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Law Research Guide

Use this guide as an introduction to basic United States legal research

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Free Legal Databases

  • Legal Information Institute (Cornell University Law School)
    "A not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost."
  • Justia
    "Justia's mission is to advance the availability of legal resources for the benefit of society. We are especially focused on making primary legal materials and community resources free and easy to find on the Internet."

Begin by Searching for Recent Law Review Articles

Law review articles are often one of the best places to begin legal research. Recent articles can provide you with in-depth discussions about legal issues, as well as references to relevant cases, statutes and/or regulations. Click on the Law Reviews tab above for information about databases that include law reviews and other law-related publications.

Legal Databases

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