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Legal Internet Resources

Many of us turn to familiar websites in order to perform legal research.  It is sometimes worthwhile to return to a site not visited for a while or to explore something new.  Some sites are updated more frequently than others and may have a fresher, more dynamic look than when last visited.  Others either have fallen by the wayside (remember how much fun the ‘Lectric Law Library was long ago?) or just no longer exist.  It’s a good idea to check any site relied on for the date it was last updated, usually found at the bottom of the home page.

Following are some sites I like to visit for basic legal research. A gateway portal to many legal internet sites. Cornell Legal Information Institute is an open access site that includes federal and state law resources.  This old standby continues to be a reliable source. Known as DRAGNET, this site was developed by New York Law School librarians using Google technology. Another resource that has been around for a while.  Contains cases, codes, state and federal law. Accesses articles, books, abstracts and court opinions. Formerly known as Hieros Gamos, this is an international law and government information site. Information on law and the legal profession. At this site, you can sign up for free daily newsletters of opinion summaries from the US Supreme Court, all US federal appellate courts, and all US state supreme courts.  There are also weekly practice area opinion summaries newsletters. A jumping off point for law and technology resources. Public Library of Law has links to may law-related resources. Links to search engines, research sites, law-related topics, legal investigation sites, verdicts, and bar associations.

Ellen Sheffer