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Legal Research Basics: Methods of Finding Statutes: Free and Low-Cost Alternatives

Guide to Statutory Research for LRW Students

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Government Sites

United States Code http://uscode.house.gov/  

State Codes

  • Find state's official legislative body website
    • National Conference of State Legislatures serves as a resource for those who draft legislation on the state level providing a searchable database that accesses publications and court decisions on a variety of legislative issues
    • IN.gov (Indiana General Assembly)
      • Code, session laws, bill tracking

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In practice, you may not have access to Lexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg Law services, so it is good to know about alternative services as well.

State Bar Associations Provide Free Legal Resources - information on four services that may be available from your state bar association

  • Fastcase - the Law Library has a subscription for this if you'd like to get to know this product; its recent partnership with HeinOnline means that you'll be able to access Fastcase materials after graduation, through the Law Library's HeinOnline Alumni Access subscription.
  • Casemaker - free account available for students and faculty
  • Versus Law - try a demo of their site for free
  • LoisLaw - try a free search

To see which state bars offer which services, check out this map from the 3 Geeks and Law Blog.