Articles Tagged with Free legal databases

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LoisLaw is dead; long live Fastcase/Loislaw.

Research Tip: Good word searches won’t get you very far if you don’t update your research.

(And all good legal researchers know how to “update the law.”)

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News from the Oregon State Law Librarian:

“In addition to the EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center, all Oregon residents have access to Fastcase. Please click on https://apps.fastcase.com/Research/Public/Oregon/login.aspx and register as a new user. Content includes the United States Code, revised statutes, regulations, attorney general opinions, and caselaw for Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Also included are archived statutes and session laws from HeinOnline.”

Link to the State of Oregon Law Library’s Resource page for many more research resources.

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Oregonians Rejoice: EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center has arrived. (Yes, thank the State of Oregon Law Librarian!)

This database contains NOLO Legal information books and much more.

This database is available to all Oregonians. (Other states, public libraries, and law libraries have their own access protocols.)

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The Digitization Projects Registry of U.S. Documents is an easy place to find hidden treasures!

Legal and Regulatory, Arts & Humanities, Business, Natural Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and more!

“The Digital Registry is a directory listing of U.S. Government publication digitization efforts. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive listing of all these digitization efforts….

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When The Google isn’t good enough and you need Good Value (i.e. not full-service & not expensive) for full-text, all-cases or statutes (or almost all) legal research database searching:

1) Law Library of Congress: How to Locate Free Case Law on the Internet

2) Georgetown Law Library’s Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide

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From U.S. Courts News, 1/31/13: Access to Court Opinions Expands

A pilot project giving the public free, text-searchable, online-access to court opinions now is available to all federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts….” [Link to full news release.]

Access will be through FDsys.

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How to Find a Case Online (using free resources)
(if you have the citation)
 
It isn’t always possible to use a physical reporter to locate a case using a citation.  If you don’t have access to a bound reporter, here is a quick overview of a few of your free options for locating cases online.