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

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