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  • 1. Successful Summer Strategies: Free & Low-Cost Online Legal Research Going Beyond Lexis & Westlaw

2. If you have Westlaw or Lexis

  • Understand the firm or organizations contract and culture
    • Ask the librarian!
    • Utilize free time/training
  • Minimize costs
    • Get help from Reference Attorneys/Customer Service
    • Use appropriate databases
    • Dont spend a lot of time reading online
    • Minimize printing
    • Use free services when appropriate

3. Going Beyond Westlaw & Lexis

  • Dont forget about print materials, particularly for secondary sources
  • Utilize databases at local law libraries (e.g., TMLL)
  • Understand free and low-cost legal websites
    • Government-provided information
    • Information consolidated by a commercial provider but provided at low or no cost

4. Government provided information

  • Almost all governments now provide most/all of their information via the web
  • But. . .
    • It usually only covers the past 10-20 years
    • Searching may be primitive or nonexistent
    • Indexing varies
    • Be sure to check how up-to-date it is
  • Best if you are looking for a specific source such as a case, statute or regulation

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Public Access to Court Electronic Records Access is not free, but very inexpensive - $.08/page for documents accessed 10. Free Legal Databases (from commercial publishers)

  • Public Library of Law (from FastCase)
  • FindLaw (owned by Thomson West (Westlaw))
  • PreCYdent (Beta version)
  • LexisONE

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Free, but registration is required 16. Low-cost legal databases

  • FastCase included with Maryland State Bar Association membership
  • Casemaker
  • VersusLaw
  • Loislaw
  • Westlaw by Credit Card

17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Legal Directory Sites

  • Most of these contain lists of links to legal information on the web
    • Legal Information Institute (www.law.cornell.edu)
    • WashLaw web (www.washlaw.edu)
    • Hieros Gamos (www.hg.org)
    • LLRX (www.llrx.com) (good for forms)

24. 25. 26. 27. 28. This research guide has details on much of what was covered today 29. 30. 31.

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