Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Legal Resources

U.S. Court Opinions, Court Rules, Other Judicial Material & the Courts

See also Briefs and Oral Arguments.

U.S. Supreme Court

SourceDatesAccess & RestrictionsFormatNotes
Hein Online1754-dateUW RestrictedPDF images of official U.S. Reports & slip opinions 
Google Scholar1791-datefreehtml 
lexisONE1781-datefreetextprovides parallel citations
Justia1759-last yearfreetextsearch by U.S. reports citation, party name, or keyword
Public Library
of Law
1759-datefree, by registration is requiredtextsearch by keyword
OpenJurist1790-datefreetextsearch by keyword
Findlaw1893-datefreetextsearch by U.S. Reports citation, party name, or keyword
LexisNexis Academic1790-dateUW Restrictedtextsearch by citation, party name, or keyword
Legal Information Institute (Cornell)1803-1991 (selected)freetextmore than 600 historically significant cases; search by topic, party, or author of the opinion
FedWorld1937-75freetextFederal Legal Information Through Electronics (FLITE) database from the Air Force
Supreme Court1991-datefreetext & PDF (bound volumes)useful for recent slip opinions &r bound volumes (vol. 502-date)
Legal Information Institute (Cornell)1990-datefreeHTML & PDFinclude links to cited sources (U.S. Code, CFR, other cases) that are also available at LII

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decisions

SourceDatesAccess & RestrictionsFormatNotes
LexisNexis Academic1855-dateUW Restrictedtextsearchable
Google Scholar1923-datefreehtmlsearchable
9th Cir. Court of Appeals1995-datefreetextsearchable; arranged by date or docket no.
lexisONElast five yearsfree, but registration is required
Willamette Law Online2004-datefreesummariesemail subscription available

Other Federal Courts

Court Rules

Federal Rules of . . .
Cornell Legal Info Institute
Other Appellate Procedure Title 28 appendix FRAP Ninth Circuit Ct. of Appeals Civil Procedure Title 28 appendix FRCP FRCP Amendments to the FRCP, Nov. 2007 Criminal Procedure Title 18 appendix FRCrmP FRCrmP Evidence Title 28 appendix FRE Supreme Court Rules Title 28 appendix RSC Supreme CourtNinth Circuit Ct. of Appeals Ninth Circuit Ct. of Appeals
Proposed and Recent Changes to federal court rules.

Other Court Information & Material

U.S. Administrative Decisions, the President & Agencies

Presidential Executive Orders, Proclamations & Other Documents

Administrative Agency Decisions

U.S. Directories

See also the People-Finding guide.



  • Federal Court Locator from Villanova University: links to sites that contain recent opinions from the federal courts.
  • Contact the Federal Judiciary from the U.S. Courts: select court type then geographic region.
  • U.S. Courts from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts: a directory of federal courts and pretrial services and probation offices.

Executive Branch & General U.S. Government

Legal Resources for Other Jurisdictions

U.S. States

Multi-State, Multi-Source Sites

  • LexisNexis Academic: constitutions, court opinions and rules, laws, and attorney general opinions. UW Restricted
  • State and Local Government on the Net from Piper Resources: arranged by state, includes links to state homepages, directories, and websites of elected officials, the legislature, the judiciary, executive branch agencies, boards and commissions, regional organizations, and municipalities.
  • State Legal Sources on the Web, from the University of Michigan Documents Center. Links to and describes years of coverage for bills, session laws, codes and constitutions, regulations, executive orders, attorney general opinions, courts, newspapers, state law libraries, and election data.
  • State Resource Center from lexisONE: arranged by state.
  • LexisNexis free Legal Research center and attorney directory by Lawyers.com. Links to state statutes and selected state agencies. Also includes articles and links by area of law.
  • State Resources from Findlaw: arranged by state, includes links to constitutions, legislation, laws, administrative codes and registers, attorney general opinions, and other legal materials.
  • GovEngine: a portal to federal and state government agencies and courts.
  • Zimmerman's Research Guide, an online encyclopedia for legal researchers.


LexisNexis Academic: Legal > Federal & State Codes > State Codes, Constitutions . . . . UW Restricted
Constitutions, Statutes, and Codes from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute: arranged by state.
State Constitutions from Findlaw: arranged by state.
State Constitutions from Yahoo: arranged by state.

Legislative Branch

LexisNexis Academic: Legal > Federal & State Codes > State Codes, Constitutions . . . . UW Restricted
State Legislatures, State Laws and State Regulations from the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC: arranged by state, links to websites and provides phone numbers.
State Legislature Websites from Thomas: arranged by state.

Judicial Branch

LexisNexis Academic: Legal > Federal & State Cases. UW Restricted
lexisONE, free state appellate cases, last ten years only
Public Library of Law: appellate cases, 1997-date, searchable.
Court Web Sites from the National Center for State Courts: arranged by state.
Court Rules, Forms, and Dockets from LLRX: searchable by jurisdiction and type of resource.

Executive Branch

Administrative codes and registers
State Agency Databases, a wiki list by state, from the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table.

Cities & Counties

Cities online from the United States Conference of Mayors.
City and county codes from Municipal Code Corporation.
City and county codes from Seattle Public Library.

Foreign Countries & International Organizations

Use these websites for comparative, foreign, and international law research.

Legal Indexes

Use these websites to search for other legal materials, including government publications, legal organizations, trade and industry groups, attorneys, law schools, law libraries, library catalogs, legal publishers, foreign and international material, and other sources related to the study and practice of law.


Internet Search Engines

The following site links to the best general search engines, subject directories, and meta search engines.
  • Internet Guides & Search Tools from the Librarians' Internet Index, also covers evaluation of resources and metadata.
  • AllSearchEngines.com: links to major search engines, topical search engines, meta search engines, and search engine comparisons.
  • NoodleQuest, Search Engine Wizard: Directs users to the most appropriate search engine to meet their needs.
  • Profusion: a directory of databases and meta-search engine.
  • Cornell Law Library, Legal Research Search Engine: searches for legal research guides, pathfinders, and tutorials on selected law library websites (including the Gallagher Law Library).