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When you don't have access to Westlaw or Lexis, use these free or low cost resources for legal research


This guide includes

  • Links to free and low cost Internet resources for legal research.
  • Advice on using books for legal research.

Google Scholar Legal Opinions & Journals

Google Scholar includes an option that allows you to search legal opinions and journals.  It includes opinions for U.S. state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950, U.S. federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923, and U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1791.  In addition, it includes citations for cases cited by indexed opinions or journal articles which allows you to find influential cases (usually older or international) which are not yet online or publicly available.

The advanced search option lets you limit your search to a particular jurisdiction.  To find cases by name, limit your search to the title.

When searching for law reviews, the title is usually linked to a paid resource like HeinOnline or JSTOR.  To find free versions, click the link on the right, or the "View all versions" link under the citation and summary.

Save to "My Library" by clicking the "save" link under an article or opinion.

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Cynthia Pittson
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
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