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Law Resources on the Web

Law Resources on the Web

Key Resources

Guide to Law Online
From the U.S. Law Library of Congress, an annotated guide to the most useful and reliable sources of information on government and law available free online. Divided into these main sections:
---International and Multinational
---Nations
---United States Federal
---United States States and Territories

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LLMC Digital Law Library
Full text image-based searchable database of legal publications; Includes statutes, treatises, case law, administrative law, and government reports. Emphasis at present is on primary United States government documents and legal literature.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

United States Federal Law

GENERAL

Guide to Law Online : United States Federal
U.S. Law Library of Congress guide to the most useful and reliable sources of United States law materials available free of charge on the web. Includes links to:
(1) United States federal law
---Constitution
---Executive (regulations, executive orders)
---Judiciary (about federal courts, federal court decisions, federal court rules, etc.)
---Legislative (legislative process, Congressional bills and publications)
---Law (codes, statutes, public laws)
(2) Legal Guides on specific law topics (U.S. legal system, U.S. criminal justice system, Indians of North America, and more)

LII : Legal Information Institute
Legal information organized by topic and source from Cornell Law School.
Includes:
---Wex legal dictionary/encyclopedia with info by legal topic
---U.S. annotated constitution, U.S. federal code and regulations, U.S. Supreme Court opinions (1991 to present; and 600+ historic decisions), recent federal court opinions
---State constitutions, codes, regulations, and recent court opinions (as available on the free web)


Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.


CONSTITUTION

Constitution of the United States of America : Analysis and Interpretation (from GPO's FDsys)
Analysis and judicial interpretation of each article and each amendment to the Constitution.
FDSys has PDF texts of 2012 edition, 2013 edition, 2002 edition (plus 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 supplements) and 1992 edition (plus 1996, 1998, and 2000 supplements)
Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation is prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

CRS Annotated Constitution : LII
Analysis and judicial interpretation of each article and each amendment to the Constitution. Searchable.
Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute's presentation of the Congressional Research Service's Annotated Constitution : Analysis and Interpretation.

Guide to Law Online : United States Constitution
Law Library of Congress guide to web resources on the United States Constitution. Includes links to: Constitution text and commentaries; historical texts (Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, etc.); and, legal topic guides.


Westlaw : Campus Research : U.S. Constitution Annotated
United States Constitution annotated with links to court decisions, commentaries, law review articles, etc.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : U.S. Legal : U.S. Constitution Service
United States Constitution annotated with links to court decisions, commentaries, law review articles, etc.
From US Legal Section select: Federal Statutes, Codes, and Regulations to find searchable, browsable U.S.Constitution.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.


LAWS
U.S. Code


United States Code : U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel
The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States in effect as of a specified date.
You may:
---(1) Search for full-text from the United States Code by word.
---(2) Browse the most recent version of the United States Code.
Click on Download to browse.
---(3) Access the United States Code Classification Tables
"These tables show where recently enacted laws will appear in the United States Code and which sections of the Code have been amended by those laws."
---(4)Search or browse the United States Code Table of Acts Cited by Popular Name.
Prior versions of the U.S. Code (beginning with 1991) may be downloaded.

United States Code : LII Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School
You may access the United States Code in four ways:
---(1) full text (choose title, then chapter, then ...)
---(2) by popular name of an act
---(3) by citation (e.g. 22 USC 1501)
---(4) by word search
This version of the U.S. Code is "generated from the most recent version made available by the US House of Representatives."

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

United States Code : FDsys
The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search United States Code
Retrieve text by U.S. Code citation: Select Retrieve by Citation, then choose U.S. Code
Browse: Select United States Code from browse collections page
Coverage: Annual from 1994 to most recent available

LAWS
U.S. Statutes at Large

U.S. Statutes at Large : from American Memory
First eighteen volumes of the United States Statutes at Large with laws of the first forty-three Congresses, 1789-1875.

U.S. Statutes at Large : University of Cincinnati
Full-text (online facsimiles) of the United States Statutes at Large for 1st to 69th Congresses, 1789-1927.

U.S. Statutes at Large : LLMC
Full-text (online facsimiles) of the United States Statutes at Large.
Need volume and page number (U.S. statutes citation (example: 122 STAT. 4213) to locate text to view.
Coverage: v. 1 (1789; 1st Congress) - v. 122 (2008; 110th Congress).
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

REGULATIONS

RegInfo : Where to Find Federal Regulation Information
Connect to U.S. federal government regulation, regulatory review, and rulemaking information. Includes links to:
---Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan
---Executive Order 12866 Regulatory Review
---Information Collection Review
---Public Comment on Federal Rulemaking
---Federal Register
---Code of Federal Regulations
---RegMap

Code of Federal Regulations : FDsys
Code of Federal Regulations is the annual codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search Code of Federal Regulations by CFR citation, full-text, author ....
Browse: Select Code of Federal Regulations from browse collections page
Coverage: Annual CFR from 1996 to present

Federal Register : FDsys
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of United States federal government agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search Federal Register by FR citation, CFR citation, full-text, agency ....
Browse: Select Federal Register from browse collections page
Coverage: 1994 to present


ProQuest Congressional
Searchable full text of federal regulations.
---Federal Register, 1980 to present
---Code of Federal Reglations, 1981 to present.

LEGISLATION

Thomas : Legislative Information on the Internet
Thomas presents United States federal government legislation, legislative information, and information about Congress.

Thomas allows word searching and full text retrieval of:
---Congressional bills from the 101st to the present Congress
---Congressional Record from the 101st to the present Congress
Other legislative bill information includes:
---Bill summary and status from 93rd to the present Congress
---Lists of Public laws by law number and by bill number from 93rd to the present Congress
---Lists of vetoed legislation from 93rd to the present Congress
---House and Senate roll call votes from 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990) to present
---Chart showing status of appropriations bills

Congress information includes:
---Senate and House directories
---Floor schedules
---Links to House and Senate websites
---Links to House committees' and Senate committees' websites
---House and Senate committee reports from the 104th to the present Congress

Also available are:
---Searchable database of Presidential Nominations, 100th to the present Congress
---Treaty status, 90th to present Congress
---Links to Legislative Branch Internet resources
---Reference materials such as How Our Laws Are Made, a description of the legislative process in the U.S. Congress

Legislative Branch Resources on GPO Access
The Government Printing Office offers official Congressional and other legislative branch publications and searchable databases of Congressional publications. Includes: Congressional bills, debates, reports and documents, calendars, rules and procedures; U.S. public laws; Government Accountability Office reports and decisions; Independent Counsel investigations; and more.

ProQuest Congressional
Congressional offers U.S. federal government legislative and regulatory information and full-text publications.

Congressional information and publications include:
(1) Searchable index and abstracts of Congressional publications (begins in 1970).
(2) Searchable full text of Congressional bills, Congressional Record, and Congressional Committee reports, documents, prints and testimony (beginning dates of coverage vary)
(3) CIS (Congressional Information Service) legislative histories
(4) Bill tracking
(5) Searchable House and Senate rules
(6) Congressional committee rosters and schedules

Law and regulations include:
(1) Bills, bill tracking, legislative histories, public laws
(2) Searchable United States Code
(3) Federal regulations in searchable and full text Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations

Information about members of Congress includes biographical information, bills sponsored, voting records, floor statements, campaign finances and contributions, and financial disclosures.

Also available are:
(1) Articles from Roll Call, Hill, and Washington Post, Section A (Inside Washington section)
(2) Description of legislative process (Help section)
(3) Glossary of legislative terms (Help section)
(4) Hot bills and topics in Congress



Fee resource accessible at UCR Libraries.

Congressional Bills : FDsys
Congressional Bills is a searchable database containing full texts of all published versions of U.S. Congress bills and resolutions from the 103rd (1993-1994) Congress to the present Congress.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search Congressional Bills by citation, fulltext, sponsor ....
Browse: Select Congressional bills from browse collections page
Coverage: 103rd Congress (1993-1994) to present


UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions : LII (Legal Information Insititute)
Full-text of all United States Supreme Court opinions issued from May 1990 to the present. Select opinions by topic, author, or name of party.
Texts of 600+ historic Supreme Court opinions issued prior to 1990. Select opinions by topic, author, or name of party.
Current U.S. Supreme Court term decisions, orders, calendars.
U.S. Supreme Court rules

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions : FindLaw
Select (by year, by U.S. Reports citation, by party name, or by word in text) full text of U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1893 to present. May need to register to view fulltext for older decisions.

U.S. Supreme Court
The official web site of the Supreme Court of the United States offers:
---information about the Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices (biographies of current justices; list of all justices from 1789 to present)
---Court Schedule, Calendar, Argument Calendar, and Hearing Lists for current Supreme Court term
---Granted/Noted Cases List for the current Supreme Court term
--- Rules of the Supreme Court
---Bar admissions form and instructions
---Case handling guides
---Slip opinions from the current Supreme Court term (or from previous term until preliminary print is published)
---Oral arguments transcripts (beginning with October 2000 term)
---Visitor guides, press releases, media advisories

Selected Historic Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court
Texts of 631 historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions may be viewed. Select decision to view by topic, by party name, or by opinion author.
In Archive of Decisions section, select "historic" by topic, author, party.

U.S. Supreme Court : FindLaw
FindLaw offers U.S. Supreme Court:
--- opinions from 1893 to present (register to view fulltext of older opinions)
--- briefs from 1999-2000 term to present
---orders from October 1998-1999 term to present
---dockets for the current term
---index of cases by topic for 2000 to 2006 terms
---and more


COURT OPINIONS

Court Links : U.S. Courts
Connect to the websites of federal courts. Courts include courts of appeal, district courts, bankruptcy courts, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade , and U.S. Tax Court. Individual court websites often include full-text of recent opinions.

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

Google Scholar : Legal Opinions
Select "legal opinions and journals" option to search for citations to and full texts of United States court opinions. Includes full-texts of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, federal appellate court opinions (1924- ), federal district court and state supreme court opinions (1950- ).

California State Law

Official California Legislative Information
Includes:
Bill Information. Full text of California legislative bills from 1993 to the present. Includes bill status, bill history, votes, analyses, and veto messages.
California Law. California codes, statutes (from 1993 to present), and constitution.
Your Legislature. Information about California senators and assemblymen (home pages, addresses, memberships on committees), rules of the legislature, a glossary of legislative terms, and a description of how a bill becomes a law.
Legislative Publications. Includes: a legislative index (subject index of bills before the legislature); a table of California code sections affected by bills before the legislature; daily file; a list of agency reports required to be submitted to the Legislature and/or the Governor; California's Legislature, an in-depth intro to California legislative process.

California Courts : the Judicial Branch of California
Information about California courts and administration of justice in California courts. Includes:
---Links to websites of California courts (Supreme Court, courts of appeal, trial courts)
---Recent case opinions of the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal (and searchable for 1850- )
---Online Self-Help Center
---California Rules of Court, forms, info about jury service and jury instructions
---Courts statistics, court administration, judicial branch initiatives and programs

California Code of Regulations
Search for current California state regulations by keyword or select California state regulations text from an agency list or from a table of contents.

FindLaw California
FindLaw connects to California legal information on the Internet. Links are to California:
---codes, statutes, regulations
---judicial opinions: California case law from 1934 to present; free registration required for access to judicial opinions
---legal forms
---law schools, law libraries, legal associations/organizations
Links to some fee services and subscription websites, as well as free public websites.

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

Google Scholar : Legal Opinions
Select "legal opinions and journals" option to search for citations to and full texts of United States court opinions. Includes full-texts of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, federal appellate court opinions (1924- ), federal district court and state supreme court opinions (1950- ).

Other States Law

State Court Web Sites
Connect to web pages of [United States] state courts and judicial branch.

Guide to Law Online : U.S. States and Territories
Law Library of Congress guide connecting to state and territory law materials and legal sources.
For each state: constitutions; law codes, statutes, laws, regulations; bills and legislation; court directories, court opinions, court rules; and more.

State Legislatures, State Laws, and State Regulations : Website Links and Telephone Numbers : Legislative Source Book, Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
Source Book connects to websites of state legislatures and websites with online state legislative bills, laws/codes/statues, and regulations.

State Law Resources : LII (Legal Information Institute, Cornell)
For each of the 50 states, links to state constitutions, statutes, regulations, judicial opinions, etc.


Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

Google Scholar : Legal Opinions
Select "legal opinions and journals" option to search for citations to and full texts of United States court opinions. Includes full-texts of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, federal appellate court opinions (1924- ), federal district court and state supreme court opinions (1950- ).

Inland Empire Local Governments Ordinances

Riverside County Ordinances
County of Riverside:
---Codified Ordinances (organized by subject).
---County Ordinances (organized by ordinance number)
---Animal Ordinances
---Zoning Ordinances

Riverside City Municipal Code
City Charter and the Municipal Code of the City of Riverside.

San Bernardino County Code
This electronic, unofficial version of the San Bernardino County Code may be searched or browsed.

Local Government Ordinances

California Local Codes And Charters
Lists the local ordinance codes and charters of California cities and counties in the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library collection. Links to electronic (web) editions, if available.

MuniCode Library
Links to United States city and county codes on the Web.
All listed codes are published and maintained online by Municipal Code Corporation;

Code Library : American Legal Publishing
Online U.S. city and county codes available on the Web from American Legal Publishing.

International Law and Foreign Nations Law

GLIN : Global Legal Information Network
"A public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."
Texts are in their original languages and are accompanied by summaries in English.
"All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available for most jurisdictions."

Guide to Law Online : Multinational Reference
U.S. Law Library of Congress, guide to sources of information on international and national law and government. Links to:
---constitutions and constitutional law
---heads of state, cabinet members
---laws, legislatures
Includes links to general sources of information about individual countries and regions.

Guide to Law Online : Treaties
Law Library of Congress guide with links to collections of texts of treaties and to treaties research guides.

United Nations Treaty Collection
United Nations treaty series, League of Nations treaty series, multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, and more. Search for treaties by country, subject, title words, etc.

World Legal Information Institute
A collection of legal information from countries and international courts. Materials include case law, legislation , treaties, law reform reports and law journals. Links listed by country and by subject.

Guide to Law Online : Nations of the World
Law Library of Congress guide with country by country links to information about the each country, its constitution, laws, legal system, and government.
As available, includes links to country's:
---constitution, laws, regulations, court decisions
---legislature, courts, government agencies
Includes general info about each country (profile, human rights, economic conditions, etc.)

Last modified: 6/7/2012 4:03 PM by L. Reasoner

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