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Legal Search Engines, Directories, and Other Research Tools

Search Engines and Directories

American Law Sources On-line
Compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada, plus links to sources of commentary and practice aids that are available without charge (or available at a reasonable charge from governmental and nonprofit providers).

Cornell's Legal Information Institute
Provides links to federal, state, foreign and international legal materials, including U.S. Supreme Court cases; U.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, and Code of Federal Regulations; Federal Rules of Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Civil Procedure; state statutes by topic, and a uniform law locator. "Law about..." section provides information and commentary about broad areas of law, with links to online resources. There is a search box for searching the "Law about..." pages. LII also maintains two Topical Libraries, providing in-depth information on American Legal Ethics and Social Security.

Emory's Electronic Reference Desk (ERD)
Includes Law by Jurisdiction or by Subject, Reference Materials and Research Guides, and several other categories of legal information. You can also search the ERD.

Includes portals for Legal Professionals, Students, Business, Corporate Counsel, and the Public; legal news and legal analysis; search tabs to Find a Lawyer, Search FindLaw, Search News, Search Cases and Codes; and links to pages with even more information.

Includes links to U.S. law, both federal and state, foreign and international law, legal associations, and directories, dictionaries and other reference sources, legal forms, and law journals. Law Practice Center includes Law and Government Resources for 230 Countries on over 70 primary practice areas which are further broken out into 130 additional areas. Available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Internet Legal Resource Guide
Categorized index of select websites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, with an emphasis on the United States, as well as thousands of locally stored web pages, legal forms, and downloadable files. There is a search box for searches of the entire site or a specific category or subcategory.

Portal provides overviews and links to relevant articles, web resources, laws, news, blogs, and blog posts, by legal practice area, with cross-references to related practice areas and subtopics. Search engine searches Justia.com, legal web, law blogs, or legal podcasts.

Law and Policy Institutions Guide
Includes legal information on domestic legal topics, international law, and foreign country legal databases. Browse by category or search LPIG to find selected sites included on the basis of four criteria: quality, accuracy of content, presentation, and utility.

Free resources include cases, forms, legal news, and a Legal Website Directory with links to thousands of law-related websites.

Research Legal Information at Lawyers.com
Find free articles and legal information on personal and small-business matters by area of law or jurisdiction. Also includes legal forms and articles on the attorney/client relationship.
Publisher: LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
Specialized directory that indexes pages in all .gov domains. Tabs present different services and topics for different audiences. A menu bar organizes information alphabetically by agency; on federal, state, local, and tribal government pages; in "Contact Your Government" and "Reference Center" collections of links. Subscribe to e-mail updates, RSS feeds, e-newsletters, and podcasts. USASearch.gov can be used to search the site or Government web, images, and news.

WashLaw Web, Washburn University School of Law
Legal and law-related information presented in a large table by categories. You can also search the site.

Zimmerman's Research Guide
Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers by Andrew Zimmerman.

Articles and Current Awareness

JURIST: The Legal Education Network
Includes legal news and opinion; legal research resources; information on legal education, law teaching, and legal scholarship; and world law. There is a site map under About Jurist and a site search box in the top left-hand corner of each page.

This is primarily a legal news and current awareness site.

LLRX (Law Library Resource Xchange)
Includes monthly installments of new articles and guides on Internet research and technology-related issues, resources, and tools. The archives include Resource Centers on Comparative and Foreign Law, International Law, Search Engines, and State and Federal Legislation.

ResourceShelf--Resources and News for Information Professionals
This blog is also available as an RSS news feed. It highlights new and useful websites and search tools, industry news, full-text documents, and other resources of interest to the online researcher.

The Virtual Chase--Teaching Legal Professionals How to Do Research
Includes research articles, tips, guides, and TVC Alert, a free research news feed or e-mail newsletter. The How to Research and Information Quality sections are especially helpful.


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