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Free and Low-Cost Legal Research  

A guide to useful legal information available on the open web, as well as to low-cost databases.
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Many legal employers either do not have Lexis or Westlaw contracts at all, or strictly limit the access to these expensive resources. Even attorneys with Lexis and Westlaw passwords can save money by doing as much research as possible in free or low-cost sources. This LibGuide provides an overview of free and low-cost legal research online.


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The cybersleuth's guide to the Internet : conducting effective free investigative & legal research on the Web - Carole A. Levitt & Mark E. Rosch
Call Number: KF242.A1 L481 2011
ISBN: 0971325723
A guide to doing legal and investigative research on the internet.

Table of Contents:

Introduction to the Internet and web browsers
Reliability and admissibility of information from the Internet
How to search the Web: search engines and directories
Search engines : Google
Other favorite search engines and meta-search sites
Finding older versions of web pages that have been deleted or revised
Free investigative research resources: to locate and background people
Finding experts and verifying their credentials
Locating and backgrounding attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals
Pay investigative research databases
Using the Internet for substantive legal research
Free online case law databases
Free "member benefit to lawyers" online legal research databases : case law and more
Internet sites for governmental research [information]
Finding legal web sites that are topic-, jurisdiction-, or format-specific
How to cite resources on the Internet
Technology tips

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Find info like a pro : mining the Internet's publicly available resources for investigative research - Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch
Call Number: KF320.A9 L485 2010
ISBN: 1604428902
Guide to investigative research for lawyers. Includes a CD-ROM and index.

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Google for lawyers : essential search tips and productivity tools - Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch
Call Number: K87 .L48 2010
ISBN: 1604428228
Comprehensive guide to google as a research and productivity tool.

Table of Contents:

Why use the Internet to locate information?
Introduction to Google
Basic (and not so basic) Google search strategies: all you need to know to become a good Internet researcher
Advanced Google search strategies: all you need to know to become a great Internet researcher
You've got your search results, now what? Understanding and manipulating the displayed search results
Google news
Google groups: retrieving information from over one billion publicly archived e-mail messages
Google image search: locating photos of individuals, products, and more
Google blog search
Google finance: monitor current financial news on public companies and market trends for due diligence and a competitive intelligence advantage
Google glossary
Google translate
Google books: quickly locate useful books, magazines and legal treatises, statutes, opinions, and legislative histories
Google maps
Location-based Google search via your non-Web-enabled telephone (GOOG-411)
Free knowledge-management tools from Google: desktop search
Google scholar: locate information from academic sources and retrieve free case law
Google apps: free collaboration tools to help solos and small firms compete with big-firm technology budgets
Google voice
Google search shortcuts
Google SMS (Short Message Service): retrieve information via text messaging
Google earth: now you can fly under the surface of oceans
Google's Uncle Sam search: a specialized search for federal government related resources
Google analytics: free traffic statistics for your Web site (you do have a web site, don't you?)
Advertising services from Google
Google's Web browser: chrome
Google knol: experts sharing their knowledge, one unit at a time.

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Electronic legal research : an integrated approach - Stephanie Delaney
Call Number: KF242.A1 D45 2009
ISBN: 1418080888
Guide to electronic legal research on both the internet, and on fee-based services such as LexisNexis and Westlaw. It begins with describing how to put together search terms that will get you what you are looking for, then covers legal research on the open web, including how to evaluate what you find.

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The lawyer's guide to fact finding on the Internet - Carole A. Levitt, Mark E. Rosch
Call Number: KF242.A1 L48 2006
ISBN: 1590316711
Table of Contents:

Using the Internet for factual research
Internet tools and protocol
Search strategies
Search tools
General factual research
Government resources online
Finding and backgrounding people
Accessing public records
Finding and backgrounding expert witnesses
Company research
Competitive intelligence research
Medical research
Scientific research
Environmental research
Foreign and international research
Law practice management and professional development
Statistical research
Transportation research
Entertainment industry research and intellectual property
Weblogs, RSS feeds & podcasts.

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