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  • Findlaw (West) – SC cases only; summaries of opinions issued since September, 2000 by the U.S.Supreme Court, all thirteen Federal Circuit Courts, the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and the New York Court of Appeals Lexisone.com last five years of State & Federal Courts and U.S. Supreme Court from 1790 to present
  • Party/Case Index: The U.S. Party/Case Index will allow you to search nationwide by name or social security number in the bankruptcy index, name or nature of suit in the civil index, defendant name in the criminal index, and party name in the appellate index. Each hit produced from your searches will give you the party name, the court where the case is filed, the case number, and the filing date. Individual Courts: To retrieve more information on a particular case found while searching the U.S. Party/Case Index , access the PACER system for the jurisdiction where the case resides. This is indicated by the court abbreviation provided with each hit on the U.S. Party/Case Index. For most hits on U.S. Party/Case Index, the Case Number will be a link to the case summary information at that court's PACER site. All you need to do is click the case number.
  • Party/Case Index: The U.S. Party/Case Index will allow you to search nationwide by name or social security number in the bankruptcy index, name or nature of suit in the civil index, defendant name in the criminal index, and party name in the appellate index. Each hit produced from your searches will give you the party name, the court where the case is filed, the case number, and the filing date. Individual Courts: To retrieve more information on a particular case found while searching the U.S. Party/Case Index , access the PACER system for the jurisdiction where the case resides. This is indicated by the court abbreviation provided with each hit on the U.S. Party/Case Index. For most hits on U.S. Party/Case Index, the Case Number will be a link to the case summary information at that court's PACER site. All you need to do is click the case number.

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  • Internet and Subscription-based Legal Research Margaret Clark, Reference Librarian FSU College of Law Library December 2005
  • Objectives
    • Identify Web sources of value for conducting legal research
    • Identify subscription databases other than L/W for conducting legal research
  • Legal Research on the Web
    • GOOD FOR:
    • Current and recent documents
    • Significant or recent cases; SC cases
    • Federal & state codes, statutes and regulations
    • Government publications
    • Foreign and international materials
  • Legal Research on the Web
    • NOT GOOD FOR:
    • Older cases; historical materials
    • Annotated codes
    • Full-text journal articles
    • Treatises
    • Complete overview of the law
    • In-depth, thorough legal research
  • Subscription-based databases
    • GREAT FOR:
    • Locating full-text articles, law reviews, some treatises
    • Locating retrospective and current articles and cases
    • Florida case law not in W/L
  • Secondary Sources
    • Treatises
    • Law reviews and articles
    • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Locating treatises
    • Aleph , online catalog
    • NetLibrary
    • WorldCat
    • Index Master
    All are subscription databases.
  • Locating law reviews
    • LexisNexis Academic
    • Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP), 1980-
    • ILP Retrospective, -1980
    • LegalTrac
    • Hein Online
    • JSTOR; Project Muse
    • E-journals page
    All of these are subscription databases
  • Locating law reviews
    • Emory’s list of legal journals
    • Findlaw’s list
    • Google Scholar
    • Law Library of Congress
    • University Law Review Project
    All of these are free Internet sites
  • Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
    • Pathfinders/Research Guides
      • LLRX (Law Library Resource Exchange)
      • LexNotes .com Pathfinders
    • Online encyclopedias
      • Zimmerman’s Online Encyclopedia
      • Cornell LII’s Wex
    • Online dictionaries
      • Law.com dictionary
      • ‘ Lectric Law Lexicon
  • Case Law
    • Court Web sites
      • Florida Supreme Court
    • Portal Web sites
      • Florida State Courts
      • Findlaw.com
      • National Law Journal
    • Subscription databases
      • Lexis-Nexis Academic
      • Hein Online
  • Case law – Portal sites
    • Findlaw: Cases and Codes
    • LexisOne.com
    • Cornell LII
    • American Law Sources Online (ALSO)
    • National Law Journal
    • Federal Court Locator
    • Florida State Courts
    Text of Opinions
  • Case law – US Supreme Court
    • Opinions
      • FREE
        • Supreme Court 1991 to present
        • Findlaw 1893 to present
        • Lexisone.com 1790 to present
      • SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES
        • Hein Online 1754 to present
        • BNA U.S. Law Week, 1997 to present
        • LexisNexis Academic
  • Case law – US Supreme Court
    • Oral Arguments
      • Supreme Court site (transcript)
      • Oyez Project (audio)
    • Records and Briefs
      • Findlaw 1999 to present
  • Case law – Federal courts
    • PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) www.pacer.psc.uscourts.gov
    • Electronic public access to service that allows users to obtain:
      • Case information
      • Docket information
      • Documents
    • From Federal Courts
      • Courts of Appeal
      • District & Bankruptcy courts
  • Case law – Federal courts
    • Searching PACER
      • U.S. Party/Case Index
      • PACER District Look-Up
    • Subscription database:
      • agencies or individuals must register
    • Very inexpensive
      • $.08/page (applies to number of pages that results in any search), OR
      • $.60/minute charge
      • $2.40 maximum per document
  • Case law – Federal courts
    • Other sites for federal cases:
      • www.uscourts. gov free Internet
      • LexisNexis Academic subscription
  • Case law – Florida
    • Free, Internet
      • Florida Law Online portal site
      • ALSO: Florida (portal site)
      • Florida Supreme Court 1999+
      • Fla. SC Records and Briefs Apr 1998+
      • FSU Briefs and opinions Nov 1989+
      • WFSU Oral Arguments Online 1997+
      • Opinions from other Florida courts
    • Subscription
      • Florida Law Weekly 1995+
      • LexisNexis Academic – State search
  • Court Rules
    • LLRX’s Court Rules
    • U.S. Supreme Court , Cornell LII
    • Federal Judiciary
  • Constitutions
    • U.S. Constitution (GPO Access)
    • U.S. Constitution (Library of Congress)
    • Florida Constitution
  • Statutes - Federal
    • Portal sites
      • Law Library of Congress
    • Federal
      • GPOAccess , Cornell LII , US House of Representatives site , Thomas
  • Statutes - States
    • Florida
      • Online Sunshine constitution, statutes
      • Department of State public laws
      • Digest of General Laws only electronic
      • Law Library of Congress portal site
    • Other States
      • Findlaw , Cornell LII , Law Library of Congress
    • Municipal Codes -- municode .com
  • Legislative History
    • Federal
      • Thomas , GPO Access free
      • LexisNexis Academic subscription
    • Florida
      • Online Sunshine official online site
  • Administrative Law
    • Federal
      • Federal Register
        • GPO Access , Regulations. gov (Internet)
        • Hein Online (subscription)
      • Code of Federal Regulations
        • GPO Access (official text)
        • E-CFR (most up-to-date)
        • Cornell LII
    • Florida
      • FAC : http://fac.dos.state.fl.us
      • FAW : http://faw.dos.state.fl.us
  • Administrative Decisions
    • Federal
      • Individual agency web sites ( directory )
      • List of federal agency decisions
    • Florida
      • Division of Administrative Hearings (free)
      • Florida Administrative Law Reports (sub)
  • Current Awareness
    • Cornell’s InSite highlights selected law-related Web sites
    • LLRX Buzz Web journal on Internet legal research
    • The Virtual Chase legal research articles
    • Abstract Appeal weblog for Florida law
    • Findlaw’s Breaking Legal Documents email newsletter
  • Citation Guides
    • Cornell’s Basic Legal Citation
      • http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/
  • The End