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  • 1. Free websites, blogs, & RSS feeds for federal law Meg Kribble Emerging Technologies, Reference, & Instructional Services Librarian Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern University January 18, 2008
  • 2. Why use free websites?
    • Many are trustworthy
      • .gov, .edu
    • May not always have Lexis/Westlaw
    • Use for initial research before turning to L/W
    • Save $$$
  • 3. Official federal government websites
    • US Courts
      • http://www.uscourts.gov/
    • Supreme Court
      • http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
    • 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals
      • http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/
    • PACER (court records – see a librarian for access)
      • http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/
    • Congress
      • http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov
    • THOMAS (legislative info)
      • http://thomas.loc.gov
    • USA.gov (U.S. government web portal and search engine)
    • White House
      • http://www.whitehouse.gov/
  • 4. Other free federal law websites
    • NSU Law Library recommended websites
      • http://www.nsulaw.nova.edu/library_tech/library/resources/internet.cfm
    • Cornell Legal Information Institute
      • http://www.law.cornell.edu/
    • FindLaw federal materials
      • http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/index.html#federal
    • Lexisone.com > find cases for free
    • Open Congress
      • http://www.opencongress.org/
    • Villanova federal courts locator
      • http://www.law.vill.edu/library/researchandstudyguides/federalcourtlocator.asp
  • 5. Legal news sites
    • ABA Journal
      • http://abajournal.com/
    • Jurist
      • http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/
    • NY Times Supreme Court news
      • http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/s/supreme_court/index.html
    • NY Times Congress news
      • http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/c/congress/index.html
    • Washington Post Courts news
      • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/courts/
  • 6. Why read blogs?
    • Instant reactions and analysis
    • Discussion in comments
    • Legal bloggers include:
        • Professors
        • Lawyers
        • Judges
        • Law librarians
        • Law students
        • etc.
    • Use RSS feeds to get updates from all the sites and blogs you read delivered to one place
  • 7. Must-read federal law blogs
    • SCOTUS blog
      • http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/
    • U.S. Supreme Court blog
      • http://ussc.blogspot.com/
    • Southern District of Florida blog
      • http://www.sdfla.blogspot.com/
      • Pssst…don’t forget Novalawcity, the Law Center blog:
      • http://nsulaw.typepad.com/novalawcity
  • 8. Legal blog directories
    • Blawg
      • http://www.blawg.com/
    • Justia BlawgSearch
      • http://blawgsearch.justia.com/
    • ABA Journal Directory
      • http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs
  • 9. How to get RSS feeds & subscribe to blogs
    • Outlook or Internet Explorer 2007
    • Firefox
    • Bloglines
      • http://www.bloglines.com
    • Google Reader
      • http://reader.google.com
    • 3-minute video primer on RSS
      • how you can read more online in less time!
      • http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english
  • 10. RSS feeds
    • Cornell Legal Info Institute Supreme Court decisions feeds
      • http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/subscribe.html
    • 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals opinions feed
      • http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/
    • Washington Post congressional feeds
      • http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/rss/
    • Make your own in Google News and other sites
  • 11. Questions?
    • [email_address]
    • 954-262-6201