Free and Low Cost Resources for U.S. Legal Research

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Free and Low Cost Resources for U.S. Legal Research

  1. 1. Free and Low Cost Resources for U.S. Legal Research <ul><li>Sheri Lewis </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Law Librarian for Public Services </li></ul><ul><li>D’Angelo Law Library </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>U. S. Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Court’s site: http://www.supremecourtus.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornell’s LII: http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scotus Blog: http://www.scotusblog.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lower Federal Courts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justia: http://www.justia.com/courts/federal-courts/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornell’s LII: http://www.law.cornell.edu/federal/opinions.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the Federal Courts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscourts.gov/understand03/ </li></ul></ul></ul>Researching Federal Law: Cases
  3. 3. <ul><li>U.S. Constitution : http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Sources for Slip/Session Laws ( Congressional Acts ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thomas at Library of Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d111/d111laws.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GPO Access: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=PLAW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Statutes at Large </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(1789-1875) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsllink.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(2003-2006): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=STATUTE </li></ul></ul></ul>Researching Federal Law: Statutes
  4. 4. <ul><li>Sources for the United States Code </li></ul><ul><ul><li>United States Code on GPO Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/index.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornell’s LII – US Code Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. House of Representatives: downloadable version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://uscode.house.gov/download/downloadPDF.shtml </li></ul></ul></ul>Researching Federal Law: Statutes
  5. 5. <ul><li>Sources for Researching Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thomas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://thomas.loc.gov </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FDsys – GPO Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GovTrack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.govtrack.us </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capitol Spotlight : http://www.cspan.org/capitolspotlight/cqwatch.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DLL Legislative History Research Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/db/ref/lh.html </li></ul>Researching Federal Law: Legislation
  6. 6. <ul><li>Code of Federal Regulations on GPO Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E - CFR http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Federal Register on GPO Access & FDsys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regulations.Gov: information on proposed regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Federal Agencies: A to Z list on http://www.usa.gov </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Government Manual: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=GOVMAN </li></ul>Researching Federal Law: Regulations & Agencies
  7. 7. <ul><li>Cornell LII’s Law By Source: States http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/listing.html </li></ul><ul><li>Findlaw: Cases and Codes: http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/#statelaw </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform Commercial Code http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/ucc.table.html </li></ul><ul><li>National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform States Laws Web http://www.nccusl.org/nccusl/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=2&tabid=60 </li></ul><ul><li>Effective dates for state legislatures http://www.statescape.com/resources/Effective_dates/effective_dates.asp </li></ul><ul><li>NCSL 50-State Legislative Tracking Web Resources http://www.ncsl.org/programs/lis/lrl/50statetracking.htm </li></ul>Researching State Law
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Seattle Public Library: Municipal Codes Online http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=collection_municodes </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis/Book Publishing Co. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bpcnet.com/codes.htm </li></ul><ul><li>American Legal Publishing Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.amlegal.com/library/ </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Code Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.municode.com/Resources/online%20Library.asp </li></ul><ul><li>General Code </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.generalcode.com/webcode2.html </li></ul>Researching Local & Municipal Law
  9. 9. <ul><li>Cornell LII: Wex - a collaboratively-built law dictionary & encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zimmerman’s Research Guide – Online Legal Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmerman/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cornell Law Library Research Guide Search Engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://library.lawschool.cornell.edu/WhatWeDo/ResearchGuides/Legal-Research-Engine.cfm </li></ul></ul>Secondary Sources
  10. 10. <ul><li>Cornell LII’sThe Bluebook: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Federal Judicial Center’s Biographical Database </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fjc.gov/public/home.nsf/hisj </li></ul><ul><li>Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory http://www.martindale.com </li></ul><ul><li>Thomson Legal Record </li></ul><ul><li>(formerly West Legal Directory) </li></ul><ul><li>http://legalrecords.findlaw.com/ss/search_index.jsp?ch=LP </li></ul>Research Tools
  11. 11. <ul><li>American Lawyer Media's Law.com http://www.law.com/index.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>BLAWG: http://www.blawg.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>LLRX Court Rules, Forms & Dockets http://www.llrx.com/courtrules/ </li></ul><ul><li>FindLaw for Legal Professionals - Federal and State Resources, Forms </li></ul><ul><li>http://lp.findlaw.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Legal Research Group Forms http://www.ilrg.com/forms/ </li></ul>Practice Resources
  12. 12. <ul><li>The Public Library of Law http://www.plol.org </li></ul><ul><li>Justia http://www.justia.com </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Findlaw http://findlaw.com </li></ul><ul><li>LexisOne http://lexisone.com </li></ul><ul><li>Loislaw http://loislaw.com </li></ul><ul><li>Fastcase http://fastcase.com </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline Short-Term Access http://shop.heinonline.org/index?colshow=all </li></ul>Free and Low Cost Law Databases
  13. 13. <ul><li>Jureeka: http://jureeka.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>LII Citer: http://topics.law.cornell.edu/lii/citer </li></ul>Citation Finder Tools
  14. 14. Questions? <ul><li>Sheri Lewis </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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