Researching American law

Research guides and sites on the Internet

Best’s Legal Bookmarks
– links to leading US legal research sites
Boston College Law Library, Research Guides and Videos.
– guides to researching case law and statutes in the US
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Major Treatises by Topic
Georgetown Law Library, Free & Low Cost Legal Research.
– online alternatives to Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw for US research
GPO Access, Comparison of American Legislative Resources
– comparison of availability, scope and coverage of legislative resources on 4 government websites (GPO Access, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Congressional site THOMAS) and on 4 commercial services (, HeinOnline, Lexis-Nexis Congressional, and Westlaw)
Harvard Research Guides, Legal Analysis and Research Strategy.
– the basics of research strategy in the US context
Harvard Tutorials and Videos
– video guides to legal research tasks
Indiana University School of Law, Law Library Pathfinders.
– guides to secondary sources, researching case law and statutes in the US
Martin, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation.
– guide to US legal citation
Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Legal Research Materials, American Legal Materials.
– guide to researching US law for the Canadian researcher
Pace Law School, Free and Low Cost Resources for Legal Research.
– alternatives to Westlaw and Lexis

UCLA, Online Legal Research: Beyond LexisNexis & Westlaw

Research guides in print

Barkan, Mersky & Dunn, Fundamentals of Legal Research, 9th ed. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson West, 2009).

Berring & Edinger, Finding the Law, 12th ed. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson West, 2005).

Best et al, Legal Research – 1995 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1995).

Cohen & Olson, Legal Research in a Nutshell, 9th ed. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson West, 2007).

Fine, American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide (Newark, NJ: LexisNexis, 2008).

Kunz, et al., The Process of Legal Research, 7th ed. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2008).

Wren & Wren, The Legal Research Manual, (Madison, WI: Legal Education Pub., 1999).

Wren & Wren, Using Computers in Legal Research (Madison, WI: Ambrose and Adams, 1994).