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Brief Guide to Low/No Cost Online American Legal Research

Primary Authority

Actual Text of "The Law"

Generally available and reliable online if from government sources or well-known organizations such as academic institutions, or if in identical form at multiple sources.

Secondary Authority

Explanations of "The Law"

Generally less available online because proprietary, with reliability dependent on the reputation of the content author/provider; however, various valuable secondary sources do exist online (often in the form of blogs, guides, portals, wikis, etc.).