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OSB Casemaker: I still meet Oregon attorneys who don’t know much about Casemaker, the legal research database the OSB makes available to all member attorneys. It’s free too – to Oregon attorneys that is. (In Washington State the bar also gives its law librarians passwords so they can help out the attorneys using Casemaker. Maybe Oregon attorneys are beyond help 🙂 Casemaker is a database of state and federal primary law and more. Did I say it’s free? You’d be crazy not to use it – or rolling in cash. Use it even if you have what you think are “flat rate” Lexis or Westlaw (together known as Wexis) accounts. In a nutshell, your next year’s Wexis “flat rate” is based on this year’s use, so keep your use of these great full-service databases to a minimum. If you can find the document you need quickly and easily on another, free or cheap, database, do it. Save Wexis for when you really need it. This is free advice from a Law Librarian. Listen to her. Link to Casemaker from the OSB web site.

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