Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

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.

Legislative History and Legal Research

American Memory
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.  Most of the documents in these collections are from early American history, and are primarily useful for historical research. Of particular interest to those conducting legal research are collections like US Congressional Documents and Debates from 1774-1875, and the Bills and Resolutions.


Congress.Gov - United States Legislative Information
Bills, reports, debates

Federal Digital System (FDsys)
Bills, hearings, reports, debates.

Follow William A. Wise Law Library on:   Facebook     Twitter     YouTube     RSS