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Free and Frugal Legal Research

This guide presents a number of free sources of legal information, organized by category. It also includes some low-cost alternatives for attorneys seeking more frugal legal research tools.

Case Law

GovInfo US Court Opinions is the official website of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), providing federal documents in both text and PDF format. It includes judicial publications for US Court Opinions and other featured court opinions, as well as Independent Counsel Investigations. The site also includes bills, statutes, congressional documents, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations and thousands of other federal government publications.

FindLaw Cases & Codes
Contains a listing of links to federal and state cases and codes on the Internet.

Google Scholar
Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature and cases. Sources include articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Justia provides free case law, codes, regulations and legal information, including federal dockets and filings.

Public Access to Court Electronic Records. Please see reference librarian for assistance.

United States Supreme Court
Cases can sometimes also be accessed directly from the relevant court's website.

You can find federal court websites in the directory, and state court websites in the National Center for State Courts directory.

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