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Free Electronic Legal Research   Tags: articles, cases, free legal research, international, internet legal research, legislation  

A guide to finding legislation, cases, law review articles, journals, and other legal research information on the web.
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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  • FDsys
    Contains U.S. Code, federal legislative history materials, federal regulations (CFR and Federal Register). From the U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • Thomas
    Bills 1989-current, Public Laws & some other legislative history documents.
    Will replace Thomas at the end of 2014
  • Cornell's Legal Information Institute
    Free access to federal and state law.
  • Fastcase App
    Research case law for free on Android or iPhone. No Fastcase subscription needed.
    Federal Court dockets, except Supreme Court. Costs 10 cents a page. Opinions are free.
  • Free Forms on the Web
    Part of the library research guide Forms and Practice Materials, this guide contains many more links to forms on the web.
  • Gale Legal Forms
    Accessible with a Clevnet library card number and PIN. "Provides a wide selection of Ohio legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others."


The primary focus of this guide is free internet legal research and legal information.  Some sources included in this guide may be accessible only by using a computer in the law library, but most are free for everyone.  The challenge in researching law on the internet is finding appropriate, relevant, and reliable sources. 

For CSU faculty and staff and C|M|LAW faculty and staff, please see the Research Databases guide.  For an overview of legal research on the web, see this 38 minute mediasite video.

Mobile Apps

The staff at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has compiled a great research guide on mobile apps for legal research.  Some of the apps are free, while others are low cost.

For Use in the Library

  • Research Databases Guide
  • HeinOnline
    Journals, Law Reviews, US Code, other Congressional documents, Federal Register, CFR, other Federal administrative agency documents
  • Casemaker
    Ask the librarian to sign you on. Contains the Code of Federal Regulations, Ohio Administrative Code, Ohio Attorney General Opinions and regulations and attorney general opinions for selected other states.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Electronic legal research system (cases, statutes, secondary sources, news)

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