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Meta-sites with search engines for law resources
Finding information about lawmaking
Finding primary law resources
Finding court cases
Finding secondary resources
Guide to citing law resources

Meta-sites with search engines for law resources

Emory University School of Law MacMillan Law Library Reference Desk Another well organized Law School web site. Check out the Federal Courts Finder - it's a map.

Findlaw A very handy, thorough site for searching online law journals and legal materials. Provides links to "Legal Minds Index", "Laws, Cases & Codes", "Legal News", and "Law Crawler".

Findlaw California Special site set up exactly like the general "Findlaw" for searching California Law.

Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (LLI) This site provides links to law resources arranged by type of law, i.e. statutory, regulatory, and case law.

Meta Index for U.S. Legal Research (Georgia State University) This site also arranges information by type of law, i.e. (branch of government, and has search engines for each section.

Substantive Law on the Web Nicely indexed, easy to use with categories by geographical jurisdiction as well as selected subject areas.

Finding information about lawmaking

How Our Laws Are Made (Library of Congress - Thomas) Detailed information about how laws are made and each step of the legislative process. Describes publications issued by Congress that document various steps of the legislative process. Two WWW sites exist that provide excellent access to the publications of the Congress. Thomas (Library of Congress), and GPO Access (U.S. Government Printing Office)

Finding primary law resources

Finding Federal Laws

LexisNexis Academic (Guided Search)
There are legal resource files, which contain primary sources such as cases, statutes, and regulations as well as secondary materials such as law review articles etc.

LexisNexis Congressional
Congressional Information Service Index (CIS) Congressional Compass (Congressional Information Service) (1970-current). Guide, index and abstracts to hearings, committee prints, reports and documents issued by Congress. (Also available on CD-ROM from 1989 - current) With Congressional Compass, researchers can track legislative and public policy issues as well as the activities of committees and members of Congress. Actually provides links to certain files in Lexis/Nexis - full text from 1996 and going back. gradually.

GPO Access - United States Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed
Describes the mission of the U.S. Government Printing Office. Provides links to GPO Access: sites for the Federal Register, Congressional Records, bills, and GAO reports. Indexes federal government publications since January 1994 and will ultimately provide links to federal depository libraries receiving those publications. Indexes Dept. of Energy and GPO sales publications.

Thomas
(House of Representatives through Library of Congress). Includes: Bill Text, Congressional Record Text, Bill Summary Status, Hot Bills, now called "Congress This Week" and "Major Legislation"), the Congressional Record Index, and the Constitution (now found, along with other historical Congressional documents, under the "Historical Documents" category on the THOMAS home page). Enhancements in the types of legislative data available, as well as in search and display capabilities, have been continuously added.

U.S. Code, CFR, Federal Register, via GPO Access
Search these and many other databases via GPO Access, the free online database archive available through the U.S. Government Printing Office. Available to all users.

Finding State and Local Laws

Findlaw (State Law Sites)
This site allows searching by state for legal resources about or within that state.

Municipal Codes Online
In an effort to make municipal codes throughout the nation more accessible to the public, Seattle Public Library staff have prepared this list of links to city and county codes available for unrestricted searching on the World Wide Web.

State and Local Government on the Net
This web site is designed to provide easy access to state and local government information beginning with the state and proceeding to the county and city level.

Finding International Law

Constitutions, Courts, Laws, & Treaties
Links to pages on international sources; governments, online law sources, and selected court sites worldwide.

International Law Resources by Jurisdiction
Links to pages for individual countries laws, codes, regulations and cases. Links to full-text selected major international treaties.

Finding Court Cases

LexisNexis Academic
There are legal resource files, which contain primary sources such as cases, statutes, and regulations as well as secondary materials such as law review articles etc.

Supreme Court of the United States
This site is newly created bu the Supreme Court itself, and has links to the calendar and schedules, court rules, docket, orders and opinions.

Supreme Court decisions
Cornell Law School has mounted this impressive web site that lists Supreme Court cases since 1990, as well as a listing of state statutes on the net with a topical index, and a new court statistics service.

Supreme Court Oral Arguments (audio)
Northwestern University Library has mounted audio copies of the Supreme Court arguments for cases back to 1961. You must have the correct hardware and software (not available in the Government Publications Dept.) to listen to these files.

U.S. Federal Courts Finder
Emory Law Schools' federal courts locator allows you to click on a map by geographic jurisdiction.

Shepard's SEE LexisNexis Academic
Shepards has been cancelled. Full Shepardizing is now available in LexisNexis Academic/Legal.

Westlaw Campus
Westlaw Campus Provides full-text access to law cases, federal and state, legal subject guides, law reviews, statutes and administrative materials, legislative materials and legal encyclopedias. Cases go back to 1945, and the Federal Register back to 1980. Key search allows searching by Westlaw's keynote system of indexing.

Finding secondary resources

LexisNexis Academic Legal Research (Law Reviews)
There are legal resource files, which contain primary sources such as cases, statutes, and regulations as well as secondary materials such as law review articles etc.

America and the Courts
Real audio archive of information related to court cases.

Court TV
America Lawyer Media, L.P. presents this web site. Use the search engine to find information on the case or issue you are researching.

FindLaw: Law Schools: Academic Law Journals and Law Reviews
Full Text Search of Law Journals on the Internet created by University Law Review Project and the E-Journals Coalition

Omnifile (Social Sciences Abstracts)
Provides access to citations for articles and book reviews published in over 415 major international English language scholarly journals in the social sciences, 1984-present; (1974-present in print)

Washlaw full text index for law journals
Straightforward approach, a site with a search engine up front, that allows you to search all journals listed.

Westlaw Campus
Westlaw Campus Provides full-text access to law cases, federal and state, legal subject guides, law reviews, statutes and administrative materials, legislative materials and legal encyclopedias. Cases go back to 1945, and the Federal Register back to 1980. Key search allows searching by Westlaw's keynote system of indexing. This resource is available outside the Libraries only to students, faculty and staff of The Claremont Colleges.

Guide to Citing Law Resources

The following citation guides are specifically useful in citing government and legal publications.

Brief Guide to Citing Government Information
A site which provides guides to citing government information, both in traditional and electronic format.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
(2001-2002 ed.) by Peter W. Martin - A site which provides guides to citing legal sources, both in traditional and electronic format.