Essential Law Search Tools

Google Scholar Case Law -- Keeping true to its mission to organize the world's information, look no further for judicial opinions at the state and federal levels than Google Scholar. This Herculean effort greatly simplifies the task for legal researchers of American legal opinions.

Google Scholar Articles -- This powerful search tool enables legal researchers to scan through the pages of a countless number of scholarly legal publications and journals.

FDsys: GPO's Federal Digital System -- Allows for full-text searches of U.S. government documents, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Commerce Business Daily and Archives, Congressional Bills Database, Congressional Directory, Congressional Documents, Congressional Record Index (CRI), Congressional Record, Constitution of the United States of America, Department of the Interior Reports of the Office of the IG, Economic Indicators, Economic Report of the President, Federal Register, GAO Comptroller General Decisions, GAO Reports, GILS Records, GPO Access User's Guide, Government Manual, History of Bills, House Calendar, House Rules Manual, Privacy Act Issuances, Public Laws, Senate Calendar, Supreme Court Decisions (1937-1975), Unified Agenda, and United States Code.Illustrates the use of searchable legal indexes on the World Wide Web. Only specifically legal indexes in the U.S. are included.

U. S. Supreme Court Opinions via FindLaw (Comprehensive 1937-Present) -- FindLaw, Inc., offers a searchable database of Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1893 (US Reports 150-, 1893-). This free service from FindLaw allows research by year, U. S. Reports volume number and citation, case title, and full text. FindLaw's Supreme Court database represents the best option for Internet researchers due to its comprehensiveness, powerful search options, and the opinions are displayed and loaded in their entirety, which makes it much easier to print or to save the full text quickly.

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Cornell's Legal Information Institute: Legal Resources (Cornell LII)
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Wex: Legal Dictionary and Legal Encyclopedia (Cornell LII)