Full-text Legal Treatises Available Online

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The Sheridan and John Eddie Williams Legal Research and Technology Center at Baylor recently purchased a Thomson Gale database entitled The Making of Modern Law. This database provides digital images of every page of approximately 22,000 legal treatises on United States and British law published from 1800 through 1926. It represents the world’s most comprehensive full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises of the period. Selected works include casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters and speeches. 

The Making of Modern Law was created by digitizing the primary documents within Primary Source Microfilm’s Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century Legal Treatises. The database joins the Eighteenth Century Collections Online as part of the Gale Digital Collections. Content of the database is divided into 99 distinct subjects, allowing users to focus their searches on keyword, full-text, author, title, date, subject, source library and more.

The Making of Modern Law and the Eighteenth Century Collections Online may be accessed on or off campus from the libraries’ Electronic Resources database at https://www1.baylor.edu/ERD/Search/.

 — Brandon Quarles, Law Library