Class Website
http://lawguides.rwu.edu/
finditfreeandfast
Agenda
 Principles of Internet Research
 Role of Wikipedia and Google in Research
 Time Saving Sites
 Federal Legal Re...
Principles of Internet
Research
 Not everything is on the free Internet
 Even if it is, question whether it is:
 Offici...
Tips for Legal Research on
the Internet
 Look at the entire source
 Index
 Advanced search
 Search tips
 Browsability...
Use Wikipedia with caution
Know what Wikipedia Can
Do for You
 On Wikipedia, nobody knows if you’re an expert
 Anyone may post
 Entries are not ve...
Use Google the right way
 Advanced Google Searching
 Phrase searching
 Exclusions
 Limit by domain (.gov, .edu)
 Goog...
Legal Research Time
Saving Sites aka Portals
 Cornell LII
 WashLaw Web
 Justia
Federal Legal Research
 Portal: FDSys (Statutes and Regulations)
 Judicial
 Supreme Court of the U.S.
 SCOTUSBlog
 U....
State Portals for Legal
Research
 RI: Rhode Island State Law Library Legal Links
 CT: Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Li...
What about Secondary
Sources?
 Google Scholar
 Settings > Library Links
 Search Roger Williams.
 Select “RWU Law” for ...
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Covers general principles for legal research on the Internet. Links to portal sites for federal, RI, MA, & CT legal research, as well as site for law review articles.

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Find it Free & Fast: Reliable Websites for Internet Legal Research

  1. 1. Class Website http://lawguides.rwu.edu/ finditfreeandfast
  2. 2. Agenda  Principles of Internet Research  Role of Wikipedia and Google in Research  Time Saving Sites  Federal Legal Research  State Legal Research
  3. 3. Principles of Internet Research  Not everything is on the free Internet  Even if it is, question whether it is:  Official, Current, Complete, Biased, Value Added
  4. 4. Tips for Legal Research on the Internet  Look at the entire source  Index  Advanced search  Search tips  Browsability  Added features, e.g. “cited by”
  5. 5. Use Wikipedia with caution
  6. 6. Know what Wikipedia Can Do for You  On Wikipedia, nobody knows if you’re an expert  Anyone may post  Entries are not vetted; general rules about attribution apply but may not be followed  Articles may not be updated  However, Wikipedia can be good (sometimes)  Citations  Background  Keywords  References
  7. 7. Use Google the right way  Advanced Google Searching  Phrase searching  Exclusions  Limit by domain (.gov, .edu)  GoogleScholar  Excellent start to locate case law, articles  Use Library Links for articles (more later)
  8. 8. Legal Research Time Saving Sites aka Portals  Cornell LII  WashLaw Web  Justia
  9. 9. Federal Legal Research  Portal: FDSys (Statutes and Regulations)  Judicial  Supreme Court of the U.S.  SCOTUSBlog  U.S. Courts  Legislative  Congressional Materials: Congress.gov  Administrative  Agency websites: USA.gov
  10. 10. State Portals for Legal Research  RI: Rhode Island State Law Library Legal Links  CT: Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries CT Resources  MA: Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
  11. 11. What about Secondary Sources?  Google Scholar  Settings > Library Links  Search Roger Williams.  Select “RWU Law” for links to RWU Law licensed databases  ABA LTRC Free Full-Text Online Law Review/ Journal Search  SSRN

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