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    • Dittakavi Rao
    • Associate Director
    • Duquesne University School of Law Center for Legal Information/ Allegheny County Law Library
    • (Copyright 2009)
    • State Government – www.state.pa.us
    • Appellate Courts – www.aopc.org
    • Allegheny County Court – www.alleghenycourts.us (Fifth Judicial District)
    • Philadelphia County Court – http://courts.phila.gov/ (First Judicial District)
    • General Assembly – www.legis.state.pa.us
    • Legislative Reference Bureau – www.palrb.us
    • Pennsylvania Code – www.pacode.com
    • Pennsylvania Bulletin – www.pabulletin.com
    • Palawlibrary – www.palawlibrary.com
    • Rao’s Pennsylvania Site – www.pennsylvanialegalresearch.com
    • MyPLS – www.mypls.com
    • Allegheny County Bar Association – www.acba.org
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association – www.pabar.org
    • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – www.pbi.org
    • Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners – www.pabarexam.org
    • Pennsylvania CLE – www.pacle.org
    • Pa.Legal Intelligencer – www.law.com/pa
    • Pa.Law Weekly – www.palawweekly.com
    • Philadelphia Bar Association – www.philabar.org
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    • Court Structure
      • http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Research/Ct_Struct/state_inc.asp?STATE=PA
    • Supreme Court
      • www.aopc.org (select Supreme Court)
    • Superior Court
      • www.aopc.org (select Superior Court)
    • Commonwealth Court
      • www.aopc.org (select Commonwealth Court)
    • Trial Courts
      • www.palawlibrary.com (subscription required). You may use official county court websites.
    • Cases from Supreme Court are available from 1996 to current. Superior Court cases from 1997 and the Commonwealth Court cases from 1997. Cases are available in pdf (portable document format).
    • Generally, cases are posted on the same day they are decided.
    • You can retrieve cases by author (judge),caption (name of the parties), and date.
    • You can retrieve all appellate court cases from a link “Search contents of opinions and postings from all appellate courts.”
    • You can also select individual court and retrieve cases.
    • Trial court cases are published individually in each county court reporter and also in Pennsylvania District and County Reports (Pa D&C reports).
    • Cases from some counties and complete set of Pa D& C Reports are available from www.palawlibrary.com for fee.
    • Most of the County Courts have official websites and post cases.
  • http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Research/Ct_Struct/state_inc.asp?STATE=PA
  • Supreme Court Superior Court Commonwealth Court
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    • LexisOne ( www.lexisone.com ) provides FREE case law from all 50 state Appellate Courts and Federal Courts.
    • Cases are available from the last ten years. U.S. Supreme Court cases are from 1781.
    • You can retrieve cases by using cite or keyword search. You can use Pennsylvania Reporter case cite (581 pa 1) or Atlantic Reporter cite (855 A.2d 648).
    • Full text of a case is available upon free registration.
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    • General Assembly
      • www.legis.state.pa.us
    • Legislative Reference Bureau
      • www.palrb.us
    • Pennsylvania Legislative Service
      • www.mypls.com
    • Full Text of Bills
      • Available from 1969-70 Regular Session to 2009-10 Regular Session.
    • Floor Debates (Legislative Journal)
      • Legislative Journals (Senate) from 1993 Regular Session to 2009 Regular Session. For House 1975 Regular Session to 2009 Regular Session.
    • Full Text of Acts
      • Statutes At Large from 1682 to 1809 (vol.1-18); Smith’s Laws from 1700 to 1802 and Pamphlet Laws from 1970 to 2009.
    • Purdon’s Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
      • Offered by Westlaw the text of all 79 Titles are available without annotations (no case law and other library references). You can search all titles by phrase/natural language/cite or browse each title.
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  • 2009 – 1975 Full Text of Acts
  • Remember this is not annotated Code. No Case Law.
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    • Pennsylvania Bulletin (Weekly publication)
      • www.pabulletin.com
    • Pennsylvania Code (Loose-leaf binders)
      • www.pennsylvaniacode.com
    • Research Methods
      • Pennsylvania Bulletin is available from vol.26 (1996) from the official site ( www.pabulletin.com ) . You can use search function to find information in all volumes or in a single volume. Also you can browse individual volume.
      • Pennsylvania Code can be accessed by Search (All or Individual Title) and Browse (Individual Title) methods from the official site ( www.pacode.com ).
      • Master Index and Finding Aids (paper) will help in locating information. The code is updated monthly and/or quarterly.
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  • Counties Home Rule Charters
  • Master Index Pa.Code References To Purdon’s Statutes Sections
  • Release Number and Issue Date Topic Outline
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    • Agency decisions are available from the agency websites. You can access agency websites from any comprehensive legal website such as Findlaw ( www.findlaw.com ) or from the Pennsylvania Government website ( www.state.pa.us )
    • LexisNexis and Westlaw has several Pennsylvania Agency decisions databases for fee. A detailed list can be found from the Drexel Law School website ( http://www.drexel.edu/law/library/guide-paadmin.htm )
  • http://www.drexel.edu/law/library/guide-paadmin.htm
  • Journal conducts annual Survey on Adm. Law.
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  • Members of Pennsylvania Bar Association have free access to InCite that provides access to LexisNexis
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    • LexisNexis and Westlaw are required subscription.
    • Full Subscription (all databases), package subscription (state or federal), and transaction (pay as you use) payment methods are available.
    • Primary Authority materials such as Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative materials, Cases (state & federal), briefs, trial transcriptions, public records, legal periodicals, newspapers, jury instructions, law encyclopedias, legal forms, practitioner guides, texts etc. are available.
    • Following is the list of secondary materials available in both systems.
    • Pennsylvania Business LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Civil Procedure and Evidence LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Criminal Law LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Employment Law LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Estates and Probate LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Family Law LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Litigation LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Personal Injury LexisNexis Forms
    • Pennsylvania Real Estate LexisNexis Forms
    • All Pennsylvania LexisNexis Forms
    • Dunlap Hanna – Business Law Forms & Commentary
    • Dunlap Hanna – Civil Procedure & Evidence Law Forms & Commentary
    • Dunlap Hanna – Criminal Law Forms & Commentary
    • Dunlap Hanna – Estates and Probate Law Forms & Commentary
    • Dunlap Hanna – Family Law Forms & Commentary
    • Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms
    • Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence
    • Pennsylvania Benchbook for Criminal Proceedings
    • Pennsylvania Business Law Encyclopedia
    • Pennsylvania Civil Practice
    • Pennsylvania Civil Procedure & Evidence Encyclopedia (PLE)
    • Pennsylvania Criminal Law Encyclopedia
    • Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Forms
    • Pennsylvania Estates and Probate Law Encyclopedia (PLE)
    • Pennsylvania Evidence Courtroom Manual
    • Pennsylvania Family Law Encyclopedia (PLE)
    • Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia
    • Pennsylvania Personal Injury/Torts Law Encyclopedia (PLE)
    • Pennsylvania Tax Practice Insights
    • Pennsylvania Real Estate Law Encyclopedia
    • Pennsylvania Transaction Forms LexisNexis
    • Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Business Forms
    • Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Estates & Law & Forms
    • Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Family Law
    • Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Real Estate Forms
    • Pennsylvania Transactions Guide – Legal Forms
    • Remick’s Pennsylvania Orphans’Court Practice
    • Admissibility of Evidence: A Manual for Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers (PAAOE)
    • Goodrich Amram 2d (GOODRICH)
    • Goodrich Amram 2d – Construction Law (GOODRICH-CSTR)
    • NBI CLE PA Estate Planning and Probate (NBI-PAEPP)
    • NBI CLE PA Family Law (NBI-PAFL)
    • NBI CLE PA Business Organizations (NBI-PABUS)
    • NBI CLE PA Real Property (NBI-PARP)
    • Pennsylvania Business Organizations Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-BUSFORM)
    • Pennsylvania Practice Series: Discovery (PAPRAC-DISC)
    • Pennsylvania – Criminal Litigation Combined (PA-CRIMLIT)
    • Pennsylvania Contracts/Commercial law Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-CMLFORM)
    • Pennsylvania DUI Forms, Checklists & Clauses (PA-DUIFORM)
    • Pennsylvania Estate Planning & Probate Texts (PAEP-TEXTS)
    • Pennsylvania Family Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-FAMFORM)
    • Pennsylvania Forms: Business & Commercial (PAFORMS-BUS)
    • Pennsylvania Forms: Family (PAFORMS-FAM)
    • Pennsylvania Forms (West’s) (PAFORMS)
    • Westlaw eforms: Pennsylvania Federal Courts (PAFD-FRMS)
    • Westlaw eforms: Pennsylvania State and Federal Courts and Agencies (PA-FRMS-ALL)
    • Westlaw eforms: Pennsylvania State Courts and Agencies (PA-FRMS)
    • Pennsylvania Personal Injury Texts & Legal Forms (PAPI-TLF)
    • Pennsylvania Practice Library (PAPRACLIB)
    • Pennsylvania Practice Series – Family Law (PAPRAC-FAM)
    • Pennsylvania Texts, Periodicals, and Legal Forms (PA-TPLF)
    • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice (PAPRAC-WC)
    • Pennsylvania/National Transactional Forms (PA-TRANSFORMS)
    • Pennsylvania Real Property Forms, Clauses, and Checklists (PA-RPFORM)
    • Pennsylvania: Standard Pennsylvania Practice: Family (SPP-FAM)
    • Pennsylvania: Summary of PA Jurisprudence (PAJUR)
    • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Forms, Checklists & Clauses (PA-WCFORM)
    • When in doubt go to the library
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