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Brief Guide to Low/No Cost Online American Legal Research

Secondary Authority

[Note: Information about and access to these resources may be subject to frequent change.]

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. - several of which appear as links below).

Research Guides & Copyright-related


Name Notes/Links/Descriptions No Cost Low cost
American Bar Association (ABA) Journal and Free Law Review/ Journal Search Free (since 2004) legal magazine from the ABA, the preeminent professional organization of lawyers in the United States. See also the Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Journal Search that is available for over 400 publications.
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation The 2,630-page, U.S. Senate Document No. 108-17, prepared by the U.S. Congressional Research Service, containing analysis of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to June 28, 2002 -- with a 2010 Supplement of SCOTUS cases to June 29, 2010.
Google Scholar & Advanced Google & Google Proximity Search Google's foray into legal search, covering legal "journals" -- along with Google's "advanced" search features and proximity search capability.

Guide to Law Online

The Law Library of Congress' valuable annotated guide to online sources of information on government and law, including selected links to reliable legal information sites.

Jurify Free corporate law, securities law and mergers & acquisitions law research service.
LLRX Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX) provides a collection of research guides submitted by law librarians from a variety of institutions.
Legal Information Institute (LII) Cornell University Law School's respected research and electronic publishing site, including federal and state case law, statutes, and regulations, along with law organized by topic. See in particular WEX. This "multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia" and its specific "law portal" provide all sorts of valuable information (which, of course, before relying upon it, should generally be verified by reference to other resources).  


[Initially compiled by George D. Wilson in June 2009. Last modified February 2014.]