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Legal Research: Free Resources: Home

This guide identifies free and low-cost resources that will help you with your legal research needs for Federal, state, foreign, and multidisciplinary materials.

Guide Overview

Whether you are working, interning, or are a recent graduate, this guide identifies free and low-cost resources that will help you with your legal research needs for Federal, state, foreign, and multidisciplinary materials. We also have a California-specific guide.

The Federal Government is digitizing its collections as well as publishing many recent materials online. Currently, however, material before the 1990s may not be digitizes yet. Federeal websites include FDsys, THOMAS, and official websites for Congress, the Courts and Administrative branches, and state and local municipalities.

Other free websites like Cornell LII and Findlaw feature free legal articles. Additionally, you can search Google Scholar for articles from free access ("open source") as well as paid journals.

And of course, check your local library's catalog for print materials and possible access to electronic databases. You can submit interlibrary loan requests for articles from paid journals from your local library.

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