This guide includes
- Links to free and low cost Internet resources for legal research.
- Advice on using books for legal research.
Pace Law Library Blog
Free Online Law Reviews
Google Scholar Legal Opinions & Journals
Google Scholar now includes a button on the basic search page 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.
General Legal Research Websites
Low Cost Resources
These libraries offer unique collections and free or low cost access. If you have a library card from your local public library, check its website to see what databases are offered remotely.
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