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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2017
A few key resources are listed below.
- Google Scholar
A particularly good source for case law. State reported cases back to 1950, Federal circuit/district reported cases back to 1923. U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1791. Unreported coverage varies.
- Fastcase App
Research case law for free on Android or iPhone. No Fastcase subscription needed.
A Firefox or Chrome add on that creates a search bar on your browser to enter citations and find them on the free web
- American Law Sources Online (ALSO)
Locate statutes and regulations for all fifty states and federal.
- Congress.gov Beta
Bills & Acts 2001 to current. Find current bills. Will eventually replace Thomas.
Bills 1989-current, Public Laws & some other legislative history documents.
Contains U.S. Code, federal legislative history materials, federal regulations (CFR and Federal Register). From the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Federal Court dockets, except Supreme Court. Costs 10 cents a page. Opinions are free.
- LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets
Locate state court dockets.
- Wex Legal Encyclopedia
This guide was used with permission from Meredith Hale, content created and developed by Sue Altmeyer and Laura Ray at the Cleveland Marshall Law Library.