Federal Tax Research

This guide is intended for students doing research on federal taxation.


These materials will help you research tax problems.

In general, this guide is intended to be an online resource and so most of the sources listed are hyperlinked. There are some exceptions, however, such as some research guides, below, and hard copy sources listed under tax looseleaf services. Resources only available in hard copy are listed in boldface italic type.

For some materials, such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law, a password is required.

Tax materials in subscription databases such as BNA Premier, CCH IntelliConnect, and RIA Checkpoint are accessible on campus to those who have access to Santa Clara's computer network. Please speak with a Research Librarian if you need to access these databases from off campus: 408 554-4452; lawref@scu.edu, or chat with a librarian at the law library home page.

Tax research guides

Tax research guides.  These are a great resource; they have a lot of specific information in them about the particulars of various different tax law sources and how to find what you are looking for

Tax Policy Research Guide, Tax Research -- Federal, Tax Research -- Federal Chart  (Georgetown Law Library)
Researching Federal Tax Law  (University of Minnesota Law School)
Tax Law  research guide (Harvard Law School Library)
Richmond, Federal Tax Research  (Open Reserve -- The Stauffer Collection)
Raabe, West's Federal Tax Research  (Open Reserve -- The Stauffer Collection)
Karlin, Tax Research  (Law Stacks, Second floor)

Cummings, Legal Research in Federal Taxation, 109 Tax Notes 335 (Oct. 17, 2005), available on Lexis. In Lexis Advance, Browse Sources for Tax Analysts Tax Notes Weekly, then search by citation or by author and title.; on lexis.com, click on "Get a Document," and enter the citation, 109 Tax Notes 335.

Pratt et al., "The virtual tax library: a comparison of five electronic tax research platforms,” 8 Fla. Tax Rev. 931 (2008) available on Lexis, just enter the citation -- 8 fla tax review 931 -- in the LexisAdvance search box.

Heafey Law Library Research Team