Second To None – Legal Databases Beyond Westlaw and Lexis

Here at the Alameda County Law Library, we provide access to a number of legal databases.  In addition to the better known Westlaw and Lexis databases, ACLL also has subscriptions to other legal information sources — VerdictSearch, HeinOnline, CEB’s OnLaw, Intelliconnect (federal and CA state tax resource) and EBSCO-NOLO.

This is the first in a series of posts describing these valuable but less well known databases.

Let’s begin with VerdictSearch.

Currently, except for VerdictSearch, sources can be searched without cost at the public terminals at the library. VerdictSearch, a unique resource, tracks information on awards – court, mediation or arbitration. To help defray the cost of providing access, ACLL asks users for $10.00 search fee.

VerdictSearch is a leading provider of verdict and settlement research. The files are a compilation of over 180,000 awards. The user can search the records full text or use over 15 specific search criteria including — state, venue, attorney, judge, type of injury, type of award, and type of case.

Results of the search can be save in a “briefcase” then emailed or downloaded using a flash drive.

Stop by the ACLL Reference Desk for assistance on getting access to VerdictSearch.

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