Guide to Legal Research on the Web

 ***THIS is an ARCHIVED guide. It may contain BROKEN links. Its value is HISTORICAL only.***

Current Research Guides

I. LAWS OF THE U.S. 

A. Comprehensive Legal Research Sites

i. Legal Search Engines
ii. Law Links for Federal Government Documents
iii. Compilations of Law Links
iv. Links Relating to Federal and State Court Rules
v. Other

B. Federal Resources

i. Primary

1. The U.S.Constitution
2. U.S. Statutes 

a. U.S. Code

b. Publications of the Congress

  • CIS Universe      Access Limited to Washington University School of Law 
  • From Thomas 
  • From GPO Access 
  • Legislative Source Book 
  • U.S. Congressional Bibliographies 
  • Historical: A Century of Lawmaking
    Includes records of the Constitutional Congress, the Constitutional Convention and ratification debates, and records covering through the 43rd Federal Congress, 1774-1875. Includes the Journals of the Continental Congress, the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, and the Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (1787-1788); the Journals of the House of Representatives (1789-1875) and the Senate (1789-1875); and other historical materials.
    The online collection houses the records of the U.S. Congress up until 1875.
     

3. Cases 

a. Supreme Court

b. U.S. Courts of Appeal

c. U.S. District Courts (Findlaw)

4. Administrative Codes and Decisions 

a. Codes

b. Decisions

ii. Secondary

1. Governmental Sources 

a. From the Government

b. From Private Entities

  • TRAC- Syracuse University-sponsored site providing independent, and nonpartisan information on federal law enforcement by major federal agencies (DEA, IRS, FBI)

C. State and Local Resources

i. Primary
ii. Secondary

Missouri 

Uniform Laws 

D. Journals and Periodicals

i. Law Journals
ii. General Newspapers
iii. Legal Newspapers

Court TV Law Center 

II. FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

A. Comprehensive International Law Links

B. Foreign Law Links

C. Other Sources

III. GENERAL LEGAL INFORMATION

Missouri Bar Resources 

Forms 

Consumer Law Resources 

Other 

IV. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SITES