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Legal Studies Article Databases

For Starters

  • FindLaw
    The best single starting point on the Web for doing legal research. Full text searchable database of all law reviews and journals on the Internet. Updated nightly. Another search interface, LawCrawler, helps you focus your search on legal issues on the Web. Also includes Legal News, legal forms, organizations, law firms and lawyers, judicial opinions and case law, consultants, and more.
  • Hieros Gamos
    Billing itself as "The Comprehensive Law and Government Portal," the opening page illustrates the vast number of links that can be found here. There are links to online journals, discussion groups, law firms on four continents, databasea and much more.
  • Legal Information Institute
    Provided by Cornell University's Law School, this excellent Web site contains abundant information to satisfy most questions.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library: Law
    Annotated directory of legal resources on the Internet organized by organization type (i.e. U.S. Government Servers) and by legal topic (i.e. Contracts). There is also a list of search tools and other comprehensive sites for law.
  • WashLaw WEB (Washburn University School of Law)
    Besides case law, the this searchable site provides a variety of features for people interested in the law, including state and federal codes, international law, 220 discussion groups, law journals, and lawyer jokes.
  • Internet Law Library
    Contains links to over 7,500 law related resources in subjects such as U.S. federal laws, state and territorial laws, international laws, laws of all jurisdictions arranged by subject, attorney and legal professional directories, law school library catalogs and directories, and reviews of law books. The current U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations can also be searched from the home page. For information on the move of this resource from the U.S. House of Representatives to being hosted on several sites see About the Internet Law Library page.
  • Using the Law Library
    This blog post points to a series of guides on how to do legal research. The guides are housed at the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) where they can be easily downloaded

Sub-topics

Federal Legal Information | State Legal Information | Legal Forms & Wills | Electronic Law Journals | Miscellaneous

  • Federal Legal Information

    • THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
      Access the full text of bills from the current Congress back through the 101st. Search the daily Congressional Record for terms, then read the full text of relevant proceedings and proposed legislation. Or enter the name of a particular legislator and access his or her voting record. Also has the roll call votes of the House and Senate from the 101st Congress to date.
    • United States Code
      This site by the Library of Congress provides a searchable database generated from the most recent version made available by the US House of Representatives. Access by list of titles, table of popular names of laws, specific section or keywords. Includes full text of codes and notes, topical overviews and references.
    • Code of Federal Regulations -- LII
      The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation, and each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency.
    • US Supreme Court
      The official web site for the Supreme Court.
    • The Judicial Branch
      This site is housed at the White House and offers quick links to the Supreme Court, the Circuit Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, US Federal Courts and the US Code Service.
    • Federal Judicial Center -- Select Court-Related Links for a listing of U.S. Courts of Appeals.
    • Oyez Project
      The OYEZ Project aims to include all leading constitutional law cases that have been argued in front of the Supreme Court. This multimedia rich Web site brings constitutional law to life with audio files from the cases and panoramic images of the Supreme Court Building. Currently, it contains docket information, abstracts, voting recording plus audio files for over 500 cases. (The database is not yet a complete history of the U.S. Supreme Court.)
  • State Legal Information

  • Legal Forms and Wills

    • Choice in Dying
      This Web site from the non-profit organization that pioneered the living will provides advance directives, counseling, and educational information on end-of-life issues. You may download a state specific "advance directives package" (PDF) which contains forms for a living will and a medical power of attorney (which may also be called a "health care proxy" or "appointment of a health care agent").
    • ILRG's Legal Forms Menu
      List of links to sources of legal forms on the Internet.
    • Legal Forms Room ('lectric Law Library)
      One of the most complete collections of legal forms, split into two overlapping categories - Business and Law Practice. The Business forms deal with things like Real Estate, Corporate, and Employment Matters, Wills, etc., while the Legal ones focus on Law Practice Management and Litigation Matters.
    • Crash Course in Wills & Trusts
      A "concise and practical guide to what everyone should know about the law of Wills and Trusts." With a well organized table of contents, this site is easy to navigate.
    • Wills - FAQ
      Part of the Nolo Legal Encyclopedia, this site provides basic guidelines for preparing a simple will with advice on whether or not a lawyer needs to be consulted.
  • Electronic Law Journals

  • Miscellaneous


Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Associations and Organizations


Other Internet Guides

  • Yahoo: Law
  • Guide to Law Online
    An annotated guide to online sources of information worldwide on government and law. It includes links to the most useful and reliable sites for legal information available for each of the world's nations. Prepared by the Law Library of Congress for the Global Legal Information Network. See also their database of national laws from contributing countries around the world. The database consists of legal abstracts in English and some full texts of laws in the language of the contributing country. Currently covers 46 countries, with other countries being added on a continuing basis.
  • Famous American Trials
    Created by Professor Doug Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, this site tells the stories of twelve famous trials from American history with a mix of images, primary documents, and Linder's own analysis and overviews. Some of the trials featured include the "Scottsboro Boys," the Chicago Seven, the Rosenbergs, the My Lai Courts Martial, and the Scopes "Monkey" trial. Most of the trial studies include biographical sketches, chronologies, maps (where appropriate), a number of complete or excerpted original documents, quotes from trial participants, images, bibliography and links, and Linder's description and commentary.