine’s Day

Even libraries like to get a Valentine and we did!

Today, we were shown love from legal publishers – Thomson Reuters and the Witkin Legal Institute.  We say thank you to both of them for arranging a $500 donation to the public law library for Alameda County.

Our official name is the Bernard E. Witkin Law Library Alameda County – named in honor of one of the best known California legal scholars, Bernard E. Witkin (May 22, 1904 – December 23, 1995).  Witkin was so highly thought of as a legal scholar, he has two California law libraries named for him – our library and the Witkin State Law Library in Sacramento.

If on this Valentine’s Day, you, too, feel the spirit to share the love with a county public law library, here is a link to make it easy –

Thank you for your support of ACLL’s mission to provide free legal information services to the citizens of Alameda County and California all year long.

In honor of today, we share an image from our files of California Justice Allen Broussard showing some legal love to Witkin.



A Gift For Your Valentine? Make It A Gift For Two

Share the love

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  You can double the value of your Val-Day giving by buying on Amazon and with your same purchase make a contribution to Alameda County Law Library.

Shop at and AmazonSmile donates to ACLL.

Thank you from the bottom of a heart-shaped box of candy, or two.



Taxes Once Again

Tax preparation season is upon us once again.  So a reminder –

With the recent one-time revenue boost from the State of California, the Alameda County Law Library has been able to reinstate a few of the previously cancelled resources.

Back on our public research pc menu is CCH Tax – Federal & State published by Wolters Kluwer as part of its CCH Intelliconnect product lines.  This database provides access to federal tax materials including – laws, cases, regulations, IRS Letter Rulings, and miscellaneous IRS publications.

The service also provides information from the California State Tax Reporter, as well as, the text of various state tax releases.

For anyone trying to do tax legislative history research, this database provides an online archive of material for prior years.  Coverage varies for federal and state tax documents.