General Resources


FREE/LOW-COST LEGAL RESEARCH DATABASES


Check with your local libraries (public and/or academic) for their subscription database services.  Many Oregon county law libraries provide free access to legal research databases. 

 

Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide (Georgetown University Law Library)

The first part of this guide provides an overview and links to different types of free materials and the second part summarizes the features and costs of less expensive databases.

 

HeinOnline

HeinOnline is a specialized legal research database. Remote access is free for anyone with a public library card from any Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) member library.

 

Fastcase

Fastcase is a legal research database that allows users to search through cases, statutes, and regulations. The State of Oregon Law Library has made it available to Oregon residents at no charge - Oregon residents get access to Oregon law, neighboring states, and related federal law.

 

Nolo Legal Self-Help Books

The State of Oregon Law Library provides access to Nolo books online for Oregon residents.

 

WCCLS Law and Government Resources

WCCLS has other law or government databases on their website, such as LegalTrac; some may require a WCCLS library card to use.

 

LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDES

 

Georgetown University (D.C.) Law Library's Research Guides

Find databases and research guides by name, description, or topic.

 

Library of Congress (LOC) Guide to Law Online

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

 

Locating the Law, A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians, 6th

This resource explains legal research, legal citations, and legal citators, for people who are not law librarians. Written by the law librarians of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, it focuses on California law and resources. But the underlying information on legal research is helpful to anyone, as is the chapter on federal law. Scroll down past the newsletters to find "Locating the Law."

 

FEDERAL RESOURCES

 

USA.gov

Centralized site to find information from the federal government.

 

Congress.gov

Federal legislation and legislative materials.

 

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

 

Federal Courts

 

Internal Revenue Service

 

Law Library of Congress

 

United States Bankruptcy Court - District of Oregon

 

United States Code 

 

United States Courts for the 9th Circuit

 

United States District Court - Oregon

 

OTHER LEGAL RESEARCH AND REFERENCE RESOURCES:

 

American Bar Association

 

Better Business Bureau

 

Findlaw

Findlaw provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make the best legal decisions.

 

Jurist

Law news and legal research in real-time, reported and edited by law students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

 

Answerland

Oregon's statewide digital reference service where librarians are available 24/7 for both legal and non-legal reference questions via chat, text, and e-mail.

 

NOLO Press

Nolo is a self-help legal publisher committed to making legal information accessible to all. Their site gives access to high-quality books, software, legal forms, an online lawyer directory, articles, and other kinds of free legal information.