Published on October 31, 2022 by Leigh A. Jones, Evening/Weekend Reference Librarian  

This article was first published on October 25, 2021.

Are you interested in exploring some of history’s most famous trials? HeinOnline’s World Trials Library is a good place to begin your exploration. The database, which contains almost 5,000 titles and 2.1 million pages, provides access to trial transcripts, court documents, and analyses of trial decisions. Also, within World Trials Library, you can find biographies of many of history’s most prominent trial attorneys.  The database includes information about events that took place before the year 1700 through the year 2001. 

There are many ways to locate information within the resource.  In addition to performing various keyword searches, you can browse information by title, date, author, and subject. When browsing by subject, a few of the topics that you might come across include: 

 If you browse by title, you might come across the following: 

 To find more subjects and titles, visit HeinOnline’s World Trials Library. Cumberland students, faculty, and staff can gain access to the database by using their Samford usernames and passwords.  If there are any questions about this resource (or any other resource available through the law library), please contact a Reference Librarian at